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Water supply fears as Morocco hit by worst drought since 1980s

Phys.org/news (MARCH 23, 2022)

Titre : Water supply fears as Morocco hit by worst drought since 1980s

As Morocco withers under its worst drought in 40 years, experts warn that a combination of climate change and bad resource management could trigger severe drinking water shortages.

Phys.org/news (MARCH 23, 2022)

Présentation
Moroccans have access to just 600 cubic metres of water per person per year, far below the 2,600 cubic metres they enjoyed in the 1960s.According to the United Nations’ definition, water scarcity occurs when supplies drop below 1,000 cubic metres per person annually, while supplies of 500 cubic metres are considered "absolute scarcity".

The decline in supplies in Morocco is a result of a mix of environmental factors, high demand and over-exploitation of groundwater for farming, according to Baraka. In a recent report for the Moroccan Institute for Policy Analysis, Amal Ennabih wrote that "Morocco’s water scarcity is deeply linked to the way water is used in irrigation, consuming around 80 percent of Morocco’s water annually".Moroccans have access to just 600 cubic metres of water per person per year, far below the 2,600 cubic metres they enjoyed in the 1960s.

According to the United Nations’ definition, water scarcity occurs when supplies drop below 1,000 cubic metres per person annually, while supplies of 500 cubic metres are considered "absolute scarcity". The decline in supplies in Morocco is a result of a mix of environmental factors, high demand and over-exploitation of groundwater for farming, according to Baraka. In a recent report for the Moroccan Institute for Policy Analysis, Amal Ennabih wrote that "Morocco’s water scarcity is deeply linked to the way water is used in irrigation, consuming around 80 percent of Morocco’s water annually".

Source  : Ismail Bellaouali

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