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Morocco: King Mohammed VI Leads Water Crisis Session

“Morocco’s Water Security Challenge”
Morocco is grappling with a severe water crisis, marked by a drastic decrease in rainfall and a critical reduction in water reserves, posing a challenge to the nation’s water security.
“Royal Focus: King Mohammed VI’s Leadership in Water Crisis Management”

In response to this escalating situation, King Mohammed VI led a focused working session at the Royal Palace in Rabat to address the nation’s water issues. This session highlights His Majesty’s strong commitment and proactive approach to this strategic issue, particularly in light of the current challenges posed by significant precipitation deficits and the increasing demand for water resources throughout the Kingdom.
“Alarming Statistics: Presenting the Water Situation by Minister Nizar Baraka”
At the onset of the session, Mr. Nizar Baraka, the Minister of Equipment and Water, presented a concerning overview of the water situation. The data revealed a 70% shortfall in rainfall from September to mid-January 2024, compared to the average. Furthermore, the dam filling rate was recorded at a mere 23.2%, a considerable decrease from 31.5% during the same period in the previous year.
“National Strategy: The 2020-2027 Program for Drinking and Irrigation Water Supply”
Following the directives of King Mohammed VI, the National 2020-2027 Program for Drinking and Irrigation Water Supply has played a crucial role in ensuring adequate drinking water supply in various provinces and regions across Morocco. Significant strides have been made under this program, such as the successful interconnection of the Sebou and Bouregreg basins and the inauguration of state-of-the-art desalination plants in Agadir and Safi/JorfLasfar.
“Emergency Response: Developing an Action Plan for Water Shortages”
The Minister also outlined an emergency action plan before His Majesty, tailored to address the immediate water supply needs and particularly focused on cities, centers, and localities that are either currently deficient or at risk of facing water shortages. This comprehensive plan encompasses a range of measures including the optimal mobilization of resources from dams, wells, and existing desalination plants, the prompt implementation of water supply and distribution facilities, and, where necessary, the enactment of measures to restrict irrigation water or distribution flows to conserve resources.
“Long-Term Solutions: Accelerating Projects for Sustainable Water Management”

In addition to immediate measures, the King emphasized the acceleration of ongoing projects with a medium-term impact. These projects include further dam constructions, enhanced interconnections between key basins such as Sebou, Bouregreg, and Oum Rabia, the expansion of the national program for seawater desalination plants, initiatives for the reuse of treated wastewater, and programs aimed at water conservation in both drinking water and irrigation networks.
“Mobilizing Resources: Conservation and Efficient Distribution of Water”

These initiatives reflect a holistic and forward-looking approach to water management, aiming to ensure long-term water security and sustainability.
“The Call for Vigilance: Ensuring Water Security Across the Kingdom”
King Mohammed VI underscored the importance of relentless vigilance and concerted efforts by relevant departments and organizations to confront the challenge of water security and to guarantee the provision of drinking water across all regions of the Kingdom.
“Community Engagement: The Role of Public Awareness in Water Conservation”

Recognizing the criticality of public awareness and engagement, His Majesty called for transparent and regular communication with the citizens about the evolving water situation and the emergency measures being implemented. He stressed the importance of educating the public on water conservation and combating all forms of waste or irresponsible use of this essential resource.
“Collaborative Effort: The Importance of Interdepartmental Cooperation”

The session was attended by key figures, including Mr. Fouad Ali El Himma, Advisor to His Majesty the King, Mr. Abdelouafi Laftit, the Minister of the Interior, Mr. Mohamed Sadiki, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests, Mr. Fouzi Lekjaa, the Minister Delegate to the Minister of the Economy and Finance, in charge of the Budget, and Mr. Abderrahim El Hafidi, the General Director of the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water. Their presence underscored the multi-faceted nature of the water crisis and the collaborative effort required to address it.
“Conclusion: A Holistic Approach to Resolving Morocco’s Water Crisis”

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This working session, under the stewardship of King Mohammed VI, signifies a pivotal moment in Morocco’s journey towards resolving its water crisis. It demonstrates a committed leadership, acknowledging the complexities of water management in the face of environmental challenges, and setting a course for sustainable and equitable water use in the Kingdom. The measures discussed and the strategies laid out in the session reflect a comprehensive approach to tackling the water crisis, balancing immediate needs with long-term sustainability goals, and emphasizing the role of public awareness and participation in this critical endeavor.

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