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Smart WAter Management to Protect the OaSis areas of Morocco based on Integrated Modelling Systems (WASIS)


Morocco has limited water resources, and faces substantial pressure on its sustainable water management and its protection. Water use is already under severe water stress, mainly due to climate change, pollution and population growth, especially in the oases that contribute to the economic development. The WASIS project contributes to expand the use of the most recent technical solutions with an innovative and demonstration work based on modeling tools for integrated water management, using a smart platform that uses sensors to provide information in real time on the water availability in the reservoirs and the water need for the crops. These will be integrated into a GIS-based numerical model for groundwater/surface water flow coupled to a DSS, which calculates the optimal water allocation from the dam reservoir or the aquifer or both to irrigate the oasis and/or to recharge the aquifer from the dam reservoir. This DSS-platform will assist the decision makers in monitoring and planning water resources in the area based on the real needs of crops/palm/population.

Intervention type

TEAM projects


01/01/2017 - 31/12/2020

This project is being implemented in:
Flemish promoter Marijke Huysmans
Local promoter Abdelkader Larabi
Local partner institution Vrije Universiteit Brussel
visit www.vub.ac.be
Local partner institution Université Mohammed V
visit http://www.um5a.ac.ma/index.php/en/
Other local partners National Institute of Agricultural Research
Budget € 297.026