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Tunisia: Donation from WB to develop ecotourism, preserve desert biodiversity

A $ 4.72-million grant agreement was signed Wednesday, March 6, 2013, by Mr. Riadh BETTAIEB Minister of Investment and International Cooperation and Mrs. Eileen MURRAY Resident Representative of the World Bank in Tunis.

This new donation will help promote the sustainable development of ecotourism in certain disadvantaged areas, and preserve the biodiversity and sustainability of desert wastelands in three national parks in the south, including the parks of Dghoumès (Governorate Tozeur) Jbil (Governorate of Kebili) and the national Park Bouhedma (Governorate of Sidi Bouzid).

The project will support activities that create jobs and generate income related to ecotourism development for communities, including farmers’ associations, women’s organizations, youth organizations and environmental NGOs, and through their participation in the preparation and implementation of management plans for parks and through training programs to enhance skills development.

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