Co-Evolve4BG in Tunisia involves stakeholders to identify main barriers to sustainable coast management


Co-Evolve4BG in Tunisia has identified two pilot areas: Djerba and Hergla-Monastir. After organising a workshop in Djerba back in December 2021 involving local stakeholders with a participatory approach to identify the threats and enabling factors that can help improve the sustainable management of the coastal area, a workshop has been organised in the second selected pilot area (Hergla-Monastir) on the 24th and 25th August 2022. 

The National Agency for Environment Protection (ANPE), Tunisia partner of Co-Evolve4BG, organized a workshop and an Info Day at El Mouradi Place Hotel, in Sousse, where the second Tunisian pilot is going to be developed. The coastal zone of this pilot area extends to about 120km length, and its main activities are fishing and industry, however, it is also known for high tourism activity. The zone suffers mainly from erosion due to the shoreline littoralization and pollution related to waste discharge.

The Governor of Sousse, the Chief Cabinet of the Environment Minister in Tunisia, and the General Director of the National Agency for Environment Protection attended the event.

The main objective was to involve stakeholders through a Participatory Approach to identify the main issues that need to be addressed to achieve a sustainable development of Coastal/Maritime tourism in Sousse and Monastir based on the principles of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) - Marine Spatial Planning (MSP).

Many were the successful outcomes of the day, but the most relevant was to establish some threats and opportunities for a more efficient sustainable maritime tourism in Sousse and Monastir, as the climate change, pollution, and other anthropogenic activities affecting ecosystems, water supply, depuration, and accessibility.