Using Demand Side Management to Adapt to Water Scarcity and Climate Change in the Saiss Basin (Morocco)

The Saiss is a sub-basin of the Sebou basin in Northern Morocco. Due to decreased precipitation and increased water demand, the surface waters of the Saiss basin have been greatly reduced. At the current rate of exploitation, the aquifer will be depleted within 25 years.

This project will examine whether demand-side management (DSM) can provide a solid basis for water management and strengthen the capacity for adapting to climate change in the Saiss basin. The project will work with multiple stakeholders and endeavor to benefit the most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities on the project sites. Since over 80% of the water consumed in the Saiss is used in agriculture, the project will focus on this sector. Researchers will test technical options for DSM in large-scale irrigation systems; demonstrate the value of DSM to smallholders through pilot projects; create two operational water-users associations supported by training and capacity building; and promote better policy making, enforcement and management on the part of local authorities and the relevant ministries.

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Start Date

Friday, October 3, 2008

End Date

Thursday, February 23, 2012


36 months

IDRC Officer

Jobbins, Guy

Total funding

CA$ 387,600


Morocco, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Climate Change

Project Leader

Ahmed Legrouri


Al Akhawayn University

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