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CREM

CREM

Regional cooperation in the water sector in the Maghreb

The water resources available in the Maghreb are scarcely sufficient to meet the rising demand resulting from population growth, higher agricultural production, increasing industrial use and tourism.

In fact, the vulnerability of the region has considerably increased with the uneven distribution of precipitations and ground and surface water and with climate change and variability which created more pressure on the water resources.  Given the frequent and subsequent crises that the water sector and agriculture know nowadays, the region’s professionals are now seeking to try new approaches and policies to conserve the North African water resources.

The CREM project (Regional cooperation in the water sector in the Maghreb)’s main objective is to strengthen the regional cooperation between the water sectors’ stakeholders in the Maghreb Region (Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia).

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and is implemented jointly by The Deutsche Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Sahara and Sahel Observatory and the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR).

 

 

 

The CREM project is composed of two modules: 

  • Module 1: is coordinated by the GIZ and focuses on knowledge exchange, and particularly the exchange of IWRM good practices;
  • Module2: is coordinated by the BGR and focuses on strengthening the knowledge of groundwater resources and improving their use methods and data. 

OSS is in charge of the Information System Management and ensures the project’s regional cooperation and its effective implementation.

The CREM project aims to exchange effective IWRM practices and improve groundwater resources management methods in the Maghreb Region. The project is composed of two modules:

• Module 1: is coordinated by the GIZ and focuses on knowledge exchange, and particularly the exchange of INRM good practices
• Module2: is coordinated by the BGR and focuses on strengthening the knowledge of groundwater resources and improving their use methods and data.
 

This first module is coordinated by the GIZ and aims at improving the three partner countries’ (Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco) access to and adoption of effective solutions for an integrated and sustainable natural resources management. 

 

  • Component 1: inventory on the implementation of the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in the Maghreb region. 
    The studies that will be developed within this component will enable a deeper analysis and understanding of the water sectors’ challenges in each of the partner countries and a collection of the best practices for sustainable water resources management and protection in the Maghreb.
  • Component 2: Development of information exchange systems and mechanisms about IWRM.​
    An information exchange platform is available on-line and allows the water stakeholders in the partner countries to integrate the good IWRM practices collected. ​
  • Component 3: Elaboration of Deeper studies: profound cross-cutting studies on IWRM will be jointly conducted by the three partner countries concerned.
This module is coordinated by the BGR and aims to provide the three partner countries’ governmental institutions with better access to updated data and well-developed methods for the sustainable management of groundwater resources.​

Objective: this module aims to provide the three countries concerned with updated data and improved methods for the sustainable management of groundwater resources.

  • Component 1: inventory on hydro-geological information collection and analysis in the region​
  • Component 2: elaboration of water withdrawal maps for agricultural purposes in the pilot zones​
  • Component 3: Analysis of the monitoring networks’ efficiency and relevance
Algeria :
•National Agency for Hydraulic Resources (ANRH​),
Marocoo :
• Water Department of the Ministry of the Environment​ (MEMEE),
Tunisia :
• Ministry of Agriculture (Bureau of Hydraulic Planning and Control, BPEH)
Mr. Guy Honore
In charge of the Knowledge exchange module- GIZ 
guy.honore[at]giz.de

Dr. H. Werner Mueller
In charge of the groundwater knowledge management module –BGR ​
Hanswerner.Mueller[at]bgr.de

Mr. Abdelkader Dodo
OSS
abdelkader.dodo[at]oss.org.tn

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