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Conservation Agreements Workshop in Tunis

By Juliette CrepinParticipants of conservation agreements</br>workshop in Tunis. Credit: CEMAT

With support from CEPF, Conservation International’s Conservation Stewards Program (CSP) is assessing the potential for conservation agreements to contribute to community-based conservation and socioeconomic development in the Mountains, Plateaus and Wetlands of Algerian Tell and Tunisia corridor.

On June 17th, 2014, CSP conducted a one-day workshop in Tunis on conservation agreements. Through this workshop, CSP team members introduced the conservation agreement model to representatives from nine associations and two university teachers. Participants had the opportunity to work together on exercises to examine the feasibility of implementing conservation agreements in Ichkeul National Park and Haouaria in Tunisia, and Rachgoun Island and East National Park in Algeria.

The workshop included rich discussions on how incentive-based approaches can be used to achieve community conservation and development, and the likely viability of using CSP’s conservation agreement model in the two countries. The workshop also offered organizations the opportunity to express interest in working with CSP to assess, design and implement conservation agreements.  Now the CSP team is working with an association in Algeria to develop more detailed feasibility analyses. This first step will provide a foundation for future implementation of conservation agreement projects in the Mediterranean basin.


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