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Rmel river basin, Tunisia

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Case Study Coordinator: Sihem Jebari; Rmel society

BeWater Impact

  • Due to the high synergy between the options belonging to bundle 1 related to the water and soil conservation and the national strategy adopted by the DG/ACTA Farmland Conservation and management Department. The latter department has committed to support the implementation of some of these options.
  • The decision makers appreciate the final outcomes of the project and consider the project as a successful model to get inspired from for the future projects. BeWater is now considered as a stepping stone to establish a significant collaboration between science and society.
  • The knowledge gathered through the BeWater are being included as a reference into specific professional education programs such as master classes..
  • According to the CRDA, many measures concerning forest resources will be implemented via the African Development Bank funding devoted to Zaghouan.
  • The regional environmental department is now considering four specific options to be part of their future development plan. This department is now coping with local NGOs to continue raising awareness programs based on BeWater approach and outputs.

About the river basin

Rmel River Basin is located in the Governorate of Zaghouan, in eastern Tunisia. It covers an area of 740 km2 and covers a population of 40,000 inhabitants.

The River Basin is an agricultural region with patches of forest. The climate is semi-arid Mediterranean characterized by mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. The River Basin coincides with a 450 mm/year isohyet (a line on a map of equal or constant rainfall) and plays an important hydrological role as it links the main “wadis” (valleys). Water resources are based on surface water use, while agriculture is based on cereal crops and cattle raising. The River Basin discharges into a dam which was built in 1996. It is part of the hydrological monitoring network that included around 30 experimental river basins at representative sites along the Tunisian Dorsal range.