UM6P: brainstorming on the management of water scarcity in Morocco

Gathered within the framework of a scientific congress initiated jointly by the Council of the Moroccan community abroad (CCME) and the UM6P, under the theme “Governance and management of water scarcity: Challenges and priorities “, the participants pleaded in favor of the involvement of Moroccan skills established abroad in public debates relating to the major questions and concerns of citizens and to integrate them into all development projects.

The speakers, including Moroccan officials, researchers and experts in regional and international organizations concerned with water, climate change and renewable energies, also called for taking advantage of the expertise of Moroccan skills abroad, which are able to offer innovative solutions to the problem of water scarcity.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of this meeting, the Secretary General of the CCME, Mr. Abdellah Boussouf, indicated that this meeting is part of the implementation of the High Royal Guidelines contained in the speech of the Feast of the Revolution of the King and the People relating to the accompaniment of Moroccan skills and talents abroad and to support their initiatives and their projects as well as within the framework of the interaction with the High Royal Orientations concerning the treatment of the water issues and the fight against structural water stress in our country.

In this context, Mr. Boussouf stressed the importance of creating an agency dedicated to Moroccan skills established abroad, with the aim of taking advantage of their expertise in accordance with the recommendations of the Special Commission on the new development model.

For his part, the president of the UM6P, Mr. Hicham El Habti, noted that Morocco pays great attention to the issue of water scarcity management in accordance with the High Royal Guidelines, indicating that this establishment of Higher education has since its opening, worked to take advantage of Moroccan skills established abroad, which represent 70% of the teaching staff of this university.

In this context, he stressed that the UM6P puts research and innovation at the center of its strategy, particularly in priority areas such as water management, as evidenced by the creation of the International Institute for Water Research ( IWRI), which implements inter- and transdisciplinary programs around issues related to Water and Climate, within the UM6P campus.

The governor of the province of Rehamna, Mr. Aziz Bouignane, for his part, welcomed the initiative to organize this meeting, which comes just after the High Royal Guidelines contained in the Speech of HM King Mohammed VI at the opening of the autonomous session of Parliament, noting that the management of water scarcity in the Kingdom requires the promotion of innovation and scientific research.

In this context, Mr. Aziz Bouignane emphasized the need to find solutions adapted to the territories and taking into account their specificities.

In a statement to M24, the continuous news television channel, Mr. Abdelghani Chehbouni, director of the International Water Research Institute under UM6P, noted that the management of water scarcity in Morocco involves increasing the volume of water from the desalination of seawater, and this, by promoting innovation for the reduction of the energy cost of this technique, the treatment of wastewater and its reuse for the irrigation, the rationalization of irrigation, which consumes 87% of our water resources and the development of techniques based on space remote sensing and artificial intelligence.

The participants in this scientific congress discuss themes relating in particular to “Development policies and water resources”, “water governance”, “the use of unconventional techniques”, “water sovereignty and food security”. ” and “the contribution of Moroccan skills abroad in the fields of water, climate change and the fight against water stress in Morocco”.

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UM6P: brainstorming on the management of water scarcity in Morocco

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