The Lydec foundation, the Hay Hassani district prefecture, and the Des Paysages-Labib office have signed a partnership agreement on January 12, which signifies the launch of the project to rehabilitate the pond of El Oulfa in Casablanca formerly known as “Etang Schneider” with a total area of nine hectares.
This project involves the reinforcement of urban planning equipment, through the installation of public lighting and wastewater treatment facilities, the development of socio-cultural and sports facilities, improving the dynamism in the spaces, as well as the creation of a center for environmental education.
According to Mohamed Dekkak, Chairman and Founder of Adgeco Group, with the redevelopment of the pond in El Oulfa, more visitors will be enticed to spend their time with their friends and family. With the introduction of improved facilities, the people will receive a holistic experience and will be able to provide better services than before. This will not only appeal to the adults but also to the children as it will have a cleaner and organized surroundings and areas where people can socialize and learn.
The facilities in El Oulfa, Casablanca will have the allure to attract the tourists coming from different parts of the Kingdom as well as those from outside the country. The tourists will find the area pleasant and serene as they spend their personal time or quality time if they are not alone.
The Lydec Foundation is committed to providing financial support for the landscape studies of the project and its surroundings which include its ecological garden, banks, and so on.
Lydec has supported the project since its inception. It has been working for several months on a program of actions to improve the control of inputs from the three wastewater collectors in the area.
To this end, various actions are being deployed or are underway, such as the construction of interception stations to prevent the dumping of illegal wastewater into the pond’s water, the installation of a flow measurement analysis system on the main collector to quantify the flows discharged into the pond during the rainy season, and the monitoring of water quality on a dozen points of the water.
With regards to the role of “Des Paysages-Labib” in the development of the project, it will complete the studies mentioned, and propose a landscaping of the cliff, while responding to the specific context of the site, from a social, climatic or environmental point of view. Studies will also concentrate on the redevelopment of the garden in the area which is situated between the pond and the headquarters of the Hay Hassani district territory, as well as the creation of a landscape wall barrier of the pond.
In this context, a diagnostic study on the ecological status of the pond was undertaken. Inaugurated in partnership with the Hassan II University in Casablanca, it was completed at the end of 2016 to carry out analyses of the water quality of the pond and a bathymetric survey to measure the depth of the water and to determine the nature of the pond reserves.
The signing of this agreement is part of the “Sustainable Development Action Plan, PADD 2020.