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King Mohammed VI calls for new approaches to combat water scarcity

Moroccan king Mohammed VI has called for reinvigorated and urgent action to tackle the water and societal crises that are affecting all of the nation’s sectors and economic growth. The king dedicated a large portion of his speech during the opening of the legislative year to discussing the water crisis. He stressed that the current state of water resources concerns ‘all of us; government, institutions, and citizens.’

Calling for shared responsibility and  “diligent handling” of water, the king warned that the water issue should not be “exploited for political outbidding purposes, nor should it be used to stoke social tensions.” He also called for “greater efforts to ensure rational, responsible water use.”

One of the initiatives Morocco introduced this year was the National Program for the Supply of Drinking Water and Irrigation 2020-2027, launched by the Office for Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE). The program seeks to increase the capacity of Moroccan dams from 18 billion cubic meters to 27 billion. Morocco’s measures also include the construction of desalination water plants as well as basins and dams.


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