Ministry of Environment, IUCN sign agreement on biodiversity and climate change
24/06/2019 20:44, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - A cooperation agreement was signed Monday by the Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), focusing on biodiversity and climate change and providing for the implementation of projects in combating desertification and fight against climate change, Director General of the Environment and Quality of Life at the ministry Hedi Chebili told TAP.

The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the Regional Forum of Conservation in North Africa, whose work began Monday in Monastir, with the participation of nearly 90 people, representing environmental associations, members of to IUCN and from Algeria, Morocco, Libya, and Egypt, in addition to Tunisian participants.

The event, which runs until 26 June, has also welcomed environmental activists from Jordan, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, England, France and Spain.

Minister of Local Affairs and the Environment Mokhtar Hammami called in an address read out on his behalf, by Chebili, to consider establishing a regional commission for IUCN members and to combine the efforts of all stakeholders to meet future challenges, particularly in the area of green economy and to address common issues, such as the red weevil.

For his part, the IUCN Director, Programme Co-ordinator Mediterranean Office Antonio Troya, said the forum is also an opportunity for civil society to make its voice heard and to share expertise, data and experiences.

"This meeting, like the rest of the regional forums, will also define the agenda of the IUCN World Conservation Congress that will take place in Marseille in 2020," he said, noting that this agenda, which will cover a period of four years (2021-2024), will include, among other things, membership of IUCN's Green Lists.


"We are working to ensure that Tunisia is on these lists, which is likely to promote Tunisian protected areas worldwide," said president of the Association Notre Grand Bleu, Ahmed Souki, adding that joining these lists will facilitate access to financial support for environmental protection.

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