Beni Oukil Gravel Quarries, Morocco

Since 2014 the villagers of Beni Oukil have been fighting against a quarry on the nearby Jbel Dchira. They have been often faced with violent answers from the local police and several arrests.


Ever since the gravel and sand quarry emerged on the mountainside (2014), a few hundred meters away from their homes and agricultural lands, the inhabitants on Beni Oukil, at the foothill of Jbel Dchira, have been in the midst of an ecological struggle [1].

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Basic Data
NameBeni Oukil Gravel Quarries, Morocco
SiteBeni Oukil
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Building materials extraction (quarries, sand, gravel)
Specific CommoditiesSand, gravel
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsA 20 ha gravel and sand quarry close to the village of Beni Oukil. Managed by Société Gypse Nord on privately owned land. It is listed by the ministry of equipment and transport as temporary (Although in service since 2014) and one of the few quarries on the list without a declared yearly extraction volume.
Project Area (in hectares)20
Level of Investment (in USD)Unkown
Type of PopulationRural
Potential Affected PopulationUnknown
Start Date2014
Company Names or State EnterprisesSociété Gypse Nord from Morocco
Relevant government actorsConseil Économique Social er Environnemental (CESE)

Ministère de l'Équipement et du Tranport

Ministère de l'Energie, des Mines, de l'Eau et de l'Environnement
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersATTAC Maroc:

Association Maroccaine des droits humains:
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)HIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Social movements
Forms of MobilizationBlockades
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil erosion
Potential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Desertification/Drought, Food insecurity (crop damage), Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Loss of livelihood, Militarization and increased police presence, Violations of human rights, Increase in violence and crime
Project StatusIn operation
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCorruption
Criminalization of activists
Court decision (victory for environmental justice)
Violent targeting of activists
Development of AlternativesAs far as the villagers are concerned, they want the quarry to stop all its activities and that the site is rehabilitated.
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.The quarry has not stopped any of its activities and the inhabitants of Beni Oukil are still fighting to stop it.
Sources and Materials

[5] - Loi n° 12-03 relative aux études d'impact sur l'environnement
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[4] - Dahir 9 joumada II 1332 (5 Mai 1914) réglementant l'exploitation des carrières (B.O. 19 juin 1914)
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[1] - A Beni Oukil, le combat des villageois contre une carrière de gravier
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[6] - Des militants écologistes dénoncent "le pillage du sable à des fins immobilières" dans l'Est du Maroc
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Media Links

[9] - The Free Akkad Public Campaign
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Sit-in against the quarry in Isly
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[8] - Communiqué from ATTAC 2
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[7] - Communiqué from ATTAC 1
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Interview with Salaheddine Lemaizi from ATTAC Maroc
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Other Documents

Quarries List in Morocco
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Mohammed Akkad Source: Attac
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Imider/ Beni Oukil Source: Attac. Stop au harcèlement des militants écologistes au Maroc.
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Meta Information
ContributorChristophe Maroun - ICTA
Last update08/05/2017