H2O Maghreb

Student tests out the new Aquatronics virtual reality training equipment
Student tests out the new Aquatronics virtual reality training equipment
Aquatronics

QUICK FACTS

  • Implementing Partner: United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • Host-Country Partners:
    • National Office of Electricity and Water
    • Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water, and Environment
    • Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research
  • Private Sector Partners:
    • FESTO
    • EON Reality
  • Location: Rabat
  • Total Budget: $2.67 Million
    • USAID Contribution: $1.4 Million
  • Duration: 2017-2019

BACKGROUND

Morocco suffers from scarce water resources and increasing water demand. Like its neighboring countries in the region, Morocco is faced with the challenge of sustainably developing and managing its water resources. With its growing population, rapid urbanization, and developing economy – including industrial growth in the mining and agricultural sectors, both heavy water users – mitigating Morocco’s water scarcity is a national priority. The growing uncertainty of such a critical resource is becoming an additional source of tension and potential instability both in Morocco and across the region.

USAID RESPONSE

Recognizing water as a national security issue for Morocco and its neighbors in the region, USAID is using science and technology to establish modernized and more sustainable water management practices in Morocco. The H2O Maghreb activity aims to identify cutting edge solutions to urgent water needs in Morocco and the region, while also increasing the employability skills of young Moroccans by providing them with a Water Knowledge Hub and Training Center that delivers market-driven training programs.

As the fruit of a partnership bringing together the public and private spheres, H2O Maghreb brings state-of-the-art equipment and an Aquatronics curriculum, delivered through technical training using virtual reality (VR) tools, to the National Office for Electricity and Water. Aquatronics combines elements of water management from different professions in both the public and private industrial sectors, thereby meeting the challenges of improving water access and water treatment in a systematic manner.

ANTICIPATED RESULTS

  • Assessment of future skills and job needs in the Moroccan water sector.
  • A fully functional training site in Rabat with state-of-the-art equipment and virtual reality tools established.
  • H2O Maghreb model scaled up and applied across the region. 

Last updated: June 22, 2018

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