Abdessamad Sekkal called for accelerating preparation of the Sahel region development plan and a creativity-based participatory approach.
Rabat – The president of the Rabat-Sale-Kenitra Regional Council, Abdessamad Sekkal, has commended the integrated coastal zone management project launched on Monday, April 29.
Sekkal called on all stakeholders, actors of the “non-centralized interests,” and territorial collectivities to effectively take part in “deepening their understanding and approach of the project” in the planning process for development and coastal security.
“The coastline of the Rabat-Sale-Kenitra region, which is not relatively long next to other regions, poses much more problems,” Sekkal said. He added that the region does not benefit enough from its coastline, requiring the government to protect it from damage it has sustained for decades.
He noted that the coastline is threatened by climate change, which resulted in an exceptionally high tide in Sale’s Sidi Moussa area. He called for improvements to humid areas like Sidi Boughaba, 35 kilometers north of Rabat, and Moulay Bousselham, 140 kilometers north of Rabat.
The Sebou river in Kenitra, a city north of Rabat, is especially important for investment, Sekkal stated, saying it could be put to good use for the area based on global experience in river management.
Sekkal also warned against the threats of the exploitation of sand dune reserves and the excessive use of fertilizers which have harmed the ecological system.
Regarding the project of the port of Kenitra, Sekkal stated, “Our region is the only one that does not have a large port, but we hope the project will be an added value.”