Oued Martil Valley Development Project in Tetouan

Development of the Oued Martil valley: Integrated urban development and resilience to climate change and risks of natural disasters

The new wave of UPFI project identification in the Mediterranean, carried out in Morocco from April 2017 to May 2018, has seen the integration of the Oued Martil planning project to the UPFI pipe of projects.

As a result of this surveying, led by the AFD and EIB, the UPFI Steering Committee carries on the analysis of this project which combines urban integrated development and consideration of the environmental issues, with, in the end, the objective to launch the preparation of this project.

Context of the project

Reconciling the inhabitants of the plain and the wadi, and creating a new urban centre for the Greater Tetouan

Since 2014, the Kingdom of Morocco, the wilaya of the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region and the communes of Tetouan and Martil have been working together on the rehabilitation and development of the Oued Martil valley. This vast integrated and sustainable urban development project aims to reconcile the inhabitants of the plain and the once flood-prone wadi, which is of major ecological value, in order to develop the valley into an urban centre that meets the needs of the population of Greater Tetouan (development of new urban areas, renovation of existing neighbourhoods, improvement of transport and mobility), and to attract private investment and thus promote local economic development.

 

Oued Martil valley site<br/>©Olivier TOUTAIN, UPFI Projects Management Unit for the French Development Agency (AFD)

Oued Martil valley site
©Olivier TOUTAIN, UPFI Projects Management Unit for the French Development Agency (AFD)

 

The Oued Martil valley is located in the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima wilaya at the north-westernmost point of Morocco, between the wilayas of Rabat-Sale-Kenitra and Fes-Meknes. The development project will be located on the territory of the city of Tetouan and the communes of Martil and Azlaa. The Tetouan agglomeration, which is crossed by the Oued Martil valley, has a population of about 380,000.

The UPFI project

A project with high urban and environmental potential

In order to meet these three major objectives, the Oued Martil valley will be divided into 11 urban sectors structured into several hubs: residential, economic, cultural, commercial, ecological and touristic hubs. As the start of this ambitious urban development project, work to clean up pollution of the Oued Martil valley and protect it against flooding began in 2015.

 

Development project of the Oued Martil valley<br />©STAVOM (Société d’Aménagement de la Vallée de Oued Martil)

Development project of the Oued Martil valley
©STAVOM (Société d’Aménagement de la Vallée de Oued Martil)

 

Given the urban and environmental potential of this urban project, the UPFI is supporting central and local authorities in Morocco, as well as STAVOM (Société d’Aménagement de la Vallée de Oued Martil – Oued Martil Valley Development Company), in the structuring and operational and financial set-up of the project.

 

Oued Martil valley site<br />©Olivier TOUTAIN, UPFI Projects Management Unit for the French Development Agency (AFD)

Oued Martil valley site
©Olivier TOUTAIN, UPFI Projects Management Unit for the French Development Agency (AFD)

 

In the framework of the UPFI, the final outcomes of this identification phase will enable the launching of a technical assistance dedicated to supporting the STAVOM (Société d’Aménagement de la Vallée de Oued Martil – Oued Martil Valley Development Company) in designing and setting-up this urban project.

Key indicators of the project

  • 1600 hectares with development potential.
  • 11 urban sectors spread over 5 km of Oued Martil.
  • Project news

    Projet

    New UPFI project Oued Martil: recruitment of technical assistance

    UPFI is helping STAVOM, the wilaya of the Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima Region and the municipalities of Tetouan and Martil to prepare the Oued Martil valley development project. This vast integrated and sustainable urban development project aims to reconcile the inhabitants of the plain and the once flood-prone wadi, which is of major ecological value, in order to develop the valley into an urban centre that meets the needs of the population of Greater Tetouan (development of new urban areas, renovation of existing neighbourhoods, improvement of transport and mobility), and to attract private investment and thus promote local economic development. After identifying the support and assistance requirements of the project and its promoters, in September 2018 AFD issued a call for tenders aiming to recruit technical assistance to complete a pre-operational assessment for the project and expand the capacity of the contracting authority, STAVOM. call for tenders