COP22 will be held in Marrakech, November 7 to 18, 2016.


The UNFCCC will organize its Conference of the Parties 22 (COP22) in Marrakech highlighting Morocco’s and Marrakech leading role in sustainable development. The Marrakech wastewater treatment plant, designed and built by Waterleau had been validated by the UNFCCC for the Clean Mechanism Development criteria of the Kyoto Protocol for its reduction of CO2 emissions due to the biogas recovery.

Morocco’s climate leadership on the African continent

Morocco adopted a sustainable development strategy promoting an environmental, economic and social balance. The objectives of the strategy are to improve the living conditions of its citizens, strengthen the sustainable management of its natural resources and promote the use of clean energy technologies. The Kingdom of Morocco has been actively mobilized over the past several months in preparation for undoubtedly the most important international event and has forged a climate leadership role on the African continent in the fight against climate change. A pioneer in sustainable development, hosting the 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) is encouraging Morocco to commit to even more sustainable development.

Marrakech taking the lead in sustainable development

In the city of Marrakech, many initiatives have been taken in the past and several large scale ecological projects have recently been launched. These projects will save millions of tons of C02 emissions per year. Projects include the selective recycling system for domestic waste, electric powered buses for public transport, the production of biogas extracted from domestic waste, the NOOR 1 solar power project near Ouarzazate as well as the advanced treatment of the city’s sewerage with integrated biogas extraction from the wastewater sludge, solar drying of the digested sludge and finally, the irrigation of tourist resorts and golf courses using recycled water. The Marrakech wastewater treatment plant, designed, built and operated by Waterleau, has been validated by the UNFCCC for the Clean Development Mechanism criteria of the Kyoto Protocol regarding the reduction of greenhouse gases.

Just recently Waterleau was also awarded the capacity extension, solar sludge drying as well as the extended plants operation for an additional 10-year period.

Waterleau Maroc, competence center in drinking water and wastewater treatment

Waterleau Maroc has become a competence center in the design, construction and operation of sewerage treatment and potable water production plants. In Morocco, Waterleau is a leading partner for water agencies with wastewater treatment plants constructed or being constructed for cities like Fez, Marrakech, Dakhla, Bouskoura and Kenitra. In each of these projects, Waterleau Maroc is also responsible for the plant operation and maintenance.

The Waterleau Maroc expertise is even hired for the operation and maintenance of the Youssoufia and Ben Guerir wastewater treatment plants.

As a pioneer in water treatment, Waterleau is willing to help other African countries in achieving their sustainable development goals. Waterleau has the technologies, the references and the manpower allowing to partner with local governments willing to improve living conditions and protect the natural resources.

Waterleau committed to fulfill and promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Waterleau is committed to fulfill and promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) that have been approved last year by the United Nations. October 18th, Waterleau has signed the UN SDG charter. The Belgian SDG Charter for International Development outlines the commitment of the Belgian private sector, civil society and the public sector on the basis of the 5 P's of Sustainable Development: People, Planet, Profit, Peace and Partnerships. The Marrakech COP22 and the Waterleau commitment to the UN SDG are both milestones in our journey to protect the four elements of nature and to build a better world in Africa and beyond. Read more about the Belgian Sustainable Development Goals Charter.

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