Morocco/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.2 Heritage issues and policies

The newest heritage-related development is the National Museums Institution, a semi-public institution responsible for museum management. There is currently no roster of  archaeological groups.

Heritage building renovation policies are supervised by the building inspection bodies of the provincial directorates. There are no laws forcing provincial heads to comply with the MOC for building restoration. This leaves provincial directorates charged with trying to restore ancient buildings within MOC regulations while abiding by governors. Complicating the matter, a significant new development has emerged in recent years: in the city of Marrakech Al-Hamra, ancient palatial houses are sold at incredibly high prices to world celebrities, who use them as seasonal or permanent residences.

Private purchase of ancient archaeological buildings threatens their existence.  As is, the MoC lacks the structure to list and arrange the existing historical buildings.

Chapter published: 05-05-2016