Posted by: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

The process of developing the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) for climate change was officially launched Thursday in Tunis for a total cost of $ 3 million (8.29 million dinars) financed by the Green Fund .

The aim is to reducing the vulnerability of countries to these changes, strengthening the capacity of adaptation of agricultural activity and guaranteeing food security, protection of the coastline and water resources, health and infrastructure,

This is the kick-off of the preparation of the second axis of the plan for food security and adaptation to the agricultural sector to be led by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), in co-ordination with the Ministries of Agriculture, Local Affairs and the Environment for $ 1 million ($ 2.77 million).

Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries Minister Samir Taïeb said agriculture is among the most vulnerable sectors affected by climate change, especially as the country is one of the most vulnerable to climate change.

He noted that the main threats concern the scarcity of water, soil erosion and the country’s animal wealth.

He underlined the willingness of all the international institutions concerned with the climate change issue to help Tunisia expressing the commitment of the Tunisian authorities to apply what is in the interest of agriculture and the country.

For his part, Michael George Hage, Coordinator of the FAO Sub-Regional Office for North Africa said the objectives of the NAP are mainly to reduce the vulnerability of the agricultural sector to climate change through strengthening the capacity for its adaptation and integration into development strategies.

FAO’s programme of action in the last three years has focused on the sustainable use of natural resources, including water resources, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and participation in climate change, preparation of the third national report on climate change and the preparation of two investment projects in the most vulnerable and climate-affected regions.

Co-operation between Tunisia and FAO will be consolidated through new projects, updating the agricultural map and improving the quality of its services for better exploitation of natural resources, particularly water.

In addition to the focus on food security and the adaptation of agricultural activity, the NPA includes two other axes, the first of which focuses on the inclusion of climate issues in urban planning and development at inter-regional level, regional and national.

As for the second axis, it involves the development and implementation of a national strategy for integrating related issues into Tunisia’s economic and social development policy.