Country

Morocco

Explore historical and projected climate data, climate data by sector, impacts, key vulnerabilities and what adaptation measures are being taken. Explore the overview for a general context of how climate change is affecting Morocco.

Country Context

Morocco is located in North Africa along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Morocco has a large rural population that is highly dependent on natural resources and, thus, very vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Agriculture is important to the country’s economy and food security; it is practiced on 67% of the total area land, employs about 41% of the population and, in 2009, contributed 16% to the total gross domestic product. Agriculture consumes over 83% of harvested water, but water scarcity and irregularity are major hindrances to its development. The coastline is very important not only in defining the country’s climate, but also in commercial exchange, fishing, tourism and development. Climate change poses a significant threat to Morocco’s water and environmental resources, which are already under extensive pressure from population explosion, industrial growth, tourism development activities and agricultural extension.

Morocco's Department of Environment within the Ministry of Energy, Mining, Water and Environment is the government body looking at climate change policies and played a major role in developing the country’s National Strategy for Sustainable Development (NSSD) in 2014. The country also has other national strategies such as the National Plan Against Global Warming 2009 and sectoral strategies developed by concerned ministries that address climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts such as the National Water Strategy. Morocco ratified the Paris Agreement on September 21, 2016 and the associated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) can be found here.

Country level data at a glance

Climate Data

Historical Trends

The section provides access to historical climate datasets for both temperature and precipitation from 1900 to 2016.

Projected Trends

The section provides access to future climate datasets for both temperature and precipitation and their statistical derivatives for various timeframes and emission scenarios from 2020 to 2099.

The section provides access to future climate datasets for both temperature and precipitation and their statistical derivatives for various timeframes and emission scenarios from 2020 to 2099.

Climate by Sector

This section contains information from multiple climate indicators and indices relevant for key economic sectors. Simple narratives can help you interpret and extract summaries of potential climate change impacts at the sector level.

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Vulnerability

This section allows you to explore the susceptibility of livelihoods and natural systems to impacts from climate variability and change and facilitate the exploration of socioeconomic and development data and its relationships with natural hazards vulnerable areas.

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Impacts

This section allows you to explore the climate information from multiple climate indicators and present them with simple, embedded interpretation for an informative, high-level summary of the potential for future climate change impacts on key socioeconomic sectors.

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Adaptation

This section helps you grasp key national adaptation policies and reports, explore options for key sectors, and understand current adaptation gaps and needs for enhanced climate smart planning.

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