National Human Rights Council calls for ban on agriculture in areas suffering from water shortages
The National Council for Human Rights has called for a model of climate resilience that will strengthen Morocco’s water resources in the long term and guarantee the right to water for future generations, urging a review of agricultural policy aimed at irrigating some 2 million hectares in light of the restrictions. which it currently imposes Accelerated climate change and successive years of drought.
In the memorandum “The Right to Water: Approaches to Water Scarcity in Morocco”, the Council underlined the ban on agricultural activities in some regions known to be very water-poor and which are the result of many years of severe drought and which are prone to rural migration or social tension.
The Council recommended that public policies and investment plans be developed in such a way that they can be adapted to dry years, treated as a structural given, and invested in climate research to create a hypothetical future climate change prediction model. over the next hundred years and accepting it as the basis for building state policy in the field of water resources and the economy.
The Council stressed the need to move water policy management from supply management, which assumes that water is available to meet all consumption needs, whether domestic or economic, to demand management, where responses are based on what the water situation allows.
The Council of Buayach called for the adoption of a sustainable water policy based on the priority of ensuring the right to food for all Moroccans and future generations in order to achieve self-sufficiency.
He also called for the development of groundwater resource distribution models to ensure the right to food in the coming decades, which would gradually reduce vulnerability to fluctuating global circumstances and fluctuating agricultural prices in international markets.
The Human Rights Council also recommended that the approved farming model be reviewed and a list of water-intensive agricultural products drawn up with a view to rationing or prohibiting their cultivation, if necessary.
In this regard, he demanded the development of an urgent vigilance plan against possible waves of new migration towards the cities, in case the state authorities were forced to cut off irrigation water in a number of valleys.