Funds allocated currently by the World Bank to Tunisia for the implementation of environmental projects are estimated at about 45 million dollars, granted as donations through the World Environment fund.
The projects carried out as part of this cooperation relate to energy saving, development of biomass, waste management, cleaning, reuse of treated water, sea ecosystem preservation in the Gulf of Gabes and promotion of ecological and Saharan tourism.
These projects were the focus of talks held here on Thursday by Salem Hamdi, Secretary of State in charge of environment and Mrs. Hoonae Kim, Head of MENA department at the World Bank, in charge of farming, environment and agricultural development.
Hamdi said that Tunisia wanted to promote, through these projects financed by the World Bank, jobs opportunities for all social classes and especially in inland areas.
Mrs. Hoonae expressed in turn readiness to start consultations with Tunisian officials to identify and finance, within the end of the year 2015, new projects in Tunisia as part of donations.
Among these potential projects discussed on the occasion are the fight against desertification in Southern areas, the prevention of natural disasters (floods, drought…), as well as the fight against industrial pollution.