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Huddling against a hillside in northern Morocco is a tourist town famed for the striking blue of its buildings, and now the mayor is mixing in another color – green.Mohammad Sefiani, mayor of the town of some 45,000 residents says Chefchaouen began to go green more than seven years ago.A newly inaugurated municipal swimming pool equipped with solar energy is near an "ecology center" built from recycled containers where the town's green projects, funded mainly by the European Union and backed by NGOs, are highlighted.The info-energy center's Houda Hadji explains the basics of eco-construction, energy efficiency and the benefits of energy-saving lightbulbs, among other green topics.Chefchaouen is one of 12 southern Mediterranean locations to benefit from a European program that has granted it around 10 million dirhams ($1 million) and declared the town "a model and initiator of change in sustainable energy management".It regularly trumpets its proactive strategy in terms of green energy, instigated by King Mohammed VI.Despite pushing its green credentials, Morocco still has many environmental hurdles to clear.
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