Saïss Water Conservation Project
- Health, food and water security
- Livelihoods of people and communities
- Infrastructure and built environment
- #6 Clean water and sanitation
Location & People
- Morocco MAR
- Public / Private
- Project size:
- E&S Risk category:
- Category A
- Category B
- Category C
- Instrument Grant USD
- EBRD Loan USD
- EBRD's Donor Funds Grant USD
- Kingdom of Morocco (State Budget) Grant USD
Project ownersAccredited Entity
- Access Modality: International
- Ministry of Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries (MAMF) Morocco
The resilience of the Saïss Plain is threatened by declining and unpredictable rainfall due to climate change, coupled with unsustainable groundwater use. Water scarcity is chronic, and demand is projected to increase in Morocco. 80% of abstracted water is used for agricultural purposes, so this water scarcity threatens agricultural production and rural livelihoods, with climate change being an important risk amplifier.
This project will switch the Saïss Plain from the use of highly unsustainable groundwater to sustainable surface water. A bulk water transfer scheme from the M’Dez dam to the Saïss Plain will be created, along with the preparation of a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to implement new irrigation networks. This critical infrastructure will facilitate the transfer of water from a river basin with a surplus of water to the Sebou-Saïss basin with a shortfall of water resources.
Community involvement in water governance will be promoted, together with improved awareness of climate resilience issues among end users of water services, and the promotion of best-practices, efficient irrigation techniques with a significant demonstration impact across sector and region.
The result will be increased efficiency of water use and services, promoting drip irrigation and modern water demand management methods, thus strengthening capacity for adaptation to climate change in the Sebou-Saïss basin.
The project has an estimated lifespan of 40 years.
|Document title||Published date|
|Funding proposal||24 Apr 2017|
|ESS report||16 Mar 2017|
|Gender assessment||28 Jun 2017|
|Gender action plan||28 Jun 2017|
- European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Mr. Ryan Alexander Tel: +44 20 7338 6056 Mr. Jan-Willem Van de Ven Tel: +44 20 7338 7821