The Kingdom of Morocco has made extensive studies of oases in the Strategy for the Planning and Development of Oases in Morocco hammered out by the Ministry of Territorial Planning, the Environment and Water as the implementing agency of the UNDP’s Programme Oasis Sud (POS). In this context Ipogea has been entrusted with the dual task of producing a book to launch a global appeal and an alliance of Arab countries for the protection of oases, and of creating an ecomuseum in the Tafilalet Oasis (southwest Morocco).
The concept of the Ecomuseum is based on the presentation of khettaras (catchments tunnels) as a symbol of the appropriate use of resources and the relationship between cultural heritage and sustainable development.
The Living Museum of Khettaras is a hands-on museum organized on a regional scale and experienced through an itinerary of travel and discovery. The visitor undertakes a journey of learning through various types of catchment tunnels, water-management systems and oases with the aid of screens presenting information and documentation, encounters with local people, art, folklore, music and traditions.
Spaces will be organized for leisure activities, hospitality and reception in certified family-managed structures and hotels. Local associations, the Jamâa, and artisans will be involved in the management and organization of the Museum.
The Ecomuseum, the visitors’ itinerary, details of the visit and information regarding accommodation, directions and contact with communities and host families, complete with Google Earth geo-reference points, will be available for consultation on the Internet and, via wi-fi, throughout the on-site visitors’ itinerary.