The UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape has been invited by the Director of the School of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning of the Euromed University, Ms. Iman Benkirane, to assess the implementation of a WAT_UNESCO in the city of Sefrou. The preparatory mission of January 2020 in Fez allowed a meeting with the Governor of the Sefrou province (Mr. Omar Said Amzazi), the chief urban planner of the City of Sefrou (Mr. Bouhaddioui Adderahim) and to gain firsthand insights concerning the local issues. Located about twenty kilometers from the city of Fez, this city constitutes the setting of a highly valuable landscape heritage, a unique history of its medina where the Jewish and Muslim communities have formed a unique living environment across generations. unique, etc. However, the current medina faces problems in managing its built environment (deterioration and denaturation of architecture) and domestic waste as well as an impoverishment of its water resources. The preservation, valorization and development of its habitat, its public spaces, its historic center and, more broadly, its urban landscape constitute the main challenges for the future of this urbanization. In view of these declared stakes, there are plans to hold a WAT_UNESCO in May 2021 to allow the implementation of a series of preparatory actions which will be carried out by the School of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning of the Euromed University from this spring in consultation with government authorities and the municipality of Sefrou.
What is more, this mission to Fez and Sefrou was an opportunity for Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec to present the mission of the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape and the goals of the WAT_UNESCO to the faculty and the students of the School of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning of the Euromed University.