Friday, June 27, 2014

ADER Announces 30 Million Euro Renovation Programme for Fez Medina

The 30 Million Euro project was announced on Thursday by the Agency for Development and Rehabilitation (Ader). The project, released to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Ader, should be a welcome injection of funds into restoration of the Fez Medina
Building collapse in Hay Hassani last year

The Medina of Fez was classified back in the 1980s as World Heritage by UNESCO and the new funding will be targeted at 3,666 houses threatening to collapse. Some 143 buildings may have to be destroyed and the remainder restored. It is to be hoped it will be sympathetic restoration and not merely a matter of completely rebuilding as has happened in some of the fonduk restorations

 Last year, according to Ader figures, some 4,000 Medina houses were in danger of collapse. Each year the spring weather and rain causes collapses in the Medina.

Building collapse in Meknes 2013

Other old cities in Morocco facing the same problem of buildings are threatening to fall into ruins, include those of Meknes, Rabat and Casablanca.  The government estimates that more than 114,000 homes are affected throughout the kingdom.

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