In parallel to this program, an overall budget of 14.7 billion dirhams (€10.6 billion) has been specifically allocated to the supply of irrigation water for an area of 510,000 hectares covering the needs of 160,000 people.
“Why, as they seek to deal with the structural consequences of climate change, public authorities persist in calling for short-term emergency plans,” the author asks. Amal Ennabih even makes accusations: “Does the postponement of the design of new water policies that take into account structural drought represent a refusal to recognize the modest results of past and current water security policies?”.
According to the MIPA note, water scarcity “is not related to the growing demand for water resources by households or the industrial sector (including the tourism industry), since both consume about 20% of the resources mobilized. In fact, water scarcity in Morocco is deeply linked to the way water is used for irrigation, which consumes about 80% of Morocco’s water every year”.