The United Nations Development Organization (UNIDO) launched a project to apply more resource-efficient and circular production practices in the aquaculture value chain in Tunisia during an online event.
The project will be implemented under the SwitchMed Blue Economy component, which aims to ensure that economic activities in marine areas do not negatively impact ecosystems and livelihoods, while supporting associated economic sectors, such as aquaculture, to maintain and increase their value over time, in line with the 2030 National Strategy for Sustainable Aquaculture Development.
The event provided an opportunity to consult with representatives of the Tunisian government, the European Union delegation and 25 companies from the Tunisian aquaculture industry on the project’s roadmap.
The first phase of the project scheduled for 2021will be marked by a value chain analysis of the Tunisian aquaculture industry in order to identify areas of improvement, such as opportunities for by-product valorization, the potential for the application of eco-innovative SMART technologies and industrial synergies in the aquaculture sector.
The SwitchMed Sustainable Consumption and Production program aims to promote the transition of Mediterranean economies to sustainable consumption and production patterns and the green economy, including low-emission development, through the demonstration and dissemination of methods that improve resource and energy efficiency.
It also seeks to minimize the environmental impacts associated with the life cycle of products and services and, where possible, to promote renewable energy.