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18/03/2017 - 07:00hs

Tunisia to get USD 100 mn for environmental handling

The funds will be supplied by the World Bank for the funding of projects involving forests, free-range areas and farming lands in the Northwest and Midwest of the country.

São Paulo – The World Bank announced that it will provide USD 100 million to support environment- and development-oriented initiatives in Tunisia, Abu Dhabi’s Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported this Friday (17). The goal is to improve handling in forests, free range areas, and farmin glands, as well as to create new jobs and raise income levels in the Tunisian Northwest and Midwest.

The World Bank said those two regions are where almost half of the poorest population resides. The bank believes that the integrated handling of forests and grazing lands could increase the value of local production from a current USD 16 million to USD 75 million, creating 25,000 jobs in the process.

The project will support data production, the drafting of laws, technical improvement and personnel training in resource management, as well as the implementation of an agricultural model in line with the goal of warding off climate change, fostering growth through productive alliances, and developing value chains.

“Sustainable and integrated management of landscapes has an important role to play in improving the lives of people in rural regions that have been left behind,” said Eileen Murray, World Bank Country Manager for Tunisia, in a statement. “This would especially benefit women, who make up over half of the rural labor force and up to 80 percent in the North-West and Center-West,” she added.

The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries under the guidance of an inter-ministerial committee and regional councils in each province. Local development councils will be responsible for the process of identifying the subprojects to be funded. The idea is for these local councils to be widely representative of the population, including women and young people in the decision-making process.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum and Sérgio Kakitani

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