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.
- Private sector
- Public sector
GCF financing101% disbursed
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Gender action plan for FP043: The Saïss Water Conservation Project EBRD FP043
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Gender assessment for FP043: The Saïss Water Conservation Project EBRD FP043
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Saïss water conservation project EBRD FP043
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Environmental and social safeguards (ESS) report for FP043: The Saïss Water Conservation Project EBRD FP043
||Environmental and Social Safeguards report||16 Mar 2017|
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Achieving water security through climate-resilient infrastructure
16 Dec 2021 / Blessed with fertile lands, the Saïss Plain in the Fès-Meknès region of Morocco, is one of the country’s most productive agricultural centers. Over 82 per cent of the water from the Sebou-Saïss basin is used for agriculture. However, in the last 15 years, the Saïss water table has steadily decreased by around 100 million m3 per year.