A solid and wide network of collaborations, that connects fishermen, local administrations and associations from Tunisia, Italy and France.
This is the result of the meetings organized between Tunis, El Haouaria and Tabarka, in the period from 10th to 12th June, and that involved all the partners of the ENSAMBLE project, co-funded by EASME european agency with FEAMP funds, and the representatives of Corsican, Tuscan and North African entities.
An extremely full agenda, starting from the meeting on Monday 10th, in Tunis, organized by the promoters of the project – FLAG Costa degli Etruschi, Cooperativa San Leopoldo, Legambiente Toscana, WWF North Africa and Petra Patrimonia – to discuss activities and progress made during these months, share the results and agree on the objectives to be pursued in the short and medium term.
In the following days the works moved to the cities of El Haouaria and Tabarka, where the partner’s delegation took part in two meetings, addressed to the various stakeholders of the territory and aimed at exchanging good practices in the field of fishing, diversification and environmental sustainability.
The two initiatives – organized in collaboration with the Municipal Administrations – were attended by more than 80 people belonging to various categories of users, including representatives of the Ministry and Institutions, Public Bodies, fishermen’s cooperatives, associations and free citizens, who had space and way to tell the difficulties and the potentialities of the territory connected to the fish sector, discussing them with the sector operators and laying the foundations for the participatory process that the ENSAMBLE project aims to pursue.
Some of the speeches that characterized the two mornings – in addition to the contribution of the partners and the two Mayors – those of Pier Luigi Piro (President of the Fishermen Cooperative of Orbetello), Antoine Duval (Chief of the fishermen of Propriano), Yannick Leger (Centre of the Territorial and Rural Balance of the Sartenais-Valinco-Taravo Valley), Daniele Conti (San Leopoldo Cooperative), Kamel Ellefi (DEVLOK-project coordinator). During the meetings, the video-interview with Giovanni Maria Guarnieri, responsible of the “professional sea fishing, aquaculture, mariculture” sector of the Tuscany Region, was also projected.
To complete the trip, the visits to the port of El Haouaria and the Genoese Fort of Tabarka: two significant structures for the Tunisian coast, with a great commercial and tourist value.
The next twinning meeting is scheduled between September and October, and will see the delegations reunited in Tuscany and Corsica. Meanwhile, the participatory process started in Tunisia will be carried out by the WWF North Africa.