UEMF and the World Bank co-organize a conference on climate change: challenges for the Fez-Meknes region

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The EuroMed University of Fez and the World Bank organized a conference-debate entitled: “Climate Change: Challenges for the Fez-Meknes Region”, with the participation of Mr. Mostapha Bousmina, President of the EuroMed University of Fez; Mr. Ferid Belhaj, MENA Vice-President for the World Bank and Mr. Abdeslam Bekkali, Mayor of the city of Fez. This event made it possible to collect from key players in the Fès-Meknes Region their perspectives on the challenges posed by climate change but also their recommendations for actions to be implemented locally to help anchor the region in a trajectory resilient and sustainable development.

As the world emerges from the crisis linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, a consensus is emerging that the post-COVID-19 recovery process must be used to decisively address the threat of climate change. Morocco is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change, mainly due to water scarcity and its exposure to natural disasters, which are expected to increase with climate change. However, Morocco also finds itself in a particularly favorable situation, due to its large renewable energy resources, which should allow it to become a “clean energy champion” and join the global decarbonization trend.

This event saw the participation of various distinguished panelists, such as Mr. Fathallah Sijilmassi, President of the Research Institute for European, Mediterranean, and African Studies (RIEMAS), Mr. Abdeslam Bekkali, Mayor of the city of Fez, Mr. Omar Tajmouati, General Vice-President – ​​Acting President, CGEM Fès-Taza, Mr. M'hammed Dryef, Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, and Mr. Amjad Kiti, Director of the Economic and Territorial offer, Regional Investment Center of the Fez-Meknes Region. 

The conference ended with a presentation of the climate fresco, students from Euromed Business School, who brilliantly discussed sustainable solutions to reduce the carbon footprint within the campus but also at the level of the city of Fez , and by extension, the Fez-Meknes region.