inauguration of the construction sites of five jetties for the mooring of fishing boats in the governorate of Mdenine

NEMO KANTARA project: inauguration of the construction sites of five jetties for the mooring of fishing boats in the governorate of Mdenine

NEMO KANTARA project: inauguration of the construction sites of five jetties for the mooring of fishing boats in the governorate of Medenine and renovation of the Houmt Souk fish market, on May 20 in Djerba.

Basic infrastructure, work safety, quality and hygiene at the service of artisanal fishing communities in southern Tunisia, for the conservation and sustainability of fish stocks

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The inauguration ceremony of the construction sites of five jetties for the mooring of fishing boats in the governorate of Medenine, and the renovation of the Houmt Souk fish market, took place in Djerba on May 20.

This event was organized, within the framework of the NEMO KANTARA project, by the Italian headquarters of CIHEAM (International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies) in collaboration with the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS).

The ceremony, which was held at the Vincci Helios Beach Hotel in Djerba, was attended by Mr. Lorenzo FANARA, Italian Ambassador to Tunisia, Mr. Andrea SENATORI, Director of the Italian Development Cooperation Agency (AICS), Faouzi BEN HAMIDA, Chief Executive Officer of the Ports and Fishing Installations Agency (APIP), Mr. Said BEN ZAYED, Governor of Médenine, Mr. Ammar JEMAI, Commissioner (CRDA) of Médenine, Mr. Chokri ZAIRI, representative of Cooperation at the MARHP, Mr. Hamadi MEJRI, representative of the General Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture (DGPA), Mr. Mrs. Fatma TLILI, representative of the Protection and Development Agency du Littoral (APAL), Mr. Alberto DRAGOTTA and Mr. Stefano CARBONARA of CIHEAM Bari, the representatives of the 5 delegations concerned by the jetties, the Mayor of Houmt Souk and the Mayors of the beneficiary communities, as well as representatives of the partners involved in the project (APAL, APIP, CRDA, Head of District, GIPP, AV AF).

NEMO KANTARA, Stabilization and Socio-economic Development of Tunisian Coastal Regions, is funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI)/Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGCS), through the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS). With a total envelope of 5,000,000.00 euros, over a period of three years, the project will be implemented by CIHEAM Bari, in close collaboration with the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Resources. hydraulics.

In addition to the construction of jetties and the renovation of the fish market, the project aims to strengthen fish producer organizations and institutional actors in Gabès and Médenine, with a view to creating synergies for a sustainable management of natural resources and to improve the competitiveness of fishing operators. Other interventions are planned aimed at improving infrastructure and services, diversifying production activities to provide new opportunities for young people and women, and ensuring integrated and sustainable development, work safety and skills. economic.

Thanks to the jetties, it is in fact possible to guarantee the proximity of the embarkation and disembarkation facilities, which are fundamental not only for the socio-economic development of artisanal fishermen, but also for the enhancement of the fishing industry in terms of quality and hygiene, for the strengthening of the country’s food security and for the preservation of the cultural heritage of the coastal communities.

Thus, the project has identified sites, with road access, located very close to fishing communities and GDAPs.

In order to improve the capacity of artisanal fisheries to offer a product that meets health requirements, the restructuring of the wholesale fish market in Houmet Souk has been included in the work program. Indeed, an initial assessment of market needs has already been carried out with the members of the CTR of Médenine and the experts of the CIHEAM Bari, in agreement with the veterinary services and the municipality of Houmt Souk, the DGPA and the APIP, for the market management in accordance with Tunisian regulations.

The Houmt Souk market represents a fundamental and necessary first step to guarantee the safety and traceability of fishery products for the benefit of consumers.

The initiatives of the Nemo Kantara project are aimed at stakeholders in the fisheries sector (local authorities, schools and training centres, as well as informal groups of fishermen and end consumers) with the aim of improving production methods and sustainable consumption to ensure positive and sustainable economic growth.

More than 250 people have so far participated in training courses, held in Italy and Tunisia, on coastal development, micro-enterprise management, laboratory techniques and business creation.

The realization of the project activities is possible thanks to the collaboration and support of the Italian Cooperation and the efforts of the Tunisian institutional counterparts, despite the constraints imposed globally by the pandemic.

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