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Morocco and Integrated Maritime Policy

Morocco: Maritime facts

Morocco has jurisdiction over areas opening up on two maritime fronts: The Mediterranean front and the Atlantic front covering an overall exclusive economic area of about one million km².

Morocco controls the southern part of Gibraltar’s international strait, home of intense maritime economic traffic: longitudinal (between Suez and the Atlantic) and cross-sectional (Europe-Africa).

Maritime and coastal assets

Morocco: Maritime and coastal policies

Outlook on the development of a national maritime policy

1st country visit

Morocco was the first partner country to be visited by the IMP-MED project team, in January 2011. Several administrations and stakeholders involved in maritime policies participated, and were given presentations of the project by the IMP-MED team and invited to express their interests and priorities. Participants included the: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Environment, Fondation Mohamed VI pour l’Environnement, Agence de développement du Nord, Haut-Commissariat aux Eaux et Forêts et à la Lutte contre la Désertification.

At the end of the visits, a de-briefing meeting was organized with the focal point in order to sketch the potential actions of the project in Morocco. The visit also provided a useful opportunity for the project team begin a more detailed assessment of the institutional and organizational situation in Morocco.

2nd country visit

Morocco was also the first country to be visited by the IMP-MED team during the second round of partner countries visits, in June 2011. This visit was supported by the European Delegation in Morocco. The visit was an opportunity to present the current status of the project and to discuss the IMP-MED Workplan, following on from the discussions at the first regional meeting, to most of the concerned central administration. The project team also presented their proposals for specific technical assistance to Morocco.

Additional meetings with several key administrations were organized with strong support from the focal point. Discussions were focused on the administration needs and priority, their relevance in the project framework. Very interesting ideas were expressed concerning better coordination of maritime actions and policies, and a list of proposals was submitted by the project to the maritime administrations. There was strong support for the idea of organizing a national IMP workshop in Morocco.