The Dar Bouazza wetland, the last natural coastal wetland in the Casablanca-Settat region, is currently undergoing serious damage to its integrity. This threatens the ecosystem and biodiversity (partial destruction of the protective backfill, soundings, work near sources, etc.).
The continuation of this work risks destroying the wealth of the wildlife park or all the animal species (winged, terrestrial or aquatic fauna, living within this geographical space, the last given environment sheltering them in the region of the metropolis.
Suddenly the daya (Lake) as well as its ecological functions, essential in the fight against climate change and its consequences will disappear forever. Those responsible for this damage to the environment and therefore to humanity are the real estate lobbies who take advantage of the breach of silence of decision-makers to rush into a financial adventure.
This area which is the Daya of Dar Bouazza, is looted by property developers. It is a wetland of 18 hectares, located about fifteen kilometers southwest of Casablanca, at the entrance of Dar Bouazza, between the ocean and the coastal road of Azemmour and it is considered the last lake water and nature reserve of the Casablanca-Settat region.
It should be remembered that this public space is part of the Bouregreg and Chaouia hydraulic basin. It is also located on land belonging to the Ministry of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water.
We remember last February, real estate developers who claimed it as agricultural land submitted a request to requisition this land in the public domain were successful with the Justice in October 2020. They became owners. much to everyone’s dismay. The requisition (5425/63) based on an adular act had been carried out in the presence of twelve witnesses and two adouls and in the absence of a legal administrative certificate necessary to obtain a certificate of ownership issued by the conservation land.
However, these current degradations at the place of the Daya of Dar Bouazza constitute a violation of all Moroccan laws aimed at preserving the environment and a violation of all international agreements signed by Morocco. On several occasions in recent years, civil society associations have intervened with the competent authorities and have corresponded with the supervisory departments in order to protect this site, the ecological importance of which has been proven by several scientific studies at the national level and at the international.
But faced with the lack of reactions from all these parties, including the public authorities who show themselves to be consenting to this project of civil society associations have risen up for, let us denounce these practices, the silence and indifference of those in charge on the subject. of what is happening in Dar Bouazza. They therefore condemn the attempts to plunder the hydraulic public domain by lobbies aiming to annex the lands of Daya in order to urbanize it and artificialise these lands.
The dozen or more environmental associations are protesting to condemn actions going against the laws protecting the environment and international treaties signed by Morocco, in particular the treaty on wetlands, and the lack of respect for articles of the 2011 Constitution in the environmental field and of law 12-03 on environmental impact studies and law 36-15 on water and the national charter 99-12 for the environment and development sustainable.
Faced with this irresponsible behavior and faced with the deafening silence regarding the catastrophic situation of our wetlands, civil society associations call for the immediate and urgent suspension of construction work in the immediate perimeter of Dayat de Dar Bouazza in the ‘waiting for the creation of a buffer zone to protect this wetland. They put the accountability and commitment of the supervisory ministries and water and forests at odds with the sole aim of opposing the artificialization of the site and its negative effects on the functionality of the ecosystem.
In this context, they call for the Bouregreg and Chaouia Hydraulic Basin Agency (ABHBC) to be able to effectively exercise its functions in the protection of this so precious wetland for the Casablanca-Settat region.
In addition, they ask that wetlands be finally recognized and protected as effective factors in mitigating the consequences of climate change which are expected to be particularly acute in our country, especially since the Kingdom is more committed than ‘no other state in the world in this environmental consideration that some plebiscite.
Also, the signatory associations, (Research Group for the Protection of Birds in Morocco GREPOM / Birdlife Maroc, Space for Solidarity and Cooperation of the Oriental ESCO, Society for the Protection of Animals and Nature SPANA, the Moroccan Association of Photographers Animaliers, the Ornithology Group in Morocco, the Association Nature Solutions, the Association of Teachers of Life and Earth Sciences, the Khnifiss Association, the Moroccan National Association of Friends of the Environment and the Talassemtane Association for the Environment and Development ATED) call on the authorities to remedy this situation which ultimately benefits only the mafias of real estate spoliation, a phenomenon which is becoming more widespread in view of a seizure of networks of crooks who run rampant with impunity.