Pottery making holiday in Morocco

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Responsible tourism: Pottery making holiday in Morocco

Environment

Our company is dedicated to providing holidays that have minimal impact on the local environment and local eco-systems. The terrain and distances necessitates motorized travel, but our team of drivers are experienced, respectful of local environment and will stick to established pistes so as not to damage virgin, pristine desert.

We encourage our guests to purchase bottled water in large containers (local water is not recommended) and we can then decant from the 5-litre bottles to individual 500ml bottles en route, which can be kept cool in a cold-box. The water supply to this region of the Draa Valley is regulated by a reservoir and often only flows on certain days of the week to the palm groves. We remind our clients to take only showers, to turn off taps and of the necessity to conserve water that it is a luxurious commodity in this arid region.

All plastic water bottles and rubbish are gathered for recycling at municipal facilities, or burned at the desert campfires. Any food waste is fed to the donkeys, mules and camels.

Community

Our company work only with guides and drivers indigenous to the area - the co-director of the company is from a nomadic family in the Sahara and is also member of a non-profit association recently established in the village of M'Hamid el Ghizlane.

Where possible we use locally-owned hotels and restaurants that meet the needs of our clientele and have satisfactory cleanliness, safety and hygiene standards.

We have worked in collaboration with a co-operative of local Berber artisans to develop and deliver this particular holiday. The artisans are paid for their time, their expertise, the materials used and also we make a financial contribution for each of our clients to the Cooperative. We also encourage the involvement of local women of the artisan families to prepare midday meals for those participating in this holiday, where many women are excluded from earning income. Where we have female participants, we will be able to visit the women who work at home decorating ceramics for sale in the male-run shops. The 'tourism' environment is almost entirely male dominated and we hope that we can have local women artisans teaching our clients when circumstances permit.

On all our tours we encourage our clients to shop locally and away from the main hubs so as to maximise economic benefits to small, struggling communities.

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