New Project in Morocco
The Moroccan Regional Science Association (AMSR) has been awarded funding for a project on adapting to climate change through improved watershed management and payment for environmental services in Morocco’s -Tensift River Basin. The funds were granted to AMSR, in collaboration with other national and international institutions, by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) in Canada.
The objective of the three-year project will be the development of strategic guidance for integrated water resource management (IWRM) in Morocco. This will be based on a clear understanding of the determinants of climate change and the ecosystem’s vulnerability and the sustainability of the supply of hydrological environmental services.
The research project aims to:
(i) assess the key biophysical and socio-economic determinants affecting the availability and management of water resources in the Tensift river basin;
(ii) examine the role of payment for environmental services (PES) in providing economic incentives for conservation and improved water resource management;
(iii) tdevelop recommendations for an adapted IWRM strategy that is appropriate in the context of climate change and considers the role of PES; and
(iv) strengthen the capacity of stakeholders to implement an adapted IWRM approach that takes into account climate-related risks and promotes the maintenance of environmental services.
A multidisciplinary team of scientists and graduate students gathered on the 13- 14 October 2014 in Rabat to plan the project activities and to discuss ethical issues related to implementing the research experiments related to working with humans and biological species.
Photo: Abdellatif Khattabi
Prof. Abdellatif Khattabi
President of AMSR (www.amsr.ma)
khattabi (at) amsr.ma, ab_khattabi (at) yahoo.com
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