In Morocco, pressure on water resources has been increasing over the last few decades due to successive droughts and increased water demand. This trend, which is projected to increase with the possible impacts of climate change in the future, has been widening the surface water deficit. In response, groundwater has increasingly been used as a ‘strategic resource’ to expand irrigation, alleviate water stress and improve the resilience of farmers, fuelled by improvements in drilling techniques and availability of new pumps.
Closas, A.; Villholth, K. G. 2016. Aquifer contracts: a means to solving groundwater over-exploitation in Morocco? Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 20p. (Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice (GRIPP) Case Study Series 01). doi: 10.5337/2016.211