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Environmental Performance Reviews: Morocco

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The present publication contains the Environmental Performance Review of Morocco. This report also covers 13 issues of importance to the country related to policymaking, planning and implementation, the financing of environmental policies and projects, and the integration of environmental concerns into economic sectors, in particular agriculture, energy, health, industry, biodiversity and protected areas, water and waste management. The Morocco review was notable as it is the first country outside of the region to request an EPR from ECE, and the process was undertaken in cooperation with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The publication is aimed at officials and experts working for public authorities responsible for environmental policy, representatives of civil society, the business community, academia and the media.

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Introduction

The Kingdom of Morocco is located in North Africa. The country has a great range of elevation, from the highest point of Jebel Toubkal, which rises to 4,165 m, to the lowest point of Sebkha Tah, 55 m below sea level. A large part of Morocco is mountainous. The Atlas Mountains, running from the south-west to the north-east, are mainly located in the centre and south of the country and form a backbone of the country. The Rif Mountains are located in the north, stretching from the north-west to the north-east over the region bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Most of the southeast portion of the country is sparsely populated as part of the Sahara Desert.

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