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Reviving Indigenous Water Management Practices in Morocco
Alternative Pathways to Sustainable Development

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ISBN 9780367611095
March 15, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
144 Pages

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Book Description

This book demonstrates how Morocco and other semi-arid countries can find solutions to water scarcity by rediscovering traditional methods of water resource management.

The book begins by examining indigenous water heritage, considering the contribution of Islam and the mixed heritage influences of Middle Eastern, Andalusian and Berber cultures. It provides a thorough examination of historical resource management practices in Morocco, tracing the changing patterns from the instillation of agrarian capitalism in the 19th Century, through the Protectorate years (1912-1956), to the 21st Century. The book then explains how reviving and modernizing traditional methods of water management provides simple, accessible and successful methods for addressing 21st Century challenges, such as water scarcity and climate change. The work concludes by highlighting how these indigenous practices can be used to provide real-world practical solutions for improving water governance and therefore developing sustainable water management practices.

Reviving Indigenous Water Management Practices in Morocco will be of great interest to students and scholars of water resource management, indigenous peoples and traditional knowledge and sustainable development.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Indigenous North African water heritage: a lesson in agro-ecology

1. Reviving indigenous water heritage.

2. A mixed heritage of traditional water management systems.

Part 2. Paradigm shift: characteristics of ‘modern water management’ in Morocco

3. Modernising water management: a historical perspective.

4. Three key characteristics of Moroccan water management in the XXth c.

Part 3. New paths in water management: towards alternative development

5. Climate change, water stress and the need for a new development paradigm

6. Appropriate technologies: managing water scarcities in the XXIst c.

7. Towards new forms of water governance

Conclusion. Reviving practices, re-valuing people.

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Sandrine Simon holds a PhD in Ecological Economics from Keele University, UK. She has worked as a Research Fellow for Forum for the Future, lectured at the Open University, UK and at the Centre for Complexity and Change and the Euro-Mediterranean University of Fes, Morocco (UEMF). She is currently based as a researcher at the Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Education and Development (CeiED) of the Lusofona University of Lisbon, Portugal, where she focuses on urban agriculture, resilient cities and territorial education.