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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Waste management

In recent decades, Morocco has experienced strong growth in its urban population and a proliferation of peripheral areas, with a significant increase in access to basic services (of 10 per cent from 2003 to 2011). With population growth, rapid urbanization and changing consumption patterns, production of household waste in Morocco is increasing. This has made more difficult the collection, removal and disposal of household and similar waste. These wastes are often disposed of by wild or spontaneous discharges and dumping without any treatment or control, resulting in serious consequences for public health and the environment.

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