Heritage to be preserved: Marrakech has just hosted a meeting on Water, territorial and architectural planning


Water has always constituted an integral part of the lives of Moroccans throughout the centuries, or precisely all the Dynasties which succeeded one another in the Kingdom had given essential importance to water both in terms of its conservation and for its distribution, where we note with pride the positioning of the “Saguiats, Khattarats, the “Matfiyats”, in addition to the Nafourates and other “Seqayats” which adorn our ancient Medinas in the hundreds. Today, we agree to better manage this precious commodity that interests us all

Also, under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, a scientific meeting was held at the headquarters of the Municipal Palace of Marrakech, which is part of the event “Marrakech, capital of culture in the Islamic world 2024 »

Organized by the National School of Architecture of Marrakech (ENAM) under the Ministry of National Territorial Planning, Urban Planning, Housing and City Policy, in partnership in particular with the Organization of Islamic World for Education, Science and Culture (ISESCO), the Marrakech Municipal Council and the Marrakech-Safi Regional Council, this meeting on the importance of water in territorial and architectural planning, international scope marked the work of the first day of the 9th edition of the International Architecture Forum “Al Mi’mar” (May 13-14).

On this occasion, several international and local experts shed light on new and innovative methods of preserving memory and culture as one of the distinctive elements of the ancient medina of Marrakech, which shape daily life, arts and architecture of the city.

Water culture, they added, constitutes an essential element of the heritage of the Ocher City, as evidenced by its profound influence on the architectural design and urban planning of the city, noting that the rich history of water management Water, including traditional irrigation systems such as khettaras, is part of the city’s landscape and cultural diversity.

This meeting was also an opportunity for participants to emphasize the need to explore innovative rather than traditional approaches in order to develop integrated and targeted strategies to manage the risks inherent in natural disasters.

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