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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.

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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

Contact:

Prof. Abdellatif Khattabi
Project coordinator
President of AMSR (www.amsr.ma)
khattabi (at) amsr.ma, ab_khattabi (at) yahoo.com




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