Country Area : 163,610 km2

Forested Area (1000 ha) : 1,041

UN-REDD Programme Partner Country : Yes (as of 2013)

Type of UN-REDD Programme Support Received : Targeted support, Support to country needs assessment (CNA)

FCPF Member : No

Active FCPF Grant Holder: No

Readiness Grant Holder: No

Carbon Fund: No


While Tunisia’s National REDD+ Strategy is not yet in place, the UN-REDD Programme completed three key studies to contribute to its development. These studies include a series of needs assessments for the NFMS, institutional arrangements and tenure security in the context of REDD+. The studies make detailed recommendations to support further progress under three of the four Warsaw Pillars.


Tunisia made headway in implementing REDD+ through developing national capacity with a pilot project to address issues of forestland encroachment in the Siliana governorate. The six-month project involved workshops with Government officials, provision of field measurement and data collection equipment and on-the-ground implementation, followed by reflection, reporting and sharing of results. Officers from the Directorate General of Forestry, including one woman, were trained in Open Tenure, Collect Mobile and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) operation. They used their new skills to collaborate with local stakeholders in Siliana, including land claimants in State forestlands, to collect claim data, identify precise State forest boundaries, and prepare dossiers for regularization of overlapping claims. More than 60 claimant surveys were collected and more than 70 forest boundary markers installed. It is hoped that through this collaborative approach, land claimants will refrain from further expanding agriculture into State forestlands.

During the fieldwork in Siliana, a lack of female participation in the pilot activities became evident with the majority of participants and land claimants being male. The UN-REDD Programme’s efforts in promoting the benefits of women’s involvement in activities to stakeholders in Tunisia resulted in one woman participating in capacity-development and pilot activities. In addition, a few local women were interviewed to collect their viewpoints on land and forest issues.


See “Challenges and Solutions” discussion above.


The results of the support have been shared with those developing the Forest Investment Programme, the Readiness Preparation Proposal and the Integrated Landscape Management in Tunisia’s Lagging Regions Project, implemented by the World Bank and funded by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Country-level partners continue to support and coordinate with this initiative.

(Update Annual Report 2017)

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Total Approved Targeted Support Amount (US$) 79,500
#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
Date of Request 17.12.2014
Date of Approval 23.01.2015
Implementation Period (Months) 1
Status Completed
Amount Requested US$ 79,500
Amount Approved US$ 79,500
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Lead National Institution: Ministry of Agriculture, Directorate General of Forest



1. The situation of forest and pastoral land issues in Tunisia and implications for REDD + are clarified.

2. A work plan to meet the challenges of land REDD + is developed and supports the development of REDD + strategy of the country

3. The sewerage master plan for the land situation developed as part of the National Strategy for Development and Sustainable Management of Forests and Range includes specific considerations in REDD +.

4. The capacity of technicians and engineers are reinforced and stakeholders are involved and aware.

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