Charafat Afailal

Former Minister in Charge of Water, Expert on Water and Climate

Charafat Afailal

Former Minister in Charge of Water, Expert on Water and Climate


Charafat Afailal, was the Minister in charge of water in the Moroccan government between 2013 and 2018 and is currently an expert on water resources.

Over the past 25 years since graduating with Engineering degree, Ms Charafat Afailal has accumulated a rich expertise in the field of: water governance, planning, integrated water resources management, climate change adaptation strategies, Gender mainstreaming in water sector, Management and implementation of Nexus projects, PPP projects structuring…

As Minister, Charafat Afailal launched many important reforms and made several landmark achievements that ensured water security in a difficult climatic context.

Many achievements were concluded under her leadership, such as the elaboration of the Moroccan water policy 2015-2030, development and implementation of the drought management plans, establishment of a new mode of groundwater governance, development of re-use plans and others.

Ms Charafat Afailal also played an important role in the recognition of water as the sector most affected by climate change, which culminated in the organisation of the Water Action Day during COP 22 by CCNUCC, in this sense she chaired the first International Conference on Water and Climate in Rabat in 2016.

She has published numerous articles in the field of water governance and sustainable development.

Ms Charafat Afailal is the member of advisory board for the Middle East Water Forum and co-founder of regional initiative on strengthening the role of women in water diplomacy in the MENA region.

Ms Charafat Afailal was the jury president of the King Hassan II Great World Water Prize for two sessions 2015 and 2018.
Ms Charafat Afailal holds the bleu passport delivered by INBO as recognition of her official involvement in the protection, conservation and water management.

Mrs Charafat Afailal is a former parliamentarian in the Moroccan Representative House from 2011 to 2013.



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