“'Before the intervention of MASEN […] these virgin arid lands were free of any activity, the wind blew on these mountains without moving the wind turbine blade and rivers flowed without being restrained by dams. MASEN, an inexhaustible force of development.'
These arid lands, described as empty in a promotional video by the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN), consist of 3,000 hectares slated to host the largest solar energy complex in the world, Noor-Ouarzazate. Not mentioned in the glossy promotional materials, however, is the fact that 8,000 villagers lost their access to collective pasture in 2010 due to this massive land acquisition..."
Shades of Golda Meir discovering "A land without a people for a people without a land"
Life in the Vicinity of Morocco’s Noor Solar Energy Project.
MERIP issue 298 "Maghreb From the Margins"
Zakia Salime 04.6.2021