General mobilization against the effects of drought. Indeed, His Majesty King Mohammed VI chaired at the Royal Palace in Rabat, a working session devoted to the monitoring of the National Program for the supply of drinking water and irrigation 2020-2027.
This meeting is part of the interest and high concern of His Majesty the King, may God assist Him, for the strategic issue of water, which has been the subject of important Royal Directions contained in the opening speech of the Parliament, last October, and three working sessions chaired by the Sovereign.
During this session, the Minister of Equipment and Water, Mr. Nizar Baraka, made a presentation to the Sovereign on the water situation and on the progress of the implementation of the various components of this program.
Thus, in accordance with the High Royal Instructions aimed at accelerating this Program and updating its consistency, a significant additional investment has been granted, bringing its overall budget to 143 billion dirhams. In this context, it has been emphasized that
– The acceleration of the project of interconnection of the Sebou, Bouregreg and Oum Er-Rbia water basins, with the realization of the urgent part of this interconnection on 67 km;
– Programming of new dams and updating of the costs of about twenty dams planned, thus increasing the storage capacity of 6.6 billion m3 of fresh water;
– Accelerating non-conventional water mobilization projects, through the programming of seawater desalination plants and the increase of treated wastewater reuse capacities;
– Strengthening the supply of drinking water to the rural world, by extending coverage to more douars and strengthening the logistical and human resources mobilized.
In addition, and in view of the climatic and hydric situation that has had a negative impact on the agricultural season and the availability of pastures this year, His Majesty the King has given His High Instructions to the Government to activate, as in the previous year, the emergency measures of the Program to fight against the effects of drought.
Finally, the Sovereign urged the departments and agencies concerned to double their vigilance in this vital area and to be effective in carrying out the projects programmed according to the established schedule.
This working meeting took place in the presence of the Head of Government, Mr. Aziz Akhannouch, the Advisor to HM the King, Mr. Fouad Ali El Himma, the Minister of Interior, Mr. Abdelouafi Laftit, the Minister of Economy and Finance, Ms. Nadia Fettah, the Minister of Equipment and Water, Mr. Nizar Baraka, the Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Ms. Leila Benali, and the Director of the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water, Mr. Abderrahim El-Baraka. Nizar Baraka, the Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Ms. Leila Benali, and the Director of the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water, Mr. Abderrahim El Hafidi.