Lunchtalk by BSc. Joep Schyns (University of Twente)
Title: “The Water Footprint of Morocco and its added value for national water policy”
Abstract of the presentation:
Morocco is a semi-arid country in the Mediterranean that faces water scarcity and deteriorating water quality. The limited water resources impose limits to the activities in different sectors of the Moroccan economy. The national water strategy of Morocco includes options to reduce water demand and increase supply. However, it does not include the global dimension of water by considering international virtual water trade, nor does it consider whether water resources are efficiently allocated based on physical and economic water productivities of crops (the main water consumers). Analysis of the water footprint of activities in Morocco and the virtual water trade balance of the country therefore might reveal new insights to alleviate water scarcity.
Hence, the research question of my MSc graduation project carried out at Deltares is:
What is the added value of knowledge on the water footprint of activities in Morocco and the virtual water flows from and to Morocco in formulating national water policy?
The talk will cover the main results and findings of the study.