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C·A·Perspectives on Tunisia No. 01-2020

06.05.2020 · C·A·P

In his newly published policy paper, Hamdi Hached, Environmental Engineer and Climate Change Consultant, presents a scientific approach how politics and the public in Tunisia should try to prevent economic and social damage from natural disasters resulting from climate change.

Tunisia, located in North Africa bordered by two western and eastern Mediterranean basins with multiple bioclimatic zones, is in various ways vulnerable to the destructive consequences of climate change: Not only does the rise of temperature lead to increased desertification and dropping agricultural productivity, followed by urbanization and its critical socio-economic consequences. Heavy rainfalls and flooding, as occurred more often in recent years, are major risks for humans and society. Moreover, in 2018 alone, Tunisia suffered losses of 150 million Euros or 3% of annual deterioration in its GDP caused by natural disasters. As a result, according to Hamdi Hached, it is very urgent to consider a rigorous plan of action, outlined in this policy paper, together with further recommendations for state authorities, policy makers and stakeholders, for the management of natural disasters in order to face and limit the socio-economic damage which could hit Tunisia during the next years.

Natural Disasters and Climate Change. How to manage an efficient action plan to prevent economic and social damage
C·A·Perspectives on Tunisia No. 01-2020 by Hamdi Hached

To underline his argument that Tunisia and people in the whole region should pay greater respect to the fact of climate change and its threatening consequences, and undertake preventive measures, Hamdi Hached produced a documentary titled

#Be prepared – Documentary on climate change and its consequences for Tunisia and beyond

online on Youtube: https://youtu.be/bGoelVGErnI

The paper and the documentary are part of the Policy Advice and Strategy Development, supported by the Government of the Free State of Bavaria as part of the Bavarian-Tunisian Action Plan 2016-2012.

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