International Manifesto for sustainable development of oasis

09 April 2013 | News story

The 110 participants that attended the International Conference to save oasis held in Zarzis-Djerba (Tunisia) on 23, 24 March 2013, urged to call for strengthened commitment, effort and resources to preserve oasis ecosystems. During two-day conference, experts from non-governmental organizations, scientific institutions, agriculture associations, cooperation agencies and political organizations representing 15 countries embarked on a multi-stakeholder dialogue and shared their experiences, concerns and proposals for sustainable oasis. 

The 110 participants that attended the International Conference to save oasis held in Zarzis-Djerba (Tunisia) on 23, 24 March 2013, urged to call for strengthened commitment, effort and resources to preserve oasis ecosystems.

During two-day conference, experts from non-governmental organizations, scientific institutions, agriculture associations, cooperation agencies and political organizations representing 15 countries embarked on a multi-stakeholder dialogue and shared their experiences, concerns and proposals for sustainable oasis. 

Overall, oasis ecosystems and their populations are coming under unbearable pressures due to cumulative crisis of water, biodiversity, climate change, governance, etc. with long-lasting impacts. Local communities reliant on the healthy functioning of oasis ecosystems face severe socio-economic problems, bringing about rural abandonment and loss traditional knowledge.

On the occasion of this conference, participants endorsed a "Manifesto” for the safeguarding of oasis and oasis lifestyle that was released at the World Social Forum held in Tunis on 26 - 30th March. The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation has participated and supported the elaboration of the Manifesto.

This international conference was organized by the Oases Associations Network (RADDO in French: Réseau Associatif de Développement Durable des Oasis).

For further info: Maher Mahjoub


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