GIZ: Integrated Water Resource Management (AGIRE)

Project completed

Despite the highest water availability in the Maghreb, Morocco is faced with severe overexploitation of water resources that threatens sustainable economic and social development, i.e. irrigated agriculture and water supply. The Integrated Water Resource Management project is in-line with Moroccan policy priorities and aims to develop the required competencies of water sector institutions while also harnessing rain and wastewater as alternative water resources for the future.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Water resources conservation
Drinking water and basic sanitation (WASH) (til 2016)
01.12.2012 - 31.03.2014
CHF 874'250

Economic development and population growth paired with poor investment in competencies, legal frameworks and infrastructure of the water sector have led to considerable overexploitation of water resources, resulting in loss of vast areas of land suitable for irrigation and drinking water supply shortages. This puts social and economic development gains of the last decades at risk. Insufficiently developed competencies of the sectoral water institutions. GIZ is the main actor in the field of integrated water resource management in rural areas, contributing to the implementation of the overarching national water strategy.


To improve the competencies of the water sector institutions with the aim of an integrated and sustainable water resource management, focusing on rural Morocco.

Target groups

Direct beneficiaries:

  • Ministère de l’Energie, des Mines, de l’Eau et de l’Environnement (MEMEE), in particulier la Direction de la Recherche et de la Planification de l’Eau (DRPE) and its employees;
  • Agences de bassins hydrauliques (ABH) and its employees;
  • Beneficiaries of pilot projects.
Indirect beneficiaries:
  • 11 mio. water users living in the watersheds of intervention (Tensift, Souss-Massa, Oum Er-Rbia) and surrounding areas.

Medium-term outcomes
  1. Appui à la modernisation du Ministère de l’Energie, des Mines, de l’Eau et de l’Environnement (MEMEE) et des Agences de bassins hydrauliques (ABH).
  2. Meilleure préservation des eaux souterraines.
  3. Meilleure gestion des eaux pluviales.
  4. Valorisation des eaux usées.



Results from previous phases:  

  • Several (baseline) studies on ground- and surface water resources, awareness raising campaigns, and trainings have been conducted that will serve as the basis for the elaboration of legal frameworks and treaties during the current phase.
  • Successful implementation of pilot activities for ecological sanitation ready for up scaling.

  • Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
    Credit area Development cooperation
    Project partners Contract partner
    Foreign state institution
    • National State Institute North
    • Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

    Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   874'250 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   907'365
    Project phases Phase 2 01.10.2014 - 31.12.2016   (Completed)

    Phase 1 01.12.2012 - 31.03.2014   (Completed)