Speaking at a roundtable on “Waste recovery in Morocco: What sustainable choices and high impact for our cities?”, Mr. Mezouar recalled the commitments of the Kingdom, taken at the COP 22 in Marrakesh and during the signing of the Paris Agreement on Climate, highlighting the need to work for the fulfillment of these commitments and to discuss the policies and choices to be made to achieve this objective.
Waste treatment is a “very sensitive” issue because of its social, territorial and economic importance, Mr. Mezouar said, highlighting the need to discuss the technical and institutional aspects as well as the problem of waste management at National level.
Regarding Casablanca, Mr. Mezouar underlined that the choices that will be made at the level of this city should be well oriented involving all stakeholders, stressing that the resolution of the problem of waste would enhance the economic attractiveness of the Kingdom and contribute to the development of new activities that can attract more investment and create many new jobs.
For his part, the president of the Association of Teachers of Life and Earth Sciences, Abderrahim Ksiri, stressed that the city of Casablanca needs sustainable and clean solutions, noting that the solutions adopted so far for Waste management in the economic capital was financially expensive and not efficient enough. For Ksiri, all actors operating in the field of waste management and recovery must now look into alternative solutions that ensure the recovery and transformation of waste into a renewable source of energy.
In this regard, he stressed the need to coordinate efforts to sort and recover waste at source and invest in value chains to create jobs and wealth, in a participatory approach that involves citizens and Civil society.
For his part, the coordinator of the Moroccan Alliance for Climate and Sustainable Development of the Casablanca-Settat Region, Charaf Eddine Berrada, pointed out that this citizen debate, which is part of a dynamic of sustainable development, aims to contribute identifying dysfunctions and ways to deal with them.
He further noted that civil society must contribute to the development of sustainable environmental solutions to all issues related to the management and recovery of waste, noting that the city of Casablanca faces great challenges in this area.
“The city of Casablanca has waited a long time for the search for solutions, and we must absolutely be sure that the chosen solution is good and sustainable,” he said.
Organized by the Coalition for Waste Recovery (COVAD) in partnership with CGEM, the Moroccan Alliance for Climate and Sustainable Development (AMCDD) and the Association of Teachers of Life and Earth Sciences, this meeting aims to assess the state of the art of waste management in Moroccan cities and to present progress in waste recovery.