Wind Power Plants in occupied territories of Western Sahara

Saharaui people mobilize against several wind power projects in the occupied area by Morocco. Projects are seen as reinforcing the illegal occupation and exploitation of local resources.


An increasing part of the wind and solar programs that Morocco is promoting are located in Western Sahara, a disputed territory between the Kingdom of Morrocco and the Saharawi indigenous people, led by the Polisario Front.

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Basic Data
NameWind Power Plants in occupied territories of Western Sahara
SiteWestern Sahara, El Aaiún
Accuracy of LocationMEDIUM regional level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Land acquisition conflicts
Specific CommoditiesElectricity
Chemical products
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsFoum El Oued Wind Farm

22 Siemens Windmills 50 MW

TISKRAD (300 MW) and BOUJDOUR (100 MW).

Both projects are being carried by Siemens, Enel and Nareva, and will be part of Morocco’s 850 MW ‘Integrated Wind Energy Program’
Type of PopulationRural
Start Date17/11/2016
Company Names or State EnterprisesSiemens from Germany
Enel Wind Power from Italy
Nareva Holding from Morocco
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersWestern Sahara Resource Watch

Saharaui Youth Union (UJSARIO)
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingIndigenous groups or traditional communities
International ejos
Social movements
Ethnically/racially discriminated groups
Forms of MobilizationInvolvement of national and international NGOs
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Other Environmental impacts
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession
Project StatusUnder construction
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.The occupation and resource exploitation of Western Sahara is ongoing
Sources and Materials

Powering the Plunder. Western Sahara Resource Watch. 2015 Report
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BBC News- Western Sahara Profile
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Other Documents

Source: Western Sahara Resource Watch
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Saharaui refugees demonstrating against Windmill projects in the area occupied by Marruecos. Source: Western Sahara Resource Watch
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