Think tank criticizes inefficiency & inequality of Moroccan water management policies

A statement from the Moroccan institute for policy analysis (MIPA) denounces past and present water management policies in Morocco. The document, titled "Water policies for irrigation in Morocco have amplified water scarcity, it is time to think differently", considers them not only unsuited to climate change, but also very unequal. The irrigation strategy would, for example, neglect family farmers in favor of producers of fruit and vegetables for export.

En.econostrum.info quoted Amal Ennabih, author of this document, as saying: "Since Morocco's independence, the political display of public water and irrigation policies has given the image of a country that works for water and food security. However, one cannot ignore the succession of emergency plans that continue to be launched to mitigate the catastrophic consequences of droughts."

Water scarcity remains a recurring problem and might become worse. At the end of September 2019, the Moroccan Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE) estimated the country's water resources at less than 650 m3 per person per year, compared to 2,500 m3 in 1960. The organization estimated that they could fall below 500 m3 by 2030 and even that climate change could lead to the disappearance of 80% of water resources available in Morocco in the next 25 years.

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