Chami exposes the efficiency of the circular economy in the face of the depletion of natural resources

The President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE), Ahmed Réda Chami, highlighted the crucial role of the circular economy in making Morocco a more economically prosperous, socially inclusive and ecologically responsible country.

Chami, who was speaking during a restitution workshop, dedicated to the presentation of the Council’s opinion entitled “Self-referral: the circular economy in Morocco – applied to household waste and wastewater resources”, affirmed that the development of the circular economy is a key factor in addressing concerns about the depletion of natural resources.

In this context, he argued, there is the question of the sustainability of economic development, noting that several countries have moved towards the model of the circular economy where one thinks from the start of the end products for allow their reuse, or even their reproduction, their circularization and their availability instead of the model of the linear economy where one starts from extraction, production, use.

The President of the Council also highlighted the efforts made in terms of waste and wastewater treatment, liquid sanitation, controlled landfills, noting that the national programs, the territorial strategies and the equipment put in place remain quite limited. compared to the number of landfills which cannot cover all the needs and are not all controlled.

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Chami, in this regard, cited the example of wastewater in Morocco, specifying that today, some 500 million cubic meters are used throughout the territory, but that the treatment stations can only cover 250 million cubic meters. He also mentioned the case of household waste which can be used for the production of fertilizers, for the creation of energy or even to produce basic products which can be circularized in industry.

For his part, the Minister of Equipment and Water, Nizar Baraka, highlighted the importance of the issue of the circular economy, stressing that the government is perfectly in line with this logic, within the framework of the New Development Model with the aim of ensuring sustainability and water security in the Kingdom.

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“Regarding the water issue, we have insisted on three elements in the government program,” he said. And to note that this is the problem of increasing the share of reuse of wastewater, the preservation of groundwater to ensure the sustainability of this important resource for Morocco and the storage of renewable energy in the water through the desalination of the latter.

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