Tunisia’s lagoon farms and hanging gardens recognized as world heritage sites

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Tunisia’s traditional Ramli agricultural systems in the lagoons of Ghar El Melh (above) and its hanging gardens from Djebba El Olia, have been recognized as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS), a designation managed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Unique not only in Tunisia but in the whole world, these gardens were created in the 17th century by the Andalusian diaspora to cope with the lack of cultivable land and fresh water.

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Tunisia’s eco-conscious start-up: Exploralis

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His vision and objective is to attract a “normal” citizen to review and experience social, environmental and cultural issues in Tunisia. This recipe is the secret to Exploralis- a levitating initiative, which was baptized this month in its first adventure, a kayak crossing Tunisia’s biggest river: Medjerda. Exploralis’s aim is to create a documentary and scientific research behind every “adventure” as way to sensitize Tunisia on its socio-environmental assets (see trailer).

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Tunisia’s handmade tiles risk disappearing forever

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The history of handmade tiles in Tunisia is fascinating. Green Prophet digs deep between the tiles of a rundown factory in Roman Neapolis, Nabeul, a historic tile making center in Tunisia, to discover what fragments remain of this disappearing art. In 1609, the final expulsion of Muslims from Spain, which saw more than 80,000 refugees settle in Tunisia, brought with it Andalusian tile making techniques which were readily adopted by Tunisian tile makers.

Trash selfies to shame Tunisia’s government

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Social media has again proved to be a powerful tool in Tunisia , where a group of people started a Facebook page that turns the ubiquitous ‘selfie’ into an opportunity to express disgust with the country’s stinking trash problem. Related: Another day in Tunisia chasing balls through trash. Tunisia is making moves to address the trash problem, which is no easy feat. In the MENA region, the trash problem is by no means limited to Tunisia.

Shale gas and fracking lies exposed in Tunisia by local bloggers

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The fight against shale gas extraction through hydraulic fracturing continues in Tunisia where governments are lying and the water weary warn of disasters ahead. . Meanwhile government authorities and company representatives have become increasingly elusive about what the future for shale extraction is in Tunisia. Tunisia already suffers from issues of water scarcity – how can we even begin to think that shale extraction is sustainable for Tunisia?

Sand and Salt Siege film to highlight Tunisia’s eco struggles

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A Siege of Salt and Sand, a new documentary film about Tunisia, promises to be an important motivator in redefining the current political agenda towards adapting to climate change and mitigating environmental issues in Tunisia. One of these regions is Tunisia. Although the discourse around climate change in Tunisia has been developing, its inclusion in the political agenda is limited, if non-existent. Cities film Tunisia

Tunisia Announces 4th Desertec Deal: 2 GW of Solar!

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Now the fourth Desertec project, by far the largest-ever solar plant in the world – for 2,000 MW of solar power – is to be built in Tunisia. worldwide at 354 MW, and over four times larger than the biggest power plant of any type in Tunisia, a 471 MW gas power plant. Like the other desert nations who will be part of the Desertec project, Tunisia has three times the solar insolation of Europe. Wow, the Desertec vision is barreling into realization!

Star Wars in Matmata, Tunisia Promotes Desert Tourism for the Berbers

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Tunisia’s landscape and subterranean dwellings have made it ideal for filming Star Wars. Later films were shot in Tunisia and some fans have even gone so far as to restore characters’ homes, like Luke Skywalker’s house pictured below. Tunisia, Egypt and more North African countries, are facing serious political upheavals and desertification. Matmata caves in Tunisia in the region of the troglodyte communities. .

Tunisia’s Mohammad Ali Is Transgender Against Muslim’s Societal Odds

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One not-small step for this man; and a giant leap for Tunisia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Ground Zero for the Arab Spring, Tunisia may be trailblazing other human rights as well. Same-sex sexual activity is illegal in mostly-Muslim Tunisia, and can result in imprisonment up to three years. Although Tunisia has no organized LGBT rights movement, two years ago online Gayday Magazine was launched. Lifestyle Tunisia

Mysterious mass fish die-off in Tunisia sparks world-ending debate (video)

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Cities Djerba fish Tunis Tunisia Earlier this month several Tunisians in Hammamet, Sphax and Mahdia woke up to their beaches infested with dead fish and jelly fish, a beached whale in Tunis, off the coast of Sidi Bou Saïd was also carried to shore. This event has generated an important debate, which confirms the need for investigative science and how little of that there is.

Tunisia’s environmental progress slides back 25 years

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Tunisia was the first Arab country to talk about environment policy. Green Prophet attends a local conference on water and pollution and stunningly sees how there is no framework for Tunisia to make environmental change and progress. The reason is that Tunisia is far from realistically being able to implement advanced solutions to its environmental issues before reconstructing its basic environmental codes of conduct, which have degraded to pre-1990’s levels.

Catch up With Green Prophet in Tunisia

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Green Prophet will be scouting out stories in Tunisia so give us a shout if you want your project featured on our site. Heads up to our green-minded readers in Tunisia: Green Prophet is coming into town and we want to meet you! In the meantime, take a quick look at The Bedouins – a wonderful group of creative young people who are transforming Tunisia one tagged wall at a time, and this awesome eco-lodge that we reviewed in the days before Jasmine.

An Independent Tunisia at Night (PHOTOS)

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Looks like I won’t have trouble getting around Tunisia as even at night, the metro seemed to run very regularly. That is the obelisk clock tower in downtown Tunis, the site of numerous demonstrations during the revolution and the site of the Place 14 Janvier 2011 – the day that former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country and a (relatively) new Tunisia was born.

150 graffiti artists create a giant open air gallery in Tunisia

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More than 100 graffiti artists were invited to Tunisia as part of the Djerbahood project – an inventive rehabilitation initiative that uses street art to turn a dusty villageinto an inspiring open air gallery. We have watched with great interest as Tunisia’s graffiti culture has grown since post-Jasmine revolution. And while the political landscape in Tunisia remains tenuous, graffiti artists appear to have significant freedom and support to share their work.

5 Things Wikipedia Won’t Tell You About Tunisia

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Tafline’s reporting trip to Tunisia has evolved into a personal odyssey that has revealed a side of the country Wikipedia can’t convey. I’ve been in Tunisia since Tuesday afternoon and almost every day has been fraught with challenges. Although I came to Tunisia to learn about the country’s green initiatives, so far my personal odyssey has revealed aspects of life in this country that Wikipedia will never convey. Not so in Tunisia.

5 Stories That Point to a Freer, Greener Tunisia

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We have collected five inspiring stories that point to the possibility of a freer, greener Tunisia . Known now as the Arab Spring, this powerful movement was sparked by the self-immolation of a college-educated fruit vendor in Tunisia who was fed up with corruption and dismal living conditions. Tunisia Announces 4th Desertec Deal and 2 GW of Solar! Tunisia Among World’s Top 50 Tourism Destinations.

Tunisia’s Tallest Minaret Sprayed With el Seed Calligraffiti

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Jara Mosque in Gabes boasts the tallest minaret in all of Tunisia and now it is covered in el Seed’s signature calligraffiti. We’ve featured his work previously but this latest project in Tunisia’s southern industrial city Gabes is definitely one of his most exciting.

Mysterious, possibly radioactive lake appears out of the blue in Tunisia!

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Tunisia offers other-worldly landscapes, fantastical and mysterious. Tunisia had a starring role as the planet Tatooine). This lake is located in an area rich in phosphate deposits , which leave residue that is sometimes strongly radioactive,” Souid wrote in Tunisia Daily, “In the first few days, the water was a crystal clear, turquoise blue. READ Green Prophet reports on deaths due to phosphate mining in Tunisia.

Another Day in Tunisia: Chasing Balls Through Trash (PHOTOS)

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A boy chases a ball into one of Tunisia’s 400 unofficial dumps. After the hustle and bustle of Tunisia’s capital medina dies down, the kids come out to play – in the trash! Compared to Egypt, Tunisia has a 5 star waste management system, but lags when compared to European cities.

A Culture Shock Hangover in Tunisia’s Second City

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After a rough time in Tunis, Tafline pushed past a culture shock hangover to appreciate Tunisia’s second largest city. When the bus stopped at the station in Sfax, 170 miles from Tunisia’s capital city , I seriously considered getting back on and heading as far south – away from civilization – as I could get. More Travel News from Tunisia: An Independent Tunisia at Night (PHOTOS). 5 Things Wikipedia Won’t Tell You About Tunisia.

Tunisia’s phosphate town is dying over our addiction to phosphorus

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Today Redeyef, Tunisia, is quite a scene: it’s a decrepit French colonial houses are surrounded by mountains of black phosphate sand, radioactive water lakes and its inhabitants, the vast majority unemployed, walk around with yellowish brown toothy smiles. The region of Gafsa in Tunisia is found in one of the largest phosphate basins in the world where Compagnie des phosphates de Gafsa (CPG), the fifth largest phosphate producer in the world, produces 8 million tons per year.

Star Wars Fans Lovingly Restore Luke Skywalker’s Homestead in Tunisia

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In 2010 Mark Dermul from Belgium led a tour of the remaining Star Wars relics scattered throughout Tunisia’s desert. Thus began an epic journey to restore this small rounded hut ( reminiscent of Tunisia’s troglodytes ) to its former glory. After his last visit, Dermul appealed to Star Wars fans on Facebook to help him restore the hut in Tunisia.

Death Valley peaks hot – the highest since ’31 at 130F

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Tunisia and Kuwait are in the top 3 hot spots. The next highest temperature for the world was then set in Kebili, Tunisia, in July in 1931 reaching 55C (131F). Cities Climate Change desert Kuwait TunisiaDeath Valley, USA. It’s looking pretty hot out there.

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Breast milk reveals how many banned pesticides plague Tunisians

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Rachel Carson would be shocked: A recent study has found that the concentrations of banned chemicals like PCBs, DDT and organochlorines found in human breast milk of women sampled throughout Tunisia indicate widespread and elevated contamination particularly in older members of rural populations with high dairy and meat intake. Organochlorines widely used as insecticides in Tunisia. Before Tunisia can start talking about bio, it needs to talk about POP.

Why donkeys should be the new garbage truck

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Now simple calculations made by this Green Prophet shows that Tunisia, and many other countries in the MENA region, could spend at least three times as less than they do for collecting municipal solid waste by donkey. Tunisia’s rubbish problem is an embarrassing affair for many nationals, in particular tourist guides, who reminisce of a cleaner Tunisia. Tunisia’s trash is a universal problem , that touches the most rural of areas and the most desolate of villages.

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Ten months, 7000 miles of earth, a bike, and a Tunisian passport

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F rustrated and suffocated, he decided to leave Tunisia for the first time and crossed the Sahara desert in a personal quest to gain a better perspective on life. The desert did just that, Arafet began to see the changes that needed to happen in him and for Tunisia, and soon enough, f ollowing the 2011 Jasmine Revolution, a second trip was planned- this time on a bike and with an environmental goal. Travel cycling Tunisia

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The Bedouins Convert Ill-Begotten Tunisian Mansion into a Skate Park

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When Nathan Gray and his posse of skateboarders and street artists collectively known as “The Bedouins” were scouting out the perfect place to build a skate park in post-revolutionary Tunisia, some of the locals suggested they inhabit Imed Trabelsi’s abandoned mansion. It is also an important location for PUSH Tunisia – a documentary scheduled to make its official debut later this year. images taken from PUSH Tunisia’s Facebook page.

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Tunisian Water Distributor Puts People Ahead of Commerce Amid Shortages

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A sweltering heat wave has swept through Tunisia, disrupting both electrical and water supplies just days before Ramadan begins. The National Institute of Meteorology reports that an unprecedented rise in atmospheric pressure from the great desert is responsible for the heat wave that has caused such havoc in Tunisia, according to Tunisia-Live. In Gabes, people are more important than chemicals. :: Tunisia Live. Image credit: Blue water pots in Tunisia , Shutterstock.

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Driba Atelier in Tunis – the bliss of unpretentious anarchic creativism

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RELATED: Tunisia’s environmental progress slides back 25 years ). Address: 72 bis, rue Sidi Frej Ennouairi, 2036 Soukra, Tunisia Tel: 71759363 Fax: 71759179 E-mail: atelierdriba.ad93@gnet.tn. Cities artisanal crafts Tunis Tunisia The Driba Atelier (or L’atelier Driba) in Tunis is one of those unique places that emanate a natural and humble love for creativity.

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Seeing Green Mirages, a Film Review

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Sustainable development in Demmer, Tunisia could be lost forever shows this new documentary film. Demmer, Tunisia’s version of Egypt’s Fayoum Oasis, is the home town of social geography researcher Professor Habib. Compared to the rest of Tunisia , you can call this area undeveloped. Lifestyle & Culture Travel & Nature Climate Change Drought Egypt film review Tunisia water

4 Desertec Deals That Make Our Energy Future More Secure

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Tunisia Announces 4th Desertec Deal and 2 GW of Solar! The 4th Desertec deal is also the most ambitious: Tunisia has recently announced that it will build the largest-ever solar plant in the world – for 2,000 MW of solar power. This project is six times the size of the largest solar CSP project ever built and over four times larger than the biggest power plant of any type in Tunisia, a 471 MW gas power plant.

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Mediterranean Surveillance Crew Eyes Oil Spills from the Sky

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14 countries sent representatives to the meeting to discuss Blue Plan’s Regional Governance and Knowledge Generation Project (ReGoKo Project), including Israel, Lebanon , Turkey, Palestine, Morocco and Tunisia, signaling a genuine interest in cleaning up the sea. Business Egypt Israel Lebanon Mediterranean Sea Morocco oil spills OSCAR MED Palestinian Territory pollution REMPEC Tunisia Turkey UNEP

Travellers want trains – but what is the Middle East doing about it?

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Olive Prices Hit Hard – Explained

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However, Middle Eastern Farmers in Tunisia, Morocco, Syria, Libya, Israel and Palestine will also be severely affected. Other countries such as Tunisia, the largest Middle Eastern olive oil producer which exports 18.5% Food & Health Algeria Europe Israel Lebanon Olive oil Palestine Syria TunisiaMiddle Eastern olive oil producers are baring the brunt of falling oil prices.

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Tel Aviv and Beirut Are Most Expensive City for Expatriates

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In any case, if you are looking to work in the Middle East, North Africa region Tunisia (ranks at 209) remains the least expensive city in the region! Architecture & Urban Abu Dhabi Bahrain Beirut Dubai green economics Gulf Israel Lebanon MENA sustainable cities Tel Aviv TunisiaBeirut overtakes Abu Dhabi and Dubai, becoming the most expensive city for expatriates in the Middle East region, after Tel Aviv.

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Tourists Not Terrorists: The Middle East Can Capitalize on World Eco-Travel Trends

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The three winners from the Middle East/MENA region are Tunisia, Bahrain and Qatar in new survey on tourism trends. Travel & Nature Bahrain Denmark Egypt Germany Greece green tourism Lebanon Portugal Qatar Sweden Tunisia

Pisa Italians and Arab Immigrants Lean Closer Through Public Art

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Here Green Prophet shares a selection of the posters used during the “Jasmine Revolution” in Tunisia, that were exposed in Pisa. . Architecture & Urban Arabs art Italy TunisiaGreen Prophet runs into an interesting event in Pisa, Italy. When tourists visit Pisa, Italy they discover not only that the tower really does lean but also that there is a considerable number of immigrants and refugees speaking perfect Italian waiting for them.

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Could all-inclusive holidays harm Middle Eastern small business?

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Like many British tour operators, First Choice has recently run promotions for holidays in Egypt and Tunisia , seeking to encourage holidaymakers to return to these major destinations in the wake of their revolutionary uprisings.

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Arabic Calligraphy – eL Seed’s Writing Is On the Wall

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Local authorities, community leaders and townspeople worked together to complete the project, the first of its kind in Tunisia. Architecture & Urban Fashion & Design art graffitti street art TunisiaeL Seed, a Tunisian artist who combines Arabic calligraphy and street painting, is making an imprint on the world street art scene. I can’t remember how I found him.

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Swine Flu Death Toll in Middle East Region

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Get swine flu updates for the PA, Israel, Yemen, Iraq, Tunisia and Jordan. Nine confirmed deaths were reported in Yemen in the last two months; three deaths in Iraq; two in Jordan; and 20 non-fatal infections in Tunisia. Food & Health Iraq Israel Jordan Palestinian Authority swine flu Tunisia YemenAre you at risk?

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Was the Arab Spring Good for Renewable Energy?

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January this year, Desertec Foundation announced the World’s largest CSP-plant to be built in Tunisia , which when finished would have a total power capacity of 2 GW. Business & Politics Desertec Egypt Kuwait Libya Morocco Saudi Arabia solar power TunisiaSome notable new investments made in the MENA region include a new solar thermal power plant in Saudi Arabia.

Z: The Anonymous Tunisian Cartoonist Championing Nature

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Because when I started drawing in 2008, there were projects in Tunisia that were supposed to be funded by Emiratis. For more on Tunisia and destructive development see: Catch Up With Green Prophet in Tunisia. Architecture & Urban Arab Spring development Ecological destruction habitat destruction Tunisia Unsustainable development wildlife habitat

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MENA countries add revolutionary credentials to eco-tourism

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Travel & Nature eco-tourism Egypt environmental education Middle East sustainable tourism tourism travel TunisiaSouvenirs of the recent revolution are already on sale in Tahrir Square.

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