Sea Secretariat will soon complete survey of 4 marine protected areas
14/10/2021 19:26, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The Secretariat General of the Sea Affairs will soon complete the procedures of exploration in four marine protected areas in Tunisia, to accelerate the implementation of management programmes of these areas.

These protected areas are the Kuriat Islands, Galite, Zembra and Khneis Islands, said Asma S'hiri, Secretary-General of Maritime Affairs during its participation in virtual opening to the 7th edition of the Blue Week in Monastir including a training session on the theme "management of protected areas.

She added that the surveys will concern, thereafter, other protected areas.

S'hiri said that after the survey phase, it will have the set of programmes and plans for the management method of these marine protected areas, the most important are the Kuriat Islands in Monastir, especially since this area contains a biological wealth and shows a model experience in the management of a marine reserve, according to a participatory approach between public authorities and civil society.

S'hiri also stressed the importance of this training session which continues until October 18, 2021, in contributing to the development of the Tunisian experience in the protection of marine protected areas.

The protection of marine areas is not an objective but is an important phase in a complementary process, which involves several parties, she said, underlining that it aims to protect biological diversity and natural wealth as well as the development of social and economic activities.

For her part, Director of the association "Our Big Blue" Manel Ben Ismail said that this training is intended for students and managers of marine areas, knowing that 43 people from Tunisia, Morocco and Spain have taken part in this training with the aim of exchanging their experiences

Several Tunisian, Algerian, French and Turkish experts, specialised in the protection of marine areas, will present papers on environmental legislation, the creation of marine areas and their management as well as the socio-economic development of ecological systems.

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