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Sustainable Development Focus For Tangier Conference

Sustainable development in geosynthetics will be explored at a seminar organised by the Moroccan chapter of the IGS next month.

The Moroccan Committee of Geosynthetics (CMG) is hosting the three-day event at the Kenzi Solazur Hotel in Tangier on March 5 to 7.

The packed program includes a speaker series, a discussion of geosynthetic applications including geotextiles in drainage, geomembranes in agriculture, geogrids in slope reinforcement and the use of geosynthetics to prevent erosion.

An update on latest applications, standards and specifications will be provided and delegates will have the opportunity to continue the technical discussion at a gala dinner.

There will also be a site visit to a working landfill in Tangier.

IGS Vice President Dr Nathalie Touze will deliver her lauded Giroud Lecture as one of two keynote speakers. Dr Touze’s talk, titled ‘Healing the World: A Geosynthetics Solution’, will be given in French, and explores the mitigating effects of geosynthetics on some of the world’s most challenging concerns from socio-economic development to environmental issues.

The second keynote will be given by Jean-Pierre Gourc, former member of the IGS Council. His talk will be ‘Lessons learned from the study of hydraulic structures dating back several decades’.

For more information and sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact CMG president Houssine Ejjaaouani by emailing or visit

  • Want to catch the Giroud Lecture? Dr Touze will also speak in Geneva in April before delivering a French version in Tunisia in October. Watch this space or check our calendar page for updates.
<<UPDATE>> Dr. Touze will no longer be able to attend the seminar in person because of travel restrictions related to the Coronavirus. Additionally, her Geneva lecture will be postponed to October.