As part of SEACAP development activities with the Clima-Med project team, a new series of workshops was held for Tunisian municipalities representatives to assist them in identifying potential climate actions

Several online work meetings happened over the month of July, their aim was to develop adaptation and mitigation project ideas as part of the partnership between Tunisian partner municipalities and the Clima-Med project.

The first online meeting was held on July 10, 2020 with representatives of the Sisseb Dhriaat municipality. The meeting brought Mr. Nasrallah Salem, Mayor of Sisseb Dhriaat together with the Clima-Med Maghreb project team. Taking into account the municipality’s priorities, the ideas for actions that emerged were both manifold and interesting. Here are some of these ideas: developing a system for liquid waste treatment and reclamation to preserve water resources; rationalizing groundwater pumping; and implementing a solar-powered pumping system for the groundwater.

It was followed the same day by another workshop with the municipality of Hammam Sousse. Mr. Abderrazak Mani, adviser and president of the cleaning, health and environmental division for the Hammam Sousse municipality. He was joined by Mr. Fehmi Ben Saad from the technical department and head of the urban planning department, as well as Mr. Tarek Ben Amor of the environment division and Mr. Skander of the public lighting dept. all took part in the workshop held online on July 10, 2020, to assist the municipality in coming up with potential adaptation and mitigation actions as part of its SEACAP. A total of 21 ideas for action were discussed during this workshop between the representatives of the municipality and the Clima-Med Maghreb project team. The ideas for action that emerged tackle various themes such as public lighting, water and waste management and raising public awareness on the topic of climate change.

On July 13, 2020, a work meeting was held with the Monastir municipality to discuss ideas for adaptation and mitigation projects in the presence of Mrs. Wafa Ghandouz, Deputy Director of public works and Mr. Mahmoud, Director of the municipal park and the cleaning division. As a result, a preliminary list of 11 climate actions was discussed with the Clima-Med Maghreb project team, among which: creating a composting unit for organic waste, generalizing rainwater collection and developing an urban mobility plan (UMP).

On the same day, the municipality of Rades took part in another workshop organized by the Clima-Med project, with the aim of reflecting on ideas for adaptation and mitigation projects as part of the preparation of the municipality’s SEACAP. Rades municipality was represented at this meeting by: Mr. Youssef Ben Mahdi, city technician, Mr. Fethi Hajer, general secretary and Ms. Maysoun, technical director. The discussion with the Clima-Med project team allowed new ideas for climate actions to emerge, such as developing rainwater collection, solar lighting to ease the revitalization of the Rades forest and its reforestation; installing photovoltaic panels to power the municipality’s public lighting and buildings, as well as other climate actions in line with the municipalitie’s priorities.

The series of online meetings continued on July 14, 2020, with the municipality of Bizerte benefiting from key assistance in preparing their SEACAP with the Clima-Med project team. The workshop brought together Mrs. Sonia Daoudi, head of the research department, Mr. Salem Hannachi (energy dept.), Mrs. Yosr Sfaxi, hydrometrology engineer and head of the communication and evaluation commission, Mrs. Asma Hatab, engineer in charge of calls for projects and Mr. Lotfi Bousbih, director of the cleaning division, as well as the Clima-Med Maghreb project team. Taking into account the municipality of Bizerte’s own priorities, the mitigation actions options developed during the workshop focused on solid and liquid waste treatment solutions. With regard to climate adaptation strategies, the project team, together with the Bizerte municipality representatives, put forward ideas for projects to fight against flooding and measures to monitor and prevent climate risks.

In view of the rather particular conditions due to the climate’s aridity, and since Medenine municipality is very interested in developing mitigation and adaptation projects, its president, Mr. Moncef Ben Yamna was keen to take part personally to the online workshop organized by the Clima-Med project team on July 17, 2020, to come up with ideas for climate actions to be developed as part of the SEACAP being prepared. Other representatives of the Medenine municipality also participated in the meeting, namely Mr. Mabrouk Sakri, architect at the municipality, Mrs. Haycha Moujahed and Mr. Abdelhamid Korchid, both elected municipal officials. With the guidance and supervision of the Clima-Med Maghreb project team, the municipal team suggested several project ideas including selective sorting and solid waste reclamation; an awareness program on energy efficiency and renewable energies; but also developing and building a city park using treated water to water the plants.

As for the Kairouan municipality the Clima-Med Maghreb project team prepared a dedicated workshop on July 17, 2020, with the aim of identifying ideas for adaptation and mitigation actions. In the presence of the president of Kairouan municipality, Mr. Radouan Bouden, as well as the financial director, Mr. Amara Sahbi, a preliminary list of more than 10 climate actions was discussed with the Clima-Med Maghreb project team.

Among the ideas for action listed were: the creation of green spaces; a system to protect the wadi riverbeds; recovery of rainwater; sorting, composting and recycling of solid waste.

Lastly, two teams from the municipalities of Nabeul and Maamoura met at the townhall of Maamoura to attend the meeting held online on July 24, 2020 that was set up by the Clima-Med Maghreb project team, in the presence of the presidents of the two municipalities: Mrs. Basma Maatoug (Nabeul) and Mrs. Abir El Fen, Mrs. Hajer Bejaoui, architect and director of development for the Nabeul, municipality, Mr. Daoud, President of the Ecotourism and Environment Association, Mr. Jamil Rafrafi and Mr. Mohamed El Fahem, members of the “Club de Nabeul” Association. With the assistance of the project team, both municipalities discussed ideas focusing on adaptation and mitigation actions, with the ultimate goal of developing them further into proper “action fiches” to be included in the SEACAP under preparation. Having more or less similar problems and priorities, the two municipalities detailed some ideas for joint actions which could be grouped together for joint financing, namely: actions to protect the two towns against flooding risks; a project for building a green belt around both towns: action to preserve the plant cover (forests and agriculture); one action to develop inter-municipal projects with industry sector leaders, as well as other actions specific to each municipality.

photo by Anastasia Palagutina