Government officials from Flanders, Morocco, Ruanda, Namibia and Iraqi Kurdistan visit the Marrakech WWTP during COP22

22-11-2016

The Conference of the Parties (COP22) gathered in Marrakech to fight climate change. After the COP7 in 2001, this second conference for Marrakech highlights Morocco’s pioneering role in taking measures to protect its natural resources.

The COP22 is to be the COP of the action. It is the kick-off for implementing last year’s Paris climate agreement, which was also ratified by the Flanders Parliament on Wednesday November 16th, one day prior to the visit of Joke Schauvliege, Flemish Minister for the Environment, Nature and Agriculture to the Marrakech Wastewater treatment plant, together with other officials of the Belgian and Flanders government as well as delegates of the Moroccan water agencies and national utilities.

On Saturday November 19th, Mrs Hakima El Haite, minister of the Environment of the Kingdom of Morocco, and member of the COP22 steering committee has visited the WWTP as well as Namibian minister of the Environment and Tourism Mr Pohamba Shifeta, Minister of Infrastructure Mr James Musoni of Rwanda and other officials from the Rwanda, Namibia and Morocco government.

Just one year after its completion in 2012, the Marrakech wastewater treatment plant had been validated by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for meeting the Clean Mechanism Development criteria of the Kyoto Protocol due to the Marrakech plant’s reduction of CO2 emissions. Its methane production and biogas recovery from sludge digestion prevents 60.000 tons of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. On the African continent, the Marrakech Wastewater treatment plant is a showcase in wastewater treatment with biogas production, solar sludge drying and water reuse.

The recent visits of international government officials to the Marrakech plant brings the Waterleau Maroc’s expertise in wastewater treatment and drinking water production to the fore and highlights their commitment to achieve the sustainable development goals in their respective countries.  

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