Vulnerability of Ecosystem Services to Climate Change and Anthropogenic Impacts in South East of Morocco: The Drying Up of Iriki lake

By Ahmed Karmaoui, Mohammed Messouli and Mohammed Yacoubi Khebiza.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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The Pre-Saharan aquatic environments in south east of Morocco have a great importance as support for various activities; the Iriki Lake was leading these environments. This lake was a home to a large number of habitats and a rich biodiversity, including several species that have a valuable interest in national biodiversity and even across the globe. Unfortunately, ecosystem services in the region are increasingly threatened by climate change and anthropogenic actions. In fact since the 70s the decrease of precipitation and the construction of Mansour Eddahbi dam are responsible for the drying up of Iriki lake who became a "salty desert". In this paper we assess how climate change and anthropogenic has affected ecosystem services and what is the human behavior to response (reaction) of these changes. The analysis is made through the application of the conceptual model Integrated Science for Society and the Environment (ISSE) developed by ILTER. In order to do it an analysis of available data and a program of outputs and a socio-economic and ecological survey, supplemented by interviews with the heads of government departments and local organizations working in the socio-economical and environmental field

Keywords: Ecosystem Services, Climate Change, Anthropogenic Factors

International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 7, Issue 3, September 2015, pp.81-100. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: September 22, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 4.612MB)).

Ahmed Karmaoui

Doctoral Student, Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Sciences Semlalia, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakesh, Marrakesh, Marrakesh, Morocco

Mohammed Messouli

Department of Environmental Sciences,, Faculty of Sciences Semlalia, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco

Mohammed Yacoubi Khebiza

Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Sciences Semlalia, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco


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