Morocco: An Ecosystem Under Threat

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems
12 January 2010

Studies of climatic changes in Morocco indicate that the next 20 years will be marked by a climatic reheating and a decrease of water resources by 10 to 15 %.

La Gama Del Oualidia

Morocco’s coastal aquifers are many and diversified and constitute an important component of the country’s water resources. These aquifers are exposed to over-abstraction and salinization, and this is reflected by the decrease of groundwater levels and deterioration of the water quality. These problems have been worsened by long periods of drought since the 1980s, and water scarcity will become increasingly serious.

Groundwater is the unique water resource of the region and is used for irrigation and water supply for the population. The Moroccan ecosystem is increasingly threatened by man-made waste, and the 30% decrease in rainfall over the last decades has exacerbated this threat.

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