Genesis Morocco: Greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked


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Genesis Morocco

Project Genesis is a strategic sustainable development framework for Morocco to translate from being a net importer of energy and a country facing water shortage issues, into the number one producer both of clean renewable energy and water in the region.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009    <<Home

Greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked



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It has been a while now, 4 years and counting, since June 2006, when I have started this blog to document and explain my vision, known as Project Genesis.

The recent developments here in Morocco, with a massive 9bn USD targeted at harnessing solar energy comfort me that were heading towards the right path. So far I haven't seen any new ventures concerning water desalination. Perhaps the need isnt there yet. But Project Genesis is very much about the future, about freeing Morocco from the uncertainty of water precipitations and breaking the droughts cycle.

Implemented in its entirety Project Genesis aims at achieving 3 goals :

01. Energy independence
02. Water independence
03. Food self sufficiency

I by no means view this as an effort for autarcy, but as a security for the future. We should no longer depend on water resources who are getting more and more stretched, nor should we depend on oil or coal imports, and why should we buy grain and corn when we can produce our own.

Micro irrigation, Stirling engines, Reverse osmosis are the key technologies to be mastered for our total and sustainable independence and prosperity.

Surely the world has much to offer, but this always comes with strings attached, by no means can we claim to be secure as to our future needs when we aren't able to cover them at a hundred percent, those are key needs, vital needs, needs for which wars are have been waged throughout history.

Project Genesis is a preemptive strike at droughts, energy shortages, and food imports. To have peace, one must prepare for war, it is one war but it has many fronts, hydric stress, desertification, population growth, energy dependency, food dependency, rural exodus.

If tomorrow we can stand amongst the concert of nations as independent and autonomous for our vital strategical needs, then we will be able to hold our heads high. If worse comes to worst as far as climate change predictions we will have worked today, to address an uncertain tomorrow.

Morocco will be as it ever was, an element of stability in the region. Through claiming non arable lands, we will be able to decuplate our agrarian production. The water will come from the desalination plants, produced cheaply as we will have succeeded in slashing the main cost energy. As for energy, we will have more then we need and will be able to export it.

No surely this vision doesn't come cheap, but how else to sustain the backbone of the economy, agriculture and other key sector such as tourism. No the vision aims at more then that.

Faced with a collective responsibility, the nations of the world are debating about carbon emission cuts and technology transfers. I say let us buy the technology, let us manufacture locally the instruments of our consolidated independence.

Let us face the world in 10, 15, 20 years from now saying we did our share, not only we have been able to develop a sustainable model, but one that is carbon free.

As for the Kingdom, here opens a broad new venue for trade and regional integration through our power linkage to Europe and to the UMA nations, through water pipelines reaching far in the vast Sahara, for the Sahara is our strategical depth.

Project Genesis allows for a successful and continued colonization of the desert, a project we can start in our own southern provinces and then collaborate with Algeria, Mauritania, Tunisia and Libya for an integrated desert development plan for the ages to come.

Amongst the concert of nations, let us say loud and clear that the initiative was our to take and that we did so, decisively and without failing. History will look back on this venture if we engage into making it a reality, as one of the most ambitious regarding its scope and implications, the human conquest of the Sahara, the last frontier.

I envision human colonies in the Sahara in the coming century, whole integrated ecosystems with agrarian production and solar energy production. Water provided through water pipelines reaching from desalination plants located on the coastal areas, whole communities and cities thriving sustainably, in the desert.

To quote John Fitzerald Kennedy, "New hopes for knowledge and peace are there. And, therefore, as we set sail we ask God's blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked."

It has been my pleasure to serve these last 4 years. This blog will go on, documenting the feasibility, challenges, and developments pertaining to Project Genesis, convinced as I am that it is the right path to follow for the future, the critical path.