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See detailForest and silvopastoral cover changes and its drivers in northern Morocco.
Chebli, Youssef ULiege; Chentouf, Mouad; Ozer, Pierre ULiege et al

in Applied Geography (2018), 101

In northern Morocco, forest and silvopastoral areas have always formed an integral part of goat feeding and consequently of extensive livestock systems. However, it was reported that these areas are now ... [more ▼]

In northern Morocco, forest and silvopastoral areas have always formed an integral part of goat feeding and consequently of extensive livestock systems. However, it was reported that these areas are now going through a gradual degradation mainly due to overgrazing, resulting in land use-land cover (LULC) changes. Doubts persist about actual goat grazing impacts on forest and silvopastoral cover changes. Detecting and understanding drivers of LULC changes has become a central component of current strategies for managing natural resources to implement appropriate development policies. The objectives of this study were to assess the forest and silvopastoral cover changes and transition among five major land cover classes that took place in the last three decades (1984–2014), to verify the hypothesis that goats act as a main driver of forest and silvopastoral de-gradation, and to explore the perception of stakeholders based on remote sensing data, field surveys, and overall statistics. Between 1984 and 2014, forest and silvopastoral areas declined by 25% (matorral included). Farmers and local institutions all agreed that drought, fire, soil erosion, and population growth are the most striking drivers of forest and silvopastoral decreases. One being utilitarian and the other protectionist, they have con-flicting perceptions about the effect of agricultural expansion, authority policy, deforestation, and overgrazing. The forest cover change is impacted by interaction among different change drivers. The levels of forest de-gradation depend on the intensity of this interaction. The outcomes confirm the alarming decrease in the amount of forest and silvopastoral cover. These results can be used as the first guide for future studies and decision-makers, focusing on the real drivers of forest and silvopastoral degradation, so as to develop targeted intervention to secure sustainable and sufficient resources needed for animal and population well-being. [less ▲]

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See detailSpatio-temporal behavior of goats in forest pasture of northern Morocco
Chebli, Youssef ULiege; Chentouf, Mouad; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULiege et al

in FARAH (Ed.) Proceeding of the 5th FARAH-Day (2018)

Grazing is associated with significantly different physical activities compared to confined goats. These activities are rarely studied despite their importance in the management and use of pastoral ... [more ▼]

Grazing is associated with significantly different physical activities compared to confined goats. These activities are rarely studied despite their importance in the management and use of pastoral resources. The purpose of this study was to characterize the spatio-temporal movement and the distance travelled by goats in forest pasture of northern Morocco. To accomplish this work, eight goats were equipped with GPS collars, for 3 days during the spring and summer. The grazing area and distance travelled were estimated higher in summer compared to spring. This can be explained by low forage supply in pasture during drought season. The results obtained will be very useful to the enrichment of our database in order to develop a model for the rational management of silvopastoral resources in northern Morocco. [less ▲]

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See detailDiet composition of goats in forest pasture of northern Morocco.
Chebli, Youssef ULiege; Chentouf, Mouad; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULiege et al

in FARAH (Ed.) Proceeding of the 5th FARAH-Day (2018)

In forest pasture, diet selection of goats is affected by the interaction of several factors such as goat characteristics, climate and existing pastoral species. Understanding the diet composition of ... [more ▼]

In forest pasture, diet selection of goats is affected by the interaction of several factors such as goat characteristics, climate and existing pastoral species. Understanding the diet composition of grazing goat will help to improve their productivity. The aim of this study was thus to determine the forage selection and the diet composition of goats grazing in a silvopastoral area in northern Morocco. Direct observation was used as a technique to evaluate grazing behavior of goats, during three consecutive days for three seasons (autumn, spring and summer). The goats spent more grazing time in autumn and summer. During this period, they performed the highest number of total bites. Intake rate and bite weight of palatable species depended significantly to the pastoral species and the season. The shrub was the most important part of the diet of goats. Goat remains an adapted animal to the seasonality of forest vegetation in northern Morocco. [less ▲]

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See detailGrazing behaviour of goats in Rif Mountains of Morocco by using new techniques
Chebli, Youssef ULiege; Keli, A.; Chentouf, M. et al

in Innovation for Sustainability in Sheep and Goats (2017)

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See detailGoat grazing in northern Morocco: problem or solution?
Chebli, Youssef ULiege; Chentouf, Mouad; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULiege et al

in Proceedings of the 4th FARAH-Day (2017)

In northern Morocco, silvopastoral areas are characterized by pastoral activities, and the goats find some or all their feed rations. Overgrazing is listed as a main factor of silvopastoral degradation by ... [more ▼]

In northern Morocco, silvopastoral areas are characterized by pastoral activities, and the goats find some or all their feed rations. Overgrazing is listed as a main factor of silvopastoral degradation by local authority and several authors. Goat cannot only be regarded as a problem for silvopastoral ecosystems. A survey, with local population and local authority, were conducted in several rural communes of northern Morocco, to understand the actual factors of silvopastoral degradation. According to all interviewed persons: agriculture development, authority policy, cannabis cultivation, deforestation, drought, fire, overgrazing, population growth and soil erosion are the most cited drivers of silvopastoral degradation. Local population and local authority have the same perception that soil erosion, drought, fire and population growth are factors of silvopastoral degradation. Goat grazing can be considerate as a solution and not just a problem. In some forest areas, goat grazing contributes to a reduction of burned areas by elimination of inflammable shrubs. Herd mobility, as an ecological rationality, is considered as a response to unexpected variability in pasture production and/or animal nutritional needs. Despite all forms of degradation, silvopastoral areas in northern Morocco continue to play a support of all livestock activities, considered an inevitable source of goats feeding. [less ▲]

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See detailExtensive goat production systems in northern Morocco: production and use of pastoral resources
Chebli, Youssef ULiege; Chentouf, Mouad; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULiege et al

in Porqueddu, C; Franca, A; Lombardi, G (Eds.) et al Grassland resources for extensive farming systems in marginal lands: major drivers and future scenarios (2017)

Grazing is a Mediterranean tradition with an unvaried importance in northern Morocco. Rangeland has known profound changes, inducing a major gap between pastoral supply and demand. This study aimed to ... [more ▼]

Grazing is a Mediterranean tradition with an unvaried importance in northern Morocco. Rangeland has known profound changes, inducing a major gap between pastoral supply and demand. This study aimed to assess pastoral production of pastures at two sites in northern Morocco (Derdara and Loubar) and investigate their use by goats. Concerning biomass production, we used the method of the reference module. The surveys were realized during the biomass evaluation period. Pastoral species, mainly Arbutus unedo, Cistus monspeliensis, Erica arborea, Lavandula stoechas and Pistacia lentiscus, represent the most palatable species selected by goats. Grazing is practised throughout the year except during rainy days when breeders practice ‘cut and carry’ of the branches. The biomass produced was estimated at 1,455 and 333 kg dry matter ha‑1, respectively, in Derdara and Loubar. Significant differences were observed depending on the season and according to sampling sites. Furthermore, the research showed the appearance of degraded areas dominated by annual species together with species of low pastoral interest – thorny plant species that characterize degraded areas. Due to climate changes and overgrazing, pastoral resources will have availability and quality reduced. The reasonable use of pastures, including a reduction in grazing pressure, should be developed to insure their sustainability. [less ▲]

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See detailBiomass production and use of silvopastoral areas in northern Morocco
Chebli, Youssef ULiege; Chentouf, M.; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULiege et al

in Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Goats (2016) (2016)

In Rif Mountain of Morocco, sylvopastoral systems satisfy the diverse needs of local population and represent the most important feed sources for goats. This system is under pressure due to climate change ... [more ▼]

In Rif Mountain of Morocco, sylvopastoral systems satisfy the diverse needs of local population and represent the most important feed sources for goats. This system is under pressure due to climate change and overgrazing. For a sustainable and integrated development of this area, it is essential to establish a resource assessment. This study aims to evaluate the pastoral production (biomass) and investigate the use of pasture in Rif Mountain (Loubar) exclusively used by goat herds. For biomass production, we used the method of the reference module. The surveys, on using pasture by breeders, were realized during the biomass evaluation period. The pastoral shrubs, mainly Cistus crispus, Cistus monspeliensis, Lavendula stoeches and Pistacia lentiscus, represent the most palatable species selected by goats. Breeders use pasture throughout the year, except on rainy days where they resort to limbing. The pasture was characterized by a poor floristic diversity (65 species) dominated by shrubs. The biomass produced was estimated at 373 kg dry matter per hectare composed for 63% by shrubs. For biomass production, significant differences were observed depending on the season and according to sampling sites. The continuous use of the same pasture for a long time can explain the low production estimated and appearance of unpalatable species, such as Arisarum vulgare, Daphne gnidium and Ranunculus sardous. In fact, due to the bad operating practices of pastoral resources, sylvopastoral areas will be less available and of lower quality. The reasonable use of these resources, including a reduction in grazing pressure, should be developed to ensure a better productivity and sustainability. [less ▲]

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See detailThe assessment of grazing intensity in northern Morocco, using new techniques
Chebli, Youssef ULiege; Chentouf, M.; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULiege et al

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In Rif Mountain of Morocco, forest rangelands provide goods and services, which satisfy the diverse needs of local population. These silvopastoral areas represent the most important feed sources for goats ... [more ▼]

In Rif Mountain of Morocco, forest rangelands provide goods and services, which satisfy the diverse needs of local population. These silvopastoral areas represent the most important feed sources for goats. Goats are exclusively conducted in extensive farming systems in which most nutrients from forest pastures. Grazing is associated with daily activities significantly different from those of animals in confinement, such as grazing behavior and distance. The assessment of grazing intensity is important for making adequate management decisions on rangelands. Currently, new techniques have been proposed to characterize the feeding behavior of goats on rangelands and throughout the day. These measures are now determined mainly by GPS collars and IceTag, which are used to monitor activity, location and movement of goat in grazing areas. The aim was to characterise their spatio-temporal movement and activities depending on the season (spring and summer), i.e. the variation in grazing intensities, daily trajectories of the herds, the number of steps, time spent standing and lying. This study was conducted in a forest rangeland (Derdara) in western of Rif Mountain. 8 Goats were fitted by GPS collars (attached around the animal’s necks) and IceTags (attached to a rear leg of goat) during three days. Grazing area was estimated to 151 ha with a perimeter of 10 km. Grazing time and covered distance were estimated to 9 vs 12 hours and 6.9 vs 9.2 km per day, respectively in spring and summer. The short duration of grazing during spring compare to summer can be explained by the high forage supply, coinciding with the vegetative peak of pastoral species. In summer, goats are exhausted due to high temperature which limits their movement in altitude. In spring, 62.4% of animal activity is devoted to grazing, against 68.7% in summer. During dry season (summer) goats move more compared to the spring (6600 vs 4400 steps per day, respectively in summer and spring), which was confirmed by GPS collars results. The study also revealed that the goats consumed mainly of palatable vegetation at ground level. Pasture area, itinerary and covered distance of goats varies depending on the season. The intersection of several parameters of pastoral assessment with the study of feeding behavior of goats on rangelands by using new techniques, could be useful in future to a better management of herd in time and space. [less ▲]

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See detailBiomass production and use of silvopastoral areas in northern Morocco: A case study of western Rif
Chebli, Youssef ULiege; Chentouf, M.; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULiege et al

in Proceedings of the 3nd FARAH Day, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (2016) (2016)

In northern Morocco, silvopastoral areas provide diverse needs for local population and livestock. These pasture represent the most important feed sources for goats in Rif Mountain. This study aims to ... [more ▼]

In northern Morocco, silvopastoral areas provide diverse needs for local population and livestock. These pasture represent the most important feed sources for goats in Rif Mountain. This study aims to evaluate biomass production and investigate the use of a silvopastoral area in two representative pastoral areas (Derdara and Loubare) exclusively used by goatherds. For biomass production, we used the method of the reference module. The surveys, on using pasture by breeders, were realized during the biomass evaluation period. The pastoral shrubs, mainly Arbustus unedo, Cistus crispus, Cistus monspeliensis, Erica arborea, Lavendula stoeches and Mentha pulegium, are the main diet of goats. Breeders use pasture throughout the year, except on rainy days where they resort to limbing. The pasture was characterized by an average level of diversity of pastoral flora in Derdara (94 species) and poor floristic diversity in Loubare (65 species) dominated by shrubs . The phytomass productions at Derdara and Loubare were estimated at respectively 1867 kg and 373 kg for dry matter per hectare. The continuous use of pastoral resources and lack of pasture management has considerably reduced the palatable pasture species and has allowed the appearance of low pastoral value species. Statistically significant differences were observed depending on season, with a maximum in the spring and a minimum in the winter, and according to sampling sites are differentiating by intensity of canopy cover. Management actions and use of silvopastoral resources, including a reduction in grazing pressure, should be developed to ensure better productivity and sustainability of these resources. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of new technology to estimate the grazing behavior of goats in northern morocco
Chebli, Youssef ULiege; Chentouf, M.; Cabaraux, Jean-François ULiege et al

in Proceedings of the 3nd FARAH Day, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (2016) (2016)

In northern Morocco, goats are exclusively or partially conducted in extensive farming systems in which most nutrients from forest pastures. Grazing is associated with daily activities significantly ... [more ▼]

In northern Morocco, goats are exclusively or partially conducted in extensive farming systems in which most nutrients from forest pastures. Grazing is associated with daily activities significantly different from those of animals in confinement, such as grazing behavior and distance. Currently, new techniques have been proposed to characterize the feeding behavior of goats on rangelands and throughout the day. These measures are now determined mainly by GPS collars and IceTag, which are used to monitor activity,location and movement in grazing areas. This study was conducted in two representative pastures (Derdara and Loubare) in western Rif. The study concerned the characterization of movement of goats on a silvopastoral pasture through using new technology. GPS collars have allowed us to estimate a distance travelled at 8 km for 10 hours of grazing per day. With IceTag (attached to a rear leg of goat), we estimated the number of steps and time spent standing, lying , and active. IceTags and GPS collars data was used simultaneously to estimate times spent grazing/eating, as well as other behaviors. The study also revealed that the goats consumed mainly of palatable vegetation at ground level. The intersection of several parameters of pastoral assessment with the study of feeding behavior of goats on rangelands will allow us in future to manage better the herd in time and space. [less ▲]

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See detailBiomass production and use of silvopastoral areas in the Rif Mountains of Morocco
Chebli, Youssef ULiege; Chentouf, Mouad; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULiege et al

in Casasus, I.; Lombardi, G. (Eds.) Mountain pastures and livestock farming facing uncertainty: environmental, technical and socio-economic challenges (2016)

In Northern Morocco, the forest rangelands provide goods and services, which satisfy the diverse needs of local population. These silvopastoral areas represent the most important feed sources for goats in ... [more ▼]

In Northern Morocco, the forest rangelands provide goods and services, which satisfy the diverse needs of local population. These silvopastoral areas represent the most important feed sources for goats in the Rif Mountain. This study aims to evaluate the biomass production and investigate the use of a silvopastoral area (Derdara) exclusively used by goatherds. For biomass production, we used the method of the reference module. A survey on using pasture by breeders was realized during the biomass evaluation period. The pastoral shrubs, mainly Arbutus unedo, Cistus crispus, Cistus monspeliensis, Erica arborea, Lavandula stoeches and Mentha pulegium, represent the fundamental diet for goats. Breeders use pasture throughout the year, except on rainy days where they resort to limbing. The pasture was characterized by a diversity average level of pastoral flora (94 species) dominated by shrubs. The biomass produced was estimated at 1867 kg dry matter per hectare composed for 74% by shrubs. Significant differences were observed concerning the intensity of the canopy cover, depending on the season and according to sampling sites. The continuous use of the same pasture for a long time, can explain the appearance of low pastoral value species in the study area, such as Arisarum vulgare, Daphne gnidium and Ranunculus sardous. The reasonable use of silvopastoral resources, including a reduction in grazing pressure, should be developed to ensure better productivity and sustainability of these resources. [less ▲]

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See detailProduction pastorale et laitière au niveau d’un élevage extensif au nord du Maroc
Chebli, Youssef ULiege; El Otmani, Samira ULiege; Hilal, Btissam et al

in Napoléone, M.; Ben Salem, H.; Boutonnet, J. P. (Eds.) et al The value chains of Mediterranean sheep and goat products. Organisation of the industry, marketing strategies, feeding and production systems (2016)

In Northern Morocco, silvopastoral area was a free fodder resource that contributes to regular feeding of goat. The study was conducted in extensive farming of dairy goat (Bouzahri pasture). The objective ... [more ▼]

In Northern Morocco, silvopastoral area was a free fodder resource that contributes to regular feeding of goat. The study was conducted in extensive farming of dairy goat (Bouzahri pasture). The objective is to estimate a pastoral contribution of pasture and its effect on production and milk quality. Biomass, floristic diversity and nutritional value were determined. A total of seventy pastoral species were recorded. The biomass production is estimated to 4963 kg DM/ha, composed of 89% by Calicotome villosa, Cistus crispus, Erica arborea, Inula viscosa, Lavandula stoechas, Olea europea and Pistacia lentiscus. Calicotome villosa has the highest energy and protein (PDI) levels with 0.62 UFL/kg DM, 0.52 UFV/kg DM and 52 g/kg DM of protein. The forage supply is estimated to 2250 FU/ha of energy and 72.6 kg/ha of PDIN, is evaluated at 450 euro/ha. In extensive farming, milk production is estimated to 55 kg/lactation/goat against 51 kg/lactation/goat in intensive farming (control). Goats feeding on pasture allows to reduce alimentary charge and better milk production that remains low qualitatively. Supplementation, to improve quality of milk products, is necessary. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude de l’évolution de la végétation pastorale et forestière dans le nord du Maroc entre 1984 et 2011
Chebli, Youssef ULiege; Chentouf, M.; Cabaraux, Jean-François ULiege

Conference (2015)

L'objectif de cette étude est d’étudier l’évolution de la végétation pastorale et forestière dans le nord du Maroc, entre 1984 et 2011, par l’utilisation de la télédétection et du système d’information ... [more ▼]

L'objectif de cette étude est d’étudier l’évolution de la végétation pastorale et forestière dans le nord du Maroc, entre 1984 et 2011, par l’utilisation de la télédétection et du système d’information géographique. La classification supervisée a été utilisé pour les images satellitaires Landsat, la méthode de la détection du changement entre les deux cartes thématiques a été appliquée. En 1984, l’espace forestier et pastorale a été estimé à 36,5 % du territoire, contre 31,5 % en 2011. Le recul, du couvert végétal, peut être expliqué par plusieurs facteurs, tel que l’augmentation de la population, le surpâturage et la mise en culture. Des zones d’augmentation du couvert végétal ont été remarquées, suite à la création de réserves naturelle et la mise en œuvre de projet de reboisement. Le constat de l’état des lieux actuel de la forêt est malheureusement inquiétant. Le recours à l’élaboration d’un système d’information géographique capable d’intégrer les modèles de prédiction à des sources de données aussi variées que les images satellites est une nécessité. [less ▲]

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See detailForest and pastoral areas change: A case study of northern Morocco (1984- 2014)
Chebli, Youssef ULiege; Chentouf; Cabaraux, Jean-François ULiege

in Proceedings of the 2nd FARAH Day, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (2015) (2015)

Land cover and land use change has become a central component in current strategies for managing natural resources and in environmental change monitoring. This study aims to investigate the trend ... [more ▼]

Land cover and land use change has become a central component in current strategies for managing natural resources and in environmental change monitoring. This study aims to investigate the trend evolution of forest and pastoral areas in Rif Mountain, between 1984 and 2014, on Landsat imageries using remote sensing and GIS techniques. The forest and pastoral areas declined from about 4548 km² in 1984 to about 3588 km² by 2014, while the non-forest and non-pastoral areas increased by some 7,7% from 7912 km² in 1984 to about 8872 km² by 2014. Deforestation, expansion of agricultural lands, increase of rural population, overgrazing have been identified as the main factors that contribute to the forest and pastoral areas degradation. To ensure the sustainability of pastoral and forest resources, management and protection actions should be undertaken. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment and spatial characterization of pastoral resources in northern Morocco
Chebli, Youssef ULiege; Chentouf, Mouad; Cabaraux, Jean-François ULiege

in Proceedings of the 1st FARAH Day, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (2014) (2014)

Rangelands represent the most important feed sources for goats in the Northern Morocco. Land cover and land use change has become a central component in current strategies for managing natural resources ... [more ▼]

Rangelands represent the most important feed sources for goats in the Northern Morocco. Land cover and land use change has become a central component in current strategies for managing natural resources and in environmental change monitoring. For a sustainable and integrated development of pastoral and forest resources, it is essential to establish a resource assessment system. The first step of this system will be to discover the trend of development of forest areas in Rif Mountain between 1984 and 2011 from satellite images and create a pastoral map of Chefchaouen region by using remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS). [less ▲]

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