World Water Forum: Morocco determined to strengthen its climate resilience (Mr. Baraka)

World Water Forum: Morocco determined to strengthen its climate resilience (Mr. Baraka)
World Water Forum: Morocco determined to strengthen its climate resilience (Mr. Baraka)

Thursday, May 23, 2024 at 8:12

Bali (Indonesia) – Morocco has identified a series of strategic projects capable of strengthening the climate resilience of the Kingdom and relieving its conventional water resources, said Wednesday in Bali (Indonesia), the Minister of Equipment and ‘Water, Nizar Baraka.

“We have identified a series of strategic projects aimed at relieving conventional water resources, strengthening our climate resilience and boosting economic development,” said Mr. Baraka, who was speaking at a high-level panel organized at the Pavilion of Morocco as part of the 10th edition of the World Water Forum (May 18-25).

According to a press release from the Ministry of Equipment and Water, Nizar Baraka gave a brief overview of the national water situation affected by the consequences of climate change, stressing that Morocco has adopted, in accordance with the High Royal Guidelines, an approach which revitalized the country’s water policy.

This policy is based on three major levers, namely the acceleration of the pace of implementation of projects to mobilize conventional water resources, the development of unconventional water resources (such as the desalination of sea water and the demineralization of brackish water), as well as water saving, hydraulic efficiency and the preservation of groundwater, notes the press release.

The Moroccan official noted that the expansion of the park of seawater desalination stations in Morocco made it possible to move to a production capacity of 192 million m3 per year with 15 operational stations, thus strengthening the supply of drinking, industrial and irrigation water.

The minister said that this year will be marked by the construction of the largest seawater desalination station in Africa, the objective of which is to strengthen the supply of drinking water to the city of Casablanca and the irrigation of 5000 hectares of agricultural land.

This plant, the first phase of which will be operational in 2026, will ultimately have a production capacity of 300 million m3 per year, he specified.

The desalination program adopted by Morocco will allow it to achieve a total annual production capacity of more than 1,700 million m3 of desalinated seawater by 2030 and 1,980 million m3 by 2045, he said. -he adds.

Given the impact on the cost of water produced, Morocco is committed to promoting the use of renewable energies to power its desalination installations, he noted, arguing that the transition to more sustainable energy sources would help reduce production costs while improving the environmental footprint, such as the Dakhla desalination station whose electricity supply is produced from the energy generated by its wind farm .

Held under the theme: “Towards the development of resilient seawater desalination and brackish water demineralization projects in favor of water and food security”, this high-level panel made it possible to share experiences and good ideas. practices regarding unconventional water resources, to discuss the challenges related to financing these resources, and to explore opportunities and partnerships between countries in this area.

This event was attended by ministers representing different countries, donors, funding organizations, private sector actors and international academic institutions.

Installed on the occasion of the 10th World Water Forum, the Morocco Pavilion serves as a space dedicated mainly to the creation of a dynamic of exchange and sharing of experiences and good practices around the issue of water. ‘water.

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