Marrakech/Agadir, South Western Morocco
This ‘flagship’ field trip involves a week-long visit to south western Morocco and is based in the iconic historic city of Marrakech and the coastal tourist centre of Agadir. The trip provides final year students with an experience of the human and physical geography of a country which reflects a long and varied historical journey on a continent with contrasting climatic and cultural characteristics. You will visit a number of locations which illustrate the cultural and physical background to Morocco but also provide examples of current issues and challenges faced by the country. These include the degradation of the environment through vegetation removal and over-exploitation and soil erosion, the conservation and management of water resources and other natural resources such as the argan woodland, the role of women in Islamic Moroccan society and the development of a sustainable tourism industry. Visits include the world famous medina and square Jmaa El Fnaa in Marrakech, historic grain stores and local women’s cooperatives in the Anti Atlas Mountains, the Argan Biosphere Reserve and Souss-Massa National Park near Agadir and desert oases in the far south of the country.