The project to protect the water resources is the second collaboration between Ecofund and the Association of Tizi n’Oucheg: during the last 3 years, Ecofund has contributed to reforesting the mountainsides around the village: in total 10,000 fruit trees were planted allowing to protect the land against erosion (for example landslides) and to empower Tizi n'Oucheg inhabitants, who can process and sell the fruits.
For more information on the reforestation project “Plant your tree in Tizi n’Oucheg!” please click here >>
For several years now, Morocco has been affected by extreme variability in rainfall leading to droughts. Adding to this is an ever-increasing demand for water. According to World Bank studies, the result is a significant reduction since 1980 of surface water (-20%) and groundwater (-25%).
The village of Tizi N'Oucheg is not spared from this evolution, therefore the villagers wish to protect their water sources from overexploitation by improving their irrigation system for arable land.
Water from rain and melting snow is collected from three sources called "Amanouz", "Erzri Nouarioul", and "Oualfi", and stored in three large reservoirs located on the mountainside. These reservoirs are interconnected by open canals (see pictures) serving an irrigation system for the village plots, on which all local consumption is produced: cereals (barley), vegetables (peas, potatoes, onions, beans, carrots and turnips) as well as fruits (nuts, figs and prickly pears).
This traditional irrigation system in Morocco with open channels is no longer suitable for today's situation of water scarcity, as it causes water loss through evaporation.
Currently, due to drought and failures of the irrigation system over the years, 45% of the land is no longer exploited, especially during the season from May to November.
Therefore, the villagers wish to replace the open channels of the 3-basin interconnection system with buried polythene pipes. They will proceed in phases depending on the availability of funds raised:
First, the channel between source no. 2 “Erzri” and source no. 3 “Oualfi” will be replaced, the cost of purchasing pipes and fittings being estimated at around 3,000 euros.
Then, depending on the availability of the funds raised, the other two channels will be replaced, for which the costs for the purchase of pipes and fittings are estimated at around 6,000 euros respectively.
Once all three channels will have been replaced by a pipe system, the villagers estimate that up to 80% of the land no longer exploited today due to lack of water can be recovered.
Rachid Mandili and the Tizi n'Oucheg Development Association are the project’s Champions. Rachid is not only the face of autonomous community development in Morocco. This 40-something-year-old Berber has an infectious passion, an undaunting optimism, and shares his vision of an autonomous development-worthy village with his family, neighbours and the Tizi n'Oucheg community.
With Ecofund, Rachid is once again committed to safeguarding the natural water sources of Tizi n'Oucheg and thus the source of life of his village in the High Atlas.
Your donation will make it possible to buy and transport the equipment to the village of Tizi N'Oucheg. The villagers will be responsible for laying and interconnecting the pipes. Their labor is their own contribution to the project.
The “Let’s there be water in Tizi n’Oucheg!” project contributes to the preservation of the natural and traditional environment. Its positive socio-economic and environmental impact is obvious. It is fully integrated into the socio-economic development system of the Douar (group of inhabitants) of Tizi n'Oucheg.
When you contribute to this project as an Ecofunder, you will be warmly welcomed by Rachid and his team at the village lodge. You will be shown the sites of the water sources and the interconnection channels that you have helped to fund. If you do not get the opportunity to go on an excursion to Tizi n'Oucheg and discover its beautiful mountainous landscapes, we will, of course, keep you informed about the progress of the project, as it unfolds, on our platform.
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