On the 5th and 6th of September 2019, the EU-funded project Clima-Med, “Acting for Climate in the South Mediterranean”, brought together 11 Moroccan cities for a training workshop focused on developing Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plans, SEACAPs in Rabat.

The selected participating cities of Rich, Drarga, Benslimane, Sefrou, Agadir, Tiznit, Chefchaouen, Kénitra, Oujda, Berkane, Al Hoceima explored with Clima-Med experts the definition and base of the GHG emissions inventory, the typology and emission sources. They went through the Risk Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment Model for climate change, the methodology for developing baseline emissions inventory followed by practical exercises which raised a high interest among the participants.

The workshop was also an opportunity for them to share concrete experiences and interact positively with the four municipalities of Agadir, Oujda, Benslimane and Chefchaouen who have already elaborated their SEAPs/SEACPs under the support activities of the previous Ces-Med project; these SECAPs will eventually be updated and used as a starting point to the preparation of extended regional plans at the prefectures level.

The new municipalities will, in turn, act as mentors for more than 30 other Moroccan cities.

This first workshop, a series of three, had as a main objective to reinforce the capacities of the municipalities in evaluating their climatic risks, to better knowing their emissions of greenhouse gases, and to equipping themselves with means to follow their evolutions over time.

The Clima-Med project aimed to provide the necessary support to these Moroccan municipalities in order to advance, step by step, thanks to direct and remote technical assistance. Int this line, the adhesion process to the Covenant of Mayors for the Mediterranean, CoM Med, was presented to the audience as well as the established Help Desk system.

The workshop was supported by the Association of Moroccan Eco-cities, AMEV and its national representatives. Delegates of the EU in Morocco joined the event and gave a presentation on the EU activities in Morocco and sent positive suggestions in regard to partnership and synergy with other EU activities in Morocco. Other experts, in charge of the EU project assessment in South Mediterranean countries and “Jumelage Maroc- Union Européenne” were also present and participated actively in the debates.

“Above all, the preparation of these municipal Action plans will inevitably affect aspects of local development and municipal infrastructures (water management, transport, energy, waste management, etc.), or even local public finances, which are the subject of EU development projects. There will be certainly opportunities for synergies / cooperation with other European projects to explore and monitor”, stated Mr. Jean-François Moret from the EU Delegation to Morocco.

The two-day workshop was very well received and brought rich and informative debates and discussions on the capacities and technical training needs of the cities for the elaboration of such plans. Trainees expressed a strong commitment and an active participation by developing pressing climate change problems in their cities and their urgent, medium- and long-term priorities for which the Clima-Med team will prepare a matrix specifying their urgencies.

Since the beginning of the project, Clima-Med has been enhancing energy security and adaptive capacity of partner countries while fostering their transition to a low carbon and climate-resilient economy, thereby contributing to more stable, efficient, competitive and climate-resilient socioeconomic contexts.