March 22, 2023

On Thursday, the work of the international conference “Climate change, water scarcity and public health policy in Morocco and Africa… Intersection Visions” was completed in Meknes to achieve inclusive and sustainable development.

Organized under the royal auspices of the Faculty of Law of the Moulay Ismail University of Meknes in partnership with others, this conference focused on the magnitude of the climate change phenomenon and its impact on natural life systems, as well as the result of unusual and unpredictable climate events, in addition to studying its broad environmental, social and economic impacts.

The conference, which lasted for two days at the Faculty of Law in Meknes, confirmed that ongoing climate change affects both physical, psychological and social health.

In this regard, the above scientific date is likely to lead to an increase in the frequency of diseases of the cardiovascular system, respiratory organs, infectious diseases, allergic diseases, anxiety and depression.

Younes Boufarma, president of the Moroccan Association for Scientific Research and the Right to Health, one of the co-organizers of the aforementioned conference, said that the meeting brought together political and economic decision makers from various sectors of the Moroccan and African population, and researchers who warned of a multiplier increase in risks, faced by health systems and institutions as a result of climate change, especially in poor countries.

The head of the Moroccan Association for Scientific Research and the Right to Health added in a statement to Hespress that the conference addressed many issues related to climate change and water resources, as well as their impact on health policy, agriculture and socio-economic conditions in Morocco and Africa.

Bufarma indicated that this would negatively affect the ability of the health sector to provide assistance and protect the population from the risks arising from the escalation of this phenomenon.

He added that the participants of this conference confirmed that Morocco, as a responsible country fulfilling its international obligations, is considered one of the most dedicated participants in global strategies and recommendations aimed at preserving the environment and limiting the effects of climate change.

The same representative stressed that Morocco, thanks to the establishment of the necessary infrastructure in the face of climate change and the experience gained in this area, had managed to limit the effects of successive years of drought.

He noted that Morocco’s serious engagement in the fight against climate change has enabled it today to count, among other achievements, 152 large dams with a capacity of 199 billion cubic meters and 136 small hydraulic structures, in addition to having 17 large dams and a number of medium and small dams under construction about 10 seawater desalination plants and 158 treatment facilities.

The head of the Moroccan Association for Scientific Research and the Right to Health said that the international conference “Climate Change, Water Scarcity and Healthy Public Policy in Morocco and Africa” ​​will present a report on the results of its work in the guardianship body and his speeches will also be framed in a collective version; Intention to share it with broadly interested people.

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