Tunisian Association for the Protection of Nature and the Environment, Korba
Funding support: FDF CEPF
Number of staff: 3
Number of visitors per year: 100
Overall aims of the centre
Environmental education at the Korba lagoon
Description of the centre
The lagoon is 12km long and covers around 450ha, of which half is submerged. It is a sensitive natural site and very vulnerable due to anthropomorphic pressures from the neighbouring urban area. It was designated a Ramsar site in 2007 and IBA in 1998. The Korba lagoon attracts diverse and numerous water birds (around 60 species of water). In effect, this wetland acts as a wintering, nesting and migratory stopover site.
In terms of flora, the site is important for many rare species such as the cabbage palm. Numerous mammals, reptiles and rodents are also present.
In 2014, thanks to the monitoring programme set up as part of the AAO-CEPF ecotourism project, the first successful nesting of greater flamingos took place in the north of Tunisaia. After this, ATPNE Korba, in partnership with the Friends of the Birds Association, ringed 45 flamingo chicks. All of these characteristics make the side an excellent place for environment education.
The site is located in the North of Tunisia (Cap Bon). For a full list of species, please click here.
Main CEPA work areas
Primary school environment clubs exist in order to raise awareness of young people of the importance and biodiversity of the lagoon. Public awareness-raising days are held for both young people and adults. Field trips. Ornithology club.
Top three successes
Practically all the projects, particularly the site visits.
Top three challenges
Engaging local administrations in waste management projects and discharge of waste water.
Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Developing nature trails
Managing / creating habitat
Working with disabled people; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers
Education and communication
Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns
PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Fund-raising; Project planning.