Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire Sign Water Resources Management Agreement

Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire signed, Wednesday in Bali, a cooperation agreement in the field of water resources, meant to strengthen institutional and technical cooperation between the two countries in the field of integrated water resource management.

The agreement was signed, on the sidelines of the ongoing 10th World Water Forum, by Moroccan Equipment and Water Minister, Nizar Baraka, and Ivorian Water and Forests Minister, Laurent Tchagba.

The agreement particulary covers water legislation, the development of awareness-raising initiatives for the rationalization and protection of water resources, and the integrated management of national and transborder water resources.

The document also covers water transfer technology, groundwater management and water resource governance, including the creation of national and regional basin organizations.

Baraka who welcomed the signing of the agreement as reflecting the close relations between the two countries said “Morocco is ready to support Côte d’Ivoire in the management of water resources, particularly with regard to the establishment of basin agencies.”

For his part, Tchagba noted that the signing of the agreement follows a preparatory process begun last year in Fez during the 3rd International Conference on Water and Climate (July 6-7, 2023).

Côte d’Ivoire, which adopted a water law last November, is counting on the Moroccan experience to ensure better management of its water resources, he added.

Organized jointly by the World Water Council and the Indonesian government, the 10th World Water Forum is attended by some 30,000 participants from 172 countries.

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