Morocco and the Netherlands recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation in the sustainable management of water resources.
Strengthening cooperation on water management
With freshwater scarcity, drought, and climate change posing significant threats to Morocco's economy, water management has become a top priority for the country. By partnering with the Netherlands, one of the world's leading experts in sustainable water management, Morocco is taking an important step towards achieving long-term sustainability in the water sector.
The MOU aims to develop relations in the field of water management based on equal rights, equity, respect for sovereignty, and mutual benefit. The two countries will work together to identify areas of cooperation, including research and development, water infrastructure, water quality management, and water governance.
Through these joint efforts, the agreement seeks to contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, specifically Sustainable Development Goal 6, which aims to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
Morocco's water challenges and the need for sustainability
Morocco is facing significant water challenges due to low rainfall, climate change, and increased demand from a growing population and economy. These challenges pose a threat to key sectors such as agriculture, tourism, and industry, which rely heavily on water resources.
In July last year, the country declared a “state of water emergency”, announcing it would triple its desalination capacity to provide additional water resources.
Morocco's government has recognised the importance of sustainable water management and has implemented policies and programmes to improve water governance, increase water efficiency, and enhance water infrastructure. By partnering with the Netherlands, Morocco can benefit from Dutch expertise, technology, and know-how in these areas and accelerate its efforts towards water sustainability.
Renowned for its expertise in sustainable water management, the Netherlands has a long history of managing water in a highly efficient and innovative manner. The country's water infrastructure has been designed to prevent flooding, manage river basins, and create new land, while also providing clean drinking water and supporting agriculture and industry.
The Netherlands has also developed a range of advanced technologies and solutions to enhance water efficiency and quality, through water treatment, desalination, and reuse. By partnering with the Netherlands, Morocco can benefit from this expertise and enhance its water management capacity.
Potential benefits for Morocco and the Netherlands
The MoU has the potential to bring significant benefits to both countries. For Morocco, the partnership can help to improve water management and increase water sustainability, leading to enhanced economic development, environmental protection, and social well-being. The partnership can also bring opportunities for business and innovation, as Dutch companies and institutions can share their expertise and technology with Moroccan counterparts.
For the Netherlands, the partnership can provide new opportunities for international cooperation and business in the water sector, as well as contributing to the country's foreign policy objectives of promoting sustainable development and stability in partner countries.