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Developing an INDC aligning national and sectoral policy objectives

Developing an INDC aligning national and sectoral policy objectives

Development of the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) through a robust and nationally aligned process for presentation to the international community well ahead of COP 21.
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use
  • Forestry and REDD+
  • Transport
  • Waste Management


Year Published

2010 - 2015

Case Summary
The development of Morocco’s INDC was based on a comprehensive technical and political process involving key stakeholders in the country. The INDC builds on the National Strategy for Sustainable Development (NSSD) as well as several other national and sectoral strategies, including the Moroccan Solar Plan, the National Energy Strategy, the National Strategy to Combat Global Warming, and the Green Morocco Investment Plan. As such, it is well integrated into national policy planning and processes and reflects the country’s long term development objectives.

The INDC process was conducted in parallel with the preparation of the Third National Communication (TNC), and benefited from the detailed analyses conducted under this process. The analysis to inform the design of the INDC was thorough, engaged participation and input from all relevant ministries, and wasvalid ated by their sectorial experts. This resulted in a high level of acceptance and confidence amongst stakeholders and high level decision makers. In turn, high level political leadership, culminating in a national INDC conference chaired by the Head of Government, successfully drove the inter-ministerial development of the INDC and allowed Morocco to submit its INDC in early June as the first Arab and second African country to do so.

The thorough and inclusive INDC preparation process translated into a well-presented INDC, including transparent explanations of the targets and underlying activities, as well as information on the resource and implementation provisions.
  • National ministries: Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment (MEMEE), Ministry of Agriculture,
  • Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Finance, etc.
  • National Parliament
  • Civil society and private sector stakeholders
  • Moroccan Competence Centre for Climate Change (4C Maroc)
Cooperation with
  • Global INDC Support Programme implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).
  • International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
Supported by the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) in the framework of its International Climate Initiative (IKI). The EU is providing financial support through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for post-INDC submission activities.

Results supported byUNDPWorld Resources InstituteTransparency partnership