Australian researcher Dana Cordell defended today a PhD thesis called “The Story of Phosphorus - Sustainability implications of global phosphorus scarcity for food security” at the Linköping University, Sweden. The thesis underlines dilemmas of exploration of the deposits in Western Sahara.
The thesis looks among other things on the geopolitical consequences of the phosphate production, and mentioned repeatedly the topic of Moroccan production in occupied Western Sahara.
“A huge proportion of the world’s agricultural fields are fertilized with rock from this region”, the thesis states.
“There are two important dimensions here: a) an ethical dimension of consumers and companies knowingly or unknowingly supporting an occupation that breaches international human rights conventions; and, b) the potential geopolitical consequences of a disruption of phosphate rock supply from the region,” it reads.
This thesis is the product of an agreement between the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney and Department of Water and Environmental Studies, Linköping University, Sweden.
Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.
It's not easy keeping up with all the different legal proceedings relating to Western Sahara. For the sake of clarity, here's an overview of the three different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Leading activists from Western Sahara are condemned to sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment in connection to a mass protest in 2010 denouncing the Saharawi people’s social and economic marginalization in their occupied land; the Gdeim Izik protest camp.
At COP22, beware of what you read about Morocco’s renewable energy efforts. An increasing part of the projects take place in the occupied territory of Western Sahara and is used for mineral plunder, new WSRW report documents.