Morocco is a long-standing partner country of FiW and BICC. Many projects have been realized through the financing of international cooperation such as GIZ and KfW Entwicklungsbank. A bilateral research project has now been developed on the basis of experience and networks. To this end, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has made a financial contribution and the German-Moroccan research project I-WALAMAR was launched in summer 2019 for a period of 3 years. In this project, partners from both countries conduct research on innovative techniques that protect not only water resources but also the environment and soil.
Moroccan agriculture is currently experiencing intensification and commercialisation. In the Fès-Meknès region, in addition to the economic and social impact, there are also significant impacts on soil and water resources in highly cultivated areas. The large amounts of wastewater from olive processing and the discharge of municipal wastewater are, among the overuse of natural water, the main problems in the I-WALAMAR area (Saïss plateau). Soil degradation due to intensive land cultivation under semi-arid conditions leads to increasing desertification. The climate crisis makes the situation even more difficult.
Funding / Supervisor: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) / DLR Projektträger
Project Partners: Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC); Universität Hohenheim; Institut für Agrartechnik; Fg. Agrartechnik in den Tropen und Subtropen; FH Aachen; Institut für Angewandte Polymerchemie (IAP); Palaterra Betriebs- und Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH; InnoAgri GmbH; SEBA Hydrometrie GmbH & Co. KG; + 8 more Moroccan partners
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