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Morocco adopts effective policy to ensure water security

  • Morocco adopts effective policy to ensure water security
    Nizar Baraka, Minister of Economy and Finance of Morocco, speaks during a plenary session at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia in Istanbul, 4-6 June 2012. Copyright World Economic Forum

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Morocco has adopted an effective water policy to ensure water security and sustainable development, said the Minister of Equipment and Water, Nizar Baraka.

The Agence Marocaine de Presse informed that this policy aims at a sustainable and integrated development of water resources taking into account the challenges and current and future needs and the possible impact of climate change on Morocco.

Baraka reviewed the main aspects of this policy which aims at a better management of water resources through the construction of dams, noting in this regard that Morocco now has 149 large dams with a total capacity of 19.3 billion cubic meters and 136 small dams to support local development.

The Minister also said that 15 other large dams with a total capacity of over 4.3 billion cubic meters are under construction as well as 30 small dams.

In this context, and in order to have a reference framework for the national water policy for the next 30 years, Baraka noted that the Ministry is currently working on the revision and enrichment of the final version of the national water plan in light of the recommendations of the new development model of the country in a participatory framework with the departments concerned.

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