INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ARGANIA

Updated: May 23


UNESCO added the Argan Tree to the Representative List of Humanity's Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2014. The International Day of Argania will be celebrated this year under the slogan “The Argan tree, symbol of resilience”. This tree reminds us of the tenacity of nature.


The argan tree withstands temperatures of up to 50° Celsius.

The argan tree (Argania spinosa) is a native species of the sub-Saharan region of Morocco, in the southwest of the country, which grows in arid and semiarid areas. It’s the defining species of a woodland ecosystem, also known as Arganeraie, which is rich in endemic flora. It is resilient to a harsh environment under water scarcity, risk of erosion and poor soils.


This ecosystem of extraordinary beauty is not only important in terms of conservation, but also for research and socio-economic development, due to its forestry, agricultural and livestock use.


The argan trees are a true bastion against desertification, which can reach 10 meters in height and can live for 200 years.

The argan tree woodlands provide forest products, fruits and fodder. The leaves and the fruits are edible and highly appreciated, as is the undergrowth, and constitute a vital fodder reserve for all herds, even in periods of drought. The trees are also used as fuelwood for cooking and heating.


FUNDAMENTAL PILLAR FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The argan tree is typically a multipurpose tree that supports income generation, increases resilience and improves climate adaptation, playing a very important role in achieving the three dimensions of sustainable development - economic, social and environmental - at the local level.


A symbol of eternity and resistance, the argan tree has a strong symbolic and emotional value for local communities.

The sustainable argan production sector contributes to the economic empowerment and financial inclusion of local communities, especially women living in rural areas. Cooperatives are instrumental in promoting local job opportunities and can play an important role in contributing to food security and in eradicating poverty.


This unique region, where argan trees have been cultivated for centuries combines agricultural biodiversity, resilient ecosystems and valuable cultural heritage. For that reason, it has gotten recognition and protection from various UN entities.


Main sources: un.org, moroccoworldnews.com, wipo.int


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