The Minister of Equipment and Water, Nizar Baraka, affirmed that Morocco is continuing its efforts to set up decentralized water management by basin, to meet the aspirations of national and regional development. The minister was speaking at the World Water Forum in Dakar, where water resource management issues are discussed.
The hydraulic basin constitutes the natural space best suited to apprehend and solve the problems of water resources management, and to achieve effective regional solidarity, affirmed Nizar Baraka in a speech delivered within the framework of the 9th edition of the World Forum. of Water organized in Dakar, Senegal.
The Minister shared the Moroccan experience in terms of management of hydraulic basins, in particular with the creation of Hydraulic Basin Agencies more than twenty years ago.
“These establishments ensure the development, management and protection of water resources and the hydraulic public domain within the framework of the regulatory, organizational and economic provisions established by the legislative and regulatory texts in force”, he said. .
And to emphasize the importance of the decentralization which has been made possible since the promulgation of the new law 36-15 which has “further strengthened the role of these Agencies as well as the decentralized and concerted management of water”, which makes it possible to put in place instruments for user participation in management with the creation, such as Water Basin Councils and provincial and prefectural water committees.
“Morocco continues to pursue its efforts to set up decentralized water management by basin, with a view to ensuring the conditions for the beneficial use of this vital resource in response to development aspirations at the national level, regional and local”, declared the minister and president of the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO).
According to him, this forum and these high-level meetings dedicated to basins are important because it allows all the players to meet and find solutions to water management problems.
“Basin organizations are multi-stakeholder platforms and places for dialogue and exchange between users and water stakeholders, institutional and private, making it possible to solve concrete problems of water resource management, for the benefit people,” he explained.
Nizar Baraka also felt that the exchanges and debates of the day dedicated to the basins will make it possible to identify the opportunities to be seized to further strengthen the planning and management between uses at the level of the basins and enrich “the Action Plan of Dakar for the basins”.