This document, published by Ifremer in February 2009, shows an overview of articles coming out of the Total sponsored geological research project in Western Sahara.
Ifremer is a geological institution in France, while Total used to have an oil reconnaissance agreement offshore Western Sahara.
The document again shows how Ifremer labels the study area "Moroccan Atlantic Margin".
One of the articles mentioned in the short report, from 26 May 2004, appears to have been made exclusively for the oil company: "Rapport Confidentiel - Total-Ifremer, Etude de la marge continentale sud-marocaine (zone Dakhla) par sismique réflexion multitraces et sismique réfraction, Groupe de projet".
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 five 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.