As part of the improvement of the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) process in Tunisia, Tunisia has started a study on the Development of a Strategy for a more efficient coastal management allowing a harmonization of sectoral strategies on the coastline for a coherent, sustainable and participative management, with a focus on integrating the issues inherent to the effects of climate change. The purpose of this expertise will be to review the state of play and an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the current coastal management system and lay the foundations for the establishment of a national and global strategy for integrated coastal zone management, taking into account account of the effects of climate change.

The National Strategy for Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) is intended as a planning and reflection tool for the sustainable development of coastal areas of the national territory in line with the provisions of the ICZM protocol.

The first step will be done at the local level:

• Sensitization of the actors, who are for the most part supervisors to local institutional actors with a view to their appropriation of the approach, their interest in discussing the content of the initiative and their direct mobilization or through their local representatives or in the implementation of the different stages of the process and finally the acceptance of the methodology and the proposed roadmap.

• The announcement of the creation of an ICZM platform for exchange and consultation