MOSAICC Pilot test in Morocco

In agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture and Sea Fisheries Morocco has been selected for the first full deployment of MOSAICC in a country. This pilot test will lead to the packaging of MOSAICC v1.0, the first stable version of the system.

Objectives

Initiated at the beginning of 2013, the pilot test of MOSAICC in Morocco has three main objectives:

  • Transfer of the system and development of capacities through trainings in relevant national and regional institutions to run the models autonomously
  • Test and debug of the system, the models and the interfaces in the perspective of the release of a first stable version of MOSAICC
  • Carry out a climate change impact study of reference for future implementations in other countries

A total of 11 institutions are participating in the activities in Morocco. At national level, the National Institute for Agronomic research (INRA), the Direction of National Meteorology (DMN), the Division of Strategy and Statistics of the Ministry of Agriculture and Sea Fisheries (DSS) and the Direction of Water Research and Planning of the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment (DRPE) lead the activities.

At regional level the Hydraulic Basin agencies of Oum Er Rbiâ (ABHOER), Loukkos (ABHL), Sebou (ABHS), Moulouya (ABHM), Tensift (ABHT), Souss Massa and Drâa (ABHSM), Bouregreg and Chaouia (ABHBC) are involved in the project.

Implementation

The activities in Morocco are taking place under the framework of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with national and regional institutions in January 2013. A working group with national experts has been established to manage the system and to define study projects covering the whole country. The pilot test include the installation of the server and the software in the host institution (DMN), the training of the experts on the system, the models and the utilities, the test of the models and the achievement of reference climate change impact study on Moroccan agriculture. Results will be published and presented to the end-users in a final workshop in 2014.

Funding

The pilot test activities are funded by the EU/FAO Programme on Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction (www.foodsec.org)

MOSAICC STREAM training participants, 17 May 2013, Rabat

last updated:  Tuesday, October 29, 2013