Tunisia inaugurates Ghar el Melh Wetlands Centre

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In 2010, an agreement was signed between the General Directorate of Forests (DGF) and the National Heritage Institute (INP) of Tunisia, to reserve and equip part of the Fort located in the city of Ghar el Melh as a Wetlands Centre. Following this agreement, the government of Tunisia is inaugurating the Ghar el Melh Wetlands Centre today. This Centre was created under the supervision of the General Directorate of Forests and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF / Tunis Office) within the framework of the project "Wetlands in Tunisia: a Habitat for man and nature." Counting a total of 40 Ramsar Sites, Tunisia’s main objective for the creation of the Wetlands Centre is sensitization and education on the importance of conservation and wise use of wetlands.

Ghar el Mehl is a biodiversity and cultural rich city, hosting Tunisia’s 12th Ramsar Site – “Lagune de Ghar el Melh et Delta de la Mejerda”. The Centre is comprised of several stations which portray Tunisia’s wetlands, Ramsar Sites, social and economic activities of the people and the relationship between these activities and wetlands. The Centre includes a Hall of pirates, which illustrates an ancestral activity at the Ghar el Melh lagoon with special sound and light effects as well as several other stations, such as a flying station for the identification of waterbirds. The Fort hosting the Wetlands Centre exists since the 17th century.

The centre was created with the collaboration of MAVA Foundation, Polytechnic University of Valencia, MedWet, the Ramsar Convention, WWF, INP and DGF. More photos and text in French and Arabic here. [25/04/13]

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