The city of Essaouira has just launched the “Mogagreen” project. Objective: to involve citizens and implement various actions in favor of a sustainable economy and environment.
Waste recovery, creation of green jobs, participatory and eco-citizen approach … the City of Trade Winds intends to develop a new model that can be duplicated in other African countries.
“Mogagreen”, an ecological project resulting from a collective intelligence approach
The Moroccan city of Essaouira – formerly known as Mogador – has several assets: an exceptional heritage, cultural diversity, but also a rich coastline and a unique argan ecosystem. “Mogagreen” is a project that aims to preserve and enhance these treasures.
To achieve this ambition, the city has decided to rely on the “sharing of experiences”, aware that the success of the project will rely primarily on the involvement of all.
Thus, residents, private actors, associations and the general public are called upon to work collectively to define and implement sustainable development strategies adapted to the territory.
To create a sustainable economic model, a participatory and eco-citizen approach will be taken through the implementation of concrete actions.
Concrete actions for a sustainable city
The objectives of the “Mogagreen” project are clear: to reduce the city’s carbon footprint, to create green jobs, to promote social integration, but also to implement a new waste management policy.
In concrete terms, this will result in the creation of waste generators at the source, involving several thousand households, 20 schools and 300 professionals. A community of recyclers will also be set up, allowing the creation of 50 direct jobs. “Mogagreen” will also result in the installation of a secondary sorting and pre-treatment platform in Essaouira, as well as the implementation of an innovative model for the management and recovery of waste.
Finally, we note that the old medina will be rehabilitated and that an eco-village project in Sidi Kaouki will promote local products, including Argan Oil and its derivatives and olive oil.