The African Development Bank (AfDB) is financing, to the tune of €201,000, feasibility studies on dams and the interconnection between several water basins in Morocco. The funding has been allocated through the pan-African bank's Middle Income Country Technical Assistance Fund (MIC-TAF).
Less than two months after approving €201,000 in funding for Morocco, the African Development Bank (AfDB) is disbursing the funds. This financing is allocated to the Directorate of Hydraulic Development of the Moroccan Ministry of Equipment, through the Middle Income Country Technical Assistance Fund (MIC-TAF) of the pan-African bank. The financing is intended for the implementation of feasibility studies for large and small water reservoirs, river development and the interconnection between several water basins in the Kingdom of Morocco. The studies will be carried out by experts recruited by the Directorate of Hydraulic Development.
The objective is to strengthen water supply in the face of the water stress experienced by Morocco. “The semi-arid climate of the kingdom makes it subject to climatic hazards, characterised by alternating wet and dry years with negative impacts, particularly on the filling rate of dams. In August 2022, it was less than 27%, against more than 42% in August 2021,” says the AfDB.
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The pan-African bank’s technical assistance will also ensure the management, monitoring and coordination of future water projects.
In addition to improving the supply of drinking water and irrigation, the new infrastructures will help strengthen local development, given that several sectors of activity are dependent on water resources in the Cherifian kingdom. The Moroccan government is also banking on the restoration of small and medium-sized hydraulic perimeters, the preservation of water quality, the reuse of purified wastewater and the desalination of sea water to strengthen its climate resilience.