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Renewable Energy for the City of Marrakech's Bus Rapid Transit System. Terminal Evaluation Report
Commissioning Unit: Morocco
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 09/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Morocco
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Ensure that at the end of the project, the solar power plant is commissioned and supplies the electric bus station.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/10/31] [Last Updated: 2020/11/18]

The solar power plant is now commissioned and supplies the eletric bus station.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Ensure commissioning of the solar power.
[Added: 2019/10/31] [Last Updated: 2020/11/24]
Project Management team 2019/03 Completed The solar power plant is now commissioned and supplies the electric bus station History
2. Recommendation:

Transfer of ownership to the municipality of Marrakech in accordance with the agreemet prepared for the occasion.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/10/31] [Last Updated: 2020/11/18]

The agreement will be signed at the closing ceremony planned in December 2019. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Signature of the transfer agreement of the solar power between the Secretary of state in Charge of Sustainable Development and the municipality of Marrakech
[Added: 2019/10/31] [Last Updated: 2021/07/06]
Project Management team 2021/06 Completed La convention de transfert de la Station solaire PV a été signée en juin 2020 entre le Ministre de l’Energie, des Mines et de l’Environnement, le Wali de la Région de Marrakech Safi et le Président de la commune de Marrakech. History
3. Recommendation:

Proposals for future directions and the Scaling up of the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/10/31] [Last Updated: 2020/11/18]

A concept note for the GEF Impact Program 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop concept notes to seek new funding from international donors for scaling up the project. 
[Added: 2019/10/31] [Last Updated: 2019/12/02]
Project Maagement Team 2019/07 Completed A concept note for the GEF Impact Program “Sustainable Cities” has been formulated for “Strengthening Marrakech’s sustainable development through innovative planning and financing” and approved by the GEFSEC. We are now developing the Child project concept. History
4. Recommendation:

4.1.4. Best and worst practices in addressing issues of relevance, performance and success

The main lessons learned from the project are as follows:

× In the Moroccan context of a rapidly evolving energy sector, it is important to ensure that a small or medium-sized solar power plant can be connected to the grid or bus station (directly) from the planning and project development phase (provide sustainable solutions to cope with legal and institutional conditions);

× The integration of the gender approach into all project activities, actions, publications and purchases has had a catalytic effect, especially for a project with a significant social dimension;

× Adopting an effective communication policy from the beginning of the project has been very beneficial, following a participatory approach.  

For the replication of the project, the prospects are promising, not only in Marrakech, but also in Morocco and more broadly on the African continent. It is recommended to use this pilot project as a catalyst to carry out similar pilot projects in other African cities.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/11/17] [Last Updated: 2020/11/26]

Ensure the sharing of the good experience of this relevant project with other cities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure the sharing of the good experience of this relevant project with other cities, notably in the African countries.
[Added: 2020/11/24] [Last Updated: 2020/11/26]
UNDP 2020/01 Completed The Marrakech sustainable city impact program is supported by the global program (coordinated by UNEP) which offers a platform for the exchange and sharing of good practices and experiences between 9 countries (Morocco, China, India, Indonesia, Rowanda, Brezil, Costa rica, Argentina, Sierra Leone) and 24 cities around the world. History

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