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A water and soil conservation plan for Rabat-Salé-Kénitra

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The cost of land degradation through water erosion is apparent, according to a 2017 study by the World Bank, at 0.54% of GDP.

The Department of Agriculture intends to provide the region of Rabat-Salé-Kénitra with a master plan for the conservation of water and soil and the collection of rainwater in the region.

The plan in draft will be the subject of a study which is part of the policy of soil conservationsustainability of water resources and mobilization of rainy waters to guarantee the populations concerned a sustainable agricultural activity. According to the ministry, thewater erosion constitute the main threat of agricultural land degradation in Morocco. She causes agro-soil damage and damage upstream and downstream of hydraulic infrastructureboth in the irrigated perimeters and in the “Bour”, while affecting the sustainability of agricultural properties and rangelands on the hydro-pedological plans and the topography of the sites.

Indeed, says Agriculture, the cost of land degradation by this phenomenon is visible, according to a study carried out in 2017 by the world Bankto 0.54% of GDP, despite the constant efforts made by the public authorities in terms of water and soil conservation. “As part of the continuation and strengthening of these efforts, and given the importance given by the strategy Green Generation to the sustainable management of natural resources, the Department ofirrigation will implement an action plan for the conservation and development of farming lands vulnerable,” the ministry said. This action plan will be drawn up on the basis of studies relating to regional master plans for the identification of sites requiring water and soil conservation interventions and potential sites for the collection of rainwater.

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