Ecological Project in Moroccan Sahara Wins 2016 UNFCCC Momentum for Change Award

An Ecological project in the Moroccan Sahara won the 2016 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Momentum for Change Award, the UNFCCC Secretariat announced on Wednesday in Bonn.


The Dar Si Hmad project provides accessible potable water to more than 400 people in five villages, most of them women and children, the source said in a press release.


Dar Si Hmad, a women-led NGO in Morocco, designed and installed what is now the world’s largest operational fogwater harvesting system, the UNFCCC pointed out.


“It is an innovative solution to persistent water stress where fog is abundant, a technique inspired from ancient water practices,” the source noted.


The unique fog harvesting project is a successful model of a locally-driven, participatory climate change adaptation initiative, providing an environmentally friendly water source to combat the effects of desertification.


The pilot project is servicing 5 villages located in Tnine Amellou, Qaidat Mesti, and Sidi Ifni, Southwest Morocco. The Momentum for Change initiative is spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat to shine a light on some of the most innovative, scalable and replicable examples of what people are doing to address climate change. Today’s announcement is part of wider efforts to mobilize action and ambition as national governments work toward implementing the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.


“The Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities underline how climate action and sustainable development is building at all levels of society from country-wide initiatives to ones in communities, by companies and within cities world-wide,” UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said. “By showcasing these remarkable examples of creativity and transformational change, along with the extraordinary people behind them, we can inspire everyone to be an accelerator towards the kind of future we all want and need.” Each of the 13 winning activities touches on one of Momentum for Change’s three focus areas: Women for Results,Financing for Climate Friendly Investment and ICT Solutions. All 13 will be showcased at a series of special events during the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco (7 November to 18 November 2016).