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Documentary Festival Calls on Tunisians to Protect Environment

Documentary Festival Calls on Tunisians to Protect Environment

| 03 April 2014 | 0 Comments

Under the motto “For a Green Tunisia,” a documentary film festival starting Thursday will bring an environmental message to screens around Tunis. The theme of the 2014 Doc a Tunis festival is that the environment is society’s shared responsibility, Ness el Fen, a cultural association organizing the festival, said in a press release. “No one [...]

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Whale Brought Ashore at Popular Tourist Spot

Whale Brought Ashore at Popular Tourist Spot

| 10 March 2014 | 1 Comment

Asma Smadhi and Safa Ben Said contributed reporting. Onlookers in the popular tourist spot of Sidi Bou Said, near Tunis, were shocked on Sunday to see a nearly 13 meter whale being dragged ashore. Fisherman Mohamed Abdel Mounem Belhassen told Tunisia Live that a 12.8 meter, nine ton whale was caught in his nets close [...]

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‘Pioneering’ Environment Article in Tunisia’s Constitution

‘Pioneering’ Environment Article in Tunisia’s Constitution

Environmental law experts have praised Tunisia’s new constitution for what they say is one of the most progressive references to climate protection in history. With the passage of the new constitution in January, Tunisia joins efforts in Ecuador (2008) and the Dominican Republic (2011) to mention climate change in the constitution. Carl Bruch, an American [...]

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Gabes Activists Condemn Chemical Company’s Impact on Environment

Gabes Activists Condemn Chemical Company’s Impact on Environment

| 11 June 2013 | 0 Comments

A major Tunisian chemical company is being criticized for polluting the industrial city of Gabes, despite a number of environmental clean-up projects that the company has been funding over the past five years. The Tunisian Chemical Group (GCT) has spent 313 million dinars (193 million $US) on 16 environmental projects since 2008, Fethi Nbili, an [...]

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Shell Responds to Concerns Over Shale Gas Extraction in Tunisia

Shell Responds to Concerns Over Shale Gas Extraction in Tunisia

| 23 November 2012 | 10 Comments

International energy firm Shell has responded to two articles that were published on November 7 by online Tunisian media Tunivisions and Tunisia Live and shed light on grassroots opposition to a proposal for shale gas drilling. “Shell supports the rights of Tunisians to engage in discussions about onshore gas development,” read the statement. “Further, we [...]

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Pests Found in Djerbian Water Supply

Pests Found in Djerbian Water Supply

| 10 September 2012 | 0 Comments

Residents in the Southern areas of Midoun, and Sdouiksh were aghast on this weekend when they discovered unwelcome guests in their water. According to Abdel Monim a technical assistant at the National Water Supply and Distribution Company (SONEDE), residents discovered worms and tadpoles in buckets that were being filled from the city’s water supply. Although [...]

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US Peace Corps Veterans Debate Return of Program to Tunisia

US Peace Corps Veterans Debate Return of Program to Tunisia

| 27 March 2012 | 4 Comments

On March 26, 2012, American Peace Corps veterans reunited at the Tahar Haddad Cultural Center in Tunis. The discussion provided the opportunity for Tunisians to ask questions about the role of the Corps and its upcoming return to Tunisia after a 16-year hiatus. The Peace Corps was created in 1960 by US President John F. [...]

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Tunisians Don Gloves to Change Minds in Annual Clean-up Day

Tunisians Don Gloves to Change Minds in Annual Clean-up Day

| 25 March 2012 | 6 Comments

Hundreds of people took to the streets and beaches this Sunday March 25th, to participate in a grass-roots environmental initiative called Let’s Do It Tunisie! Teams of volunteers from Bizerte to Tatouine joined municipal council workers to remove rubbish, plant trees and regenerate public spaces. In Greater Tunis, initiatives were organized in a number of [...]

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Let’s Do It Tunisia! Cleans Up Local Communities

Let’s Do It Tunisia! Cleans Up Local Communities

| 17 March 2012 | 3 Comments

Next Sunday, March 25th, thousands of Tunisians are expected to take to the streets, parks, beaches and fields throughout the country to clean up rubbish for Let’s Do It Tunisia! The event brings together a number of environmental associations in Tunisia, including Tunisie Propre (Clean Tunisia), as well as Club Environment and Sfax Elmezyena (Sfax [...]

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Economic Morass Continues to Plague Tunisia’s Gafsa Mining Basin

Economic Morass Continues to Plague Tunisia’s Gafsa Mining Basin

| 11 February 2012 | 0 Comments

This week, unrest flared up in the Gafsa governate located in southwestern Tunisia after Anouar Ben Gaddour, adjunct secretary-general of the UGTT (Tunisian General Labor Union), announced the postponement of a negotiation session between the Minister of Social Affairs Khalil Zaouia, the Minister of Industry Bechir Zaafouri and the CEO of the Gafsa Phosphate Company [...]

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