Al Hoceima National Park is located along the Mediterranean cliffs of Morocco in the unique ecoregion of the Alboran Sea. The Park hosts a high level of Mediterranean and Atlantic marine biodiversity, a variety of habitats (vertical cliffs, superficial caves, sandy bottoms) and important and vulnerable species, such as osprey (Pandion haliaetus), red corals (Corallium rubrum) and giant limpets (Patella ferruginea).
Morocco is improving its protected areas system, and the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation was asked to support the Moroccan administration. The first initiative is a project coordinated by the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation together with the Haut Commissariat aux Eaux et Forets et la Lutte contre la Désertification (HCEFLCD), and financed by the Spanish Organismo Autónomo de Parques Nacionales. This project, aimed at enhancing the governance and management of Al Hoceima National Park, is being carried out in close collaboration with SEO/BirdLife which is implementing a complementary project in the Park, financed by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation.
Activities of a two-year time frame from the projects have been shared and discussed during a series of participatory meetings aimed at coordinating complementary projects for the implementation of the Park in Morocco. Some 30 international, national and local participants representing government agencies and environmental and social authorities participated in the discussion and the planning of the works.