The Saïss Water Conservation Project

The Saïss Water Conservation Project

Improving the climate resilience of agricultural systems in the Saïss Plain.

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.

Total project value






Result areas

Project timeline


24 Mar 2016 - 379 days

Concept note received

24 Mar 2016

Funding proposal received

21 Sep 2016

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

26 Sep 2016


06 Apr 2017 - 301 days

Approved by GCF Board

06 Apr 2017

Cleared by iTAP

06 Apr 2017

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

17 Aug 2017

FAA executed

03 Nov 2017

Under implementation

31 Jan 2018 - 754 days so far

FAA effective

31 Jan 2018

Disbursement - USD 2,280,092

30 Jul 2018

Annual Performance Report

01 Mar 2019

Disbursement - USD 16,538,037

16 Oct 2019


31 Jan 2023 - 1,073 days to go

One region

  • Africa

One country

One priority group

  • African States
  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing8% disbursed

GrantUSD 35,248,070


Co-FinancingGrantUSD 59,338,478
Co-FinancingLoanUSD 132,304,299
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 970,231

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