Conserving the marine ecosystem on the coast of Port-aux-Princes, Tunisia, protecting the Posidonia seagrass unique to this region and launching a marine observatory.



Green Compass is dedicated to minimizing the risk of marine and coastal ecosystems declining in the Port-aux-Princes area, in the Takelsa region of Tunisia’s Governorate of Nabeul. These ecosystems, which have economic potential for the local community, include vast prairies of Posidonia seagrass (in the Annex of the IUCN Red List) that are currently in decline following the pressures imposed and the total lack of support for the main local stakeholders (fishermen, farmers and pleasure boaters). Through its marine and coastal observatory project, the association involves all relevant stakeholders in integrated management of the coastal areas, particularly the Takelsa Municipality and APPPPT, fishermen, farmers and pleasure boaters and pupils from local primary schools.
The project launched the region’s first marine and coastal observatory, which aims to educate and inform on the conservation and management of natural local resources. The observatory also provides specialist training and information to fishermen and offers them a meeting venue that has enabled the creation of a representative legal structure.

The Green Compass marine and coastal observatory project in Takelsa is being implemented and financed as part of the TransCap programme coordinated by the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med) and financed by the General Directorate of the Balearic Islands. The TransCap programme aims to consolidate the role of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) amidst the current challenges posed by environmental conservation and sustainable development in Morocco’s and Tunisia’s Mediterranean communities.


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