Landscape features, tranquility and democracy structure the attractiveness of the site
The development of a cultural service indicator for Mediterranean wetlands
A work on monitoring of environmental services was conducted between January and June 2012 on the site of Sidi Boughaba, small coastal wetland located in the north of Rabat in Morocco, classified in 1951 and labelized as Ramsar site in 1980. This study was lead by the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory, in partnership with the University of Casablanca, the NGO SPANA (Society for the Protection of Animals and Nature) which manages the site through an agreement with the Haut Commissariat aux Eaux et Forêts et à la Lutte Contre la Désertification (HCEFLCD – High Commission on Water, Forests and the Fight against Desertification) and the NGO Med-INA – Mediterranean Institute for Man and Nature. It aims to test the feasibility of a new cultural indicator of Mediterranean wetlands, especially their educational and tourism role. This work has combined a quantitative census of visitors between 2002 and 2012 and a qualitative survey among 110 visitors, with a proportion of 80% that came for tourism reasons and 20% for educational ones.