The Society for Animal Welfare and Conservation (SPANA MAROC) of the British Association SPANA, a Moroccan association chaired by Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Asma, was first declared in 1959.
Nature conservation activities
Nature conservation activities fall under national or international programs, for example:
Run the Ramsar site of Sidi Boughaba with the mandate of the High Commission for Water and Forests and fight desertification.
Participate in the preparation and implementation of plans for the management and processing of some protected areas.
Implementing projects in partnership with the High Commission for Water and Forests and combating desertification, such as the micro-grant program and equipping the Environmental Museum for Tobacco and Diagnosis in Education, Information and Communication within the framework of the protected areas management project funded by the International Environment Fund.
Conducting or participating in the research, traceability and development projects of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (UICN), BirdLife International, the Emerod Network, Circle Med and the North African Wetlands Network Project.
The Association contributes to the formation of:
Veterinary students of the Hassan II Institute for Agriculture and Veterinary who spend part of their training in the centers of the Association, in the form of compulsory training.
Footwear through the vocational training for the benefit of twenty shoes each year and follow them at the beginning of their careers.
Teachers and framers in order to receive the general public in natural spaces.
Mountain guides, through training on the care and use of mules at the training center in the mountain professions of Tabant.
The Association also organizes and funds seminars for continuous training for students, veterinarians, professionals and research professors.
Animal welfare activities
The centers have the necessary equipment to examine, treat and recover horses, dogs and cats. The mobile clinics of some centers enable daily treatment of equines in neighboring markets or transfer them to the center for in-depth treatment if necessary.
The centers are shelters for sheltering abandoned dogs and cats and looking for adopters after treatment and vaccination and when absolutely necessary makes the suffering of abandoned animals that do not find those who adopt them in a compassionate way. The association is campaigning to reduce the breeding of unwanted dogs and cats by sheltering and sterilizing them.
The association also works to follow up and control some animals in partnership with the local authorities and concerned authorities, such as regular technical examinations of horse horses in Marrakech and Meknes and the mules of mountain guides in Imlil and Azilal.
The Society distributes equipment that maintains the safety and comfort of animals, such as bridles, shape, necklaces and protective bandages to replace harmful and performing equipment.
Tests and treatments are provided by thirty private veterinarians under contract with the association and assisted by the association’s technicians.
All the services of the association are provided free of charge, they are directed to the animals that are in the property of the destitute. To the British SPANA Association, which collects donations from philanthropists and animal lovers in other countries, especially in Britain.
The organization’s goals
Attachment to service animals and domestication animals.
Contribute to the preservation of Morocco’s natural heritage, its biodiversity and the permanent use of its natural resources.
Training, sensitization and environmental education.
Help the destitute or the disabled with animals.
In addition to the British Association (SPANA de Grande Bretagne), which participates in its work in Morocco, the association is a member of other networks including the International Union for Conservation of Nature (UICN), the World Society for Animal Welfare (WSPA), the Mediterranean Information Office on Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO). -ECSDE), Middle East Animal Welfare Network (MENAW), Mediterranean Institute of Nature and Human (Med INA), Arab Network for Environment and Development (RAED), North Africa Wetland Network (RENAZH).
The association also has agreements with the ministries in charge of agriculture, water and forestry, the environment, civic education and affiliated institutions.
The objectives of the association are achieved through nine regional centers and a national center for environmental education. The regional centers operate simultaneously as hospitals and animal shelters, as well as spaces for sensitization and environmental education.
The Casablanca Center is also a center for the treatment of people with special needs by horses and pets.