The Department of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment has set off workshop in Dakhla primarily to classify the needs and expectations of the region, encouraging discussions at the local level by starting a deliberation with local stakeholders to comprehend and respond effectively to the specific challenges in managing water resources.
The workshop partaken by the Governor of the province of Oued Ed-Dahab, Wali of of Oued Ed-Dahab-Lagouira region and the other stakeholders in the sector were given an opportunity to scrutinize the various aspects with regard to water resources management at the basin level and to show up the accomplishments and efforts of the Hydraulic Basin Agency of Sakia El Hamra and Oued Ed-Dahab to meet water needs and accompany the major projects under construction in the basin.
According to the speakers, renewed efforts are required to optimize the management of water resources in order to ensure the availability of water to the current and future generations in water, and through the launching of series of programs and projects promoting good governance in the water sector and the preservation of water resources to sustain the economic development and major projects of the country, including the Green Morocco Plan as well as the urban, tourism and industrial policies . Furthermore, it is also necessary to go on with the development and rational management of water resources to make them well-suited with the goals of economic and social development.
The hydraulic basin of Sakia El Hamra and Oued Ed-Dahab, which covers an area of 350,000 square kilometers, is currently experiencing a water shortage brought by low rainfall not exceeding 60 millimeter per year and the mistreatment of groundwater resources. The spread of micro-irrigation, desalination of sea water, and wastewater purification are the projects needed to trim down this regional deficit.