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On the edge of the southwestern town of Rissani, Abdelrahman Ahmidani sighs as he reflects on the state of the Moroccan oasis, endangered by drought and climate change.In one generation, it has become almost completely dry and sterile," says 37-year-old Ahmidani, who grew up in Rissani and now works as an official in town.The late 20th century brought long periods of drought, leading farmers to flee the area abandoning their earthen houses to dissolve whipped up in sandy winds.Morocco has lost a third of its oases in a century.Twenty kilometers outside Rissani, Hasan Sadok has been working on rehabilitating seven hectares of land for the past 15 years.After the number of date palms dropped nationwide from 15 million a century ago to just 4.8 million, it has now increased back to 6.6 million trees – with a goal of 8 million date palms in 2020 .Rabat will be presenting an action plan to save the world's oases at an international climate conference it is hosting this month.
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