Environmental Impacts of Argan Oil

Argan trees are an environmental asset. They act as a natural barrier against desertification, preventing soil erosion and protecting water sources, which is increasingly important in hot countries like Morocco. Increased demand for argan oil has put the argan forests at risk of being wiped out. This outcome would have major environmental consequences on the landscape and local communities.

To help protect Morocco’s exclusive environment, the argan forests were declared protected as part of the UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1998. This initiative aims to improve the sustainability of the relationship between people and their eco-systems, protecting Moroccan traditions, and the forests.