A moment of teamwork on HAF’s annual tree planting day in 2021. (Photo: HAF, January 2021)

Marrakech, Morocco (MaraviPost) – The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) with hundreds of volunteers from  dozens of communities across Morocco will mobilize to together plant thousands of fruit trees during the organization’s annual tree planting event, this year titled “Green Hope,” on Monday, January 17, 2022.

Trees from the 14 HAF-supported community nurseries in eight Moroccan provinces will be planted by youth, cooperatives, associations, and farmers at various locations in the Marrakech-Safi, Souss-Massa, Draa-Tafilalet, Beni Mellal-Khenifra, Fes-Meknes, Oriental, and Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima regions, and in Boujdour.

HAF has organized this event on the third Monday of January since 2014 when the organization planted its millionth tree. Not only is the date an ideal time for planting in Morocco, it also coincides with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, which celebrates the same dedication to community and sustainable development that HAF represents.

This year, the “Green Hope” event also coincides with Tu B’Shevat, a Jewish holiday that celebrates the environment through the planting of trees. In celebration, HAF will plant fruit trees in Moroccan Jewish cemeteries in select regions of the country and at the American Legation building in Tangier.

HAF is also pleased to have the support of Dar America Casablanca, part of the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca, to sponsor 100 youth participants of BE GREEN, a field-based experiential STEAM learning program implemented by HAF. In addition to this tree planting day of service, these youth will learn critical skills to work in the emerging green tourism sector in Morocco.

This tree planting season, which began in December 2021 and ends in March 2022, the High Atlas Foundation is collaborating with farming communities around Morocco to transplant 1 million fruit tree saplings from 14 nurseries, which together total more than 2 million seeds. Over 4 million trees have been planted to date, including over 240,000 so far this year. For more information on how farming communities can benefit from the tree planting initiative this year, visit the HAF website.

Follow Green Hope activities live and via story content on Facebook and Instagram throughout the day of January 17.

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