Abderrahim (Abder) Ouarghidi

  • Research Associate
  • Office of International Programs/Department Ecosystem Science and Management
Abderrahim (Abder) Ouarghidi
106 Ag Admin Building
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-863-0249
Fax: 814-865-3055

Areas of Expertise

  • Indigenous knowledge and conservation
  • Participatory approaches to sustainable development and conservation
  • Community based conservation and traditional management of protected areas
  • Agroforestry
  • Gender and resource management

Dr Abderrahim Ouarghidi has over decade of experience working in sustainable development and conservation. He is been involved in research on: conservation of natural resources, traditional ecological knowledge, medicinal plants, gender and natural resources management, community protected areas. His work in development and research are both driven by participatory approaches. He has conducted training in participatory methods and approaches with universities and governmental organizations across Morocco. He had extensive experience in monitoring and evaluation of research and development projects. He has a PhD in Ethnoecology and Conservation from the University of Cadi Ayyad in Marrakech, Morocco.

Dr Abderrahim Ouarghidi has diverse research interests ranging from: medicinal plants knowledge and conservation; participatory approaches to sustainable development and conservation; research and development practice ethics; traditional knowledge and ethnomedecine; community based conservation and traditional management of protected areas (Agdal); sustainable agriculture including agroforestry; gender and water resource management. His research interests are united by the idea human well-being is tied to environmental sustainability. He uses mixed method and systems’ approaches always ensuring the participation of local people and communities. His early research examined the use of endangered species and black magic and traditional knowledge of medicinal plants. His PhD research examined substitution of medicinal plants throughout the supply chain and communities’ strategies to ensure sustainable harvest of wild medicinal plants. The result of his PhD research have lead to projects, in collaboration with local communities, that seek to build on traditional management strategies for sustainable harvest and domestication of economically important medicinal roots. His work in development has giving him substantial insights into the needs and aspiration of communities across Morocco, especially in terms of water scarcity and agriculture production. Because of this he is increasingly interested in water management as well as the role of gender in natural resources management.