CHINA HAS PROVIDED MOROCCO with a US$6.4M preferential loan for the construction of three dams. They will supply drinking water and irrigation to the country’s rural regions.

The first dam, located in Ifrane, will store water sufficient to provide irrigation supplies for 670ha of land. The second dam will supply drinking water to the population of Chefchaouen and the third dam will supply drinking water to the residents of Al-Hoceima.

In 2001, Morocco embarked on an initiative to construct nine new major dams and eight mid-size dams by 2004, in an effort to alleviate water shortages in the country.