CREM project



Duration of the project

8 years (2014-2022)



Scientific and technical knowledge improvement

Best practices Sharing

Capacity building


Total budget

5,000,000 €

  • National Agency for Water Resources (ANRH)
  • Integrated Water Resources Management Agency (AGIRE) in Algeria
  • Water Department of the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and the Environment (MEMWE) in Morocco
  • Ministry of Agriculture (Office of Planning and Water Balances (OPWB) in Tunisia
Countries concerned
Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia

Regional Cooperation for a Sustainable Management of the Water Resources in the Maghreb

The project is a contribution to the reflections underway in the countries of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) for the implementation of a regional strategy for natural resources management. It is based on the conclusions of the AMU meeting (Rabat, January 2006) which recommend in particular to:

  • Implement Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) at the national and regional levels
  • Increase knowledge sharing
  • Strengthen regional information exchange systems on IWRM

The strengthening of this regional cooperation will be carried out through the exchange of good practices within the framework of sustainable management of water resources, but also of improving the management of groundwater. The project is based on two modules, CREM-GIZ and CREM-BGR:

Objectives of the (CREM - GIZ) module coordinated by GIZ :

  • In its phase 1 (January 2014 - December 2018): The exchange of good practices for sustainable management of water resources between partner institutions in the three countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia);
  • In its phase 2 (January 2019 - June 2022): Improving the conditions for increased use of integrated approaches to the management of climate-sensitive water resources, by political decision-makers and specialized authorities from the three partner countries

Objectives of the (CREM - BGR) module coordinated by BGR :

  • In its phase 1 (January 2014 - December 2018): The three partner countries have updated data and improved methods for sustainable groundwater management.
  • In its phase 2 (January 2019 - June 2022): Building the capacities of the specialized institutions in the Maghreb in charge of sustainable management of water resources


Financial partners
Technical partners
  • Institut Fédéral des Géosciences et des Ressources Naturelles - BGR

Approval date

January 2014

Planification and kick off workshop

April 2014

Closing workshop of phase 1

December 2018

Planification and kick off workshop - Phase 2

September 2019

Key Achievements
  • Establishment of project implementation bodies: appointment of national focal points and institutions
  • Identification of pilot demonstration sites by the national institutions
  • Training sessions on water resources management tools, exchange of information and good practices
  • Exchange Platform on Water in the Maghreb