Morocco developed a new water strategy aimed to support the water needs for its economic development plan until 2030. This integrated policy combining water conservation and resource mobilization was officially aimed at achieving the aforementioned goal while respecting the environment and the rights of future generations. As part of this plan, 50 dams with the combined capacity of 1.7 billion m3 were projected to be built, as well as 1000 small and midsize dams by 2030.  Funded by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development , the Tamalout dam construction started in 2008. It is situated on the Ansegmir Tributary of the Moulouya river, close to the Amazigh village of Tizinzou. Once constructed, this dam will serve for irrigation, drinking water and flooding control. According to officials, the Tamalout dam will help stimulating the local economy of the Ansegmir Valley through the irrigation of more than 5000 hectares of fruit trees and the provision of potable water for nearby agglomerations with its 50 million m3 capacity. Once filled, the reservoir will inundate the village of Tizinzou.  As of 2015, the construction process was 34 months late, mainly due to the ongoing protest by the inhabitants of the nearby Amazigh village of Tizinzou. Since 2009, the destruction of half the houses, power lines and the village school with the protection of Auxiliary Arms Forces was seen as a way to force the villagers out. In addition, the villagers claim that the indemnisation proposed for the expropriations is not enough. Many villagers were coerced into accepting the indemnisation packages and suffered the consequences. Most of them lost their houses and their livelihoods which depended on agriculture in the expropriated land. This clear abuse of cultural, social and economic rights has led to around 15 protests since 2009 as well as the support of Moroccan Association for Human Rights (mainly acting as an observer to deter political rights violations), in the nearby town of Midelt. Villagers who were able to take their cases to court succeeded in getting better compensation which was raised from 10 to 50 Dirhams by m2. In addition, villagers also have collectively owned land used for pasture which is worth 2 million Dirhams according to activists. No compensation for these lands was mentioned by authorities. Inhabitants are most scared of seeing their tribe dispersed and losing its economic independence.  Moreover, and according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the dam has negative impacts on the river ecosystems of the Moulouya basin. The report claims that the release of sediments will cause the destruction of natural habitats . The Imazighen have very little means of enforcing the rights they have over their lands, with the government frequently taking decisions without involving them in favor of the country’s political and economic interests. The French colonial decree from 1912 stating that the government is allowed to seize communal land from indigenous people still exist, while limited collective ownership rights under government guidance is authorized since 1919. Protection of land rights and the ability of the Amazigh people to develop economically and culturally are directly linked which can explain the continuous loss of their language and relative poverty.