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Kuriat Project

Kuriat - © RAC/SPA, Louis Marie Préau

Supporting the management of the marine and coastal protected area of the Kuriat Islands


The Kuriat project is executed by SPA/RAC in partnership with the Coastal Protection and Management Agency (APAL) and Notre Grand Bleu (NGB) NGO.

Total duration:

30 months, from July 2017- December 2019.


The project aims to support the management of the Marine and Coastal Protected Area of the Kuriat Islands in Tunisia.

This project is a pilot initiative regarding participatory governance approach within protected areas in Tunisia. The management scheme started with SPA/RAC's MedMPAnet project, which yielded the elaboration of a sustainable and integrated management plan of Kuriat Islands. The Kuriat project aims to support the implementation of this management plan in partnership with APAL and Notre Grand Bleu NGO.

The Kuriat project will also contribute to achieving the objectives of the MAVA Foundation for the Mediterranean, and those of Tunisia vis-à-vis the Barcelona Convention and other environmental conventions that contribute to the conservation of species, fragile and threatened habitats, and the development of a network of marine protected areas in the Mediterranean.


The activities planned within the framework of this project are:

  • Action 1 : Organize capacity building trainings on management and conservation for the concerned actors. also, to organize meetings with the local consulting committee of the project to present and discuss the annual progress report and the planning of future actions;
  • Action 2 : Establish a communication action plan for the AMCP of Kuriat Islands;
  • Action 3 : Implement and strengthen the monitoring Programmes of the key species and the threats affecting the site;
  • Action 4 : Conduct a feasibility study for the installation of mooring system and a system of ecological anchoring to protect the Posidonia oceanica meadows; and
  • Action 5 : Conduct a study to identify sources of sustainable funding schemes for protected areas in Tunisia, in particular the Kuriat Islands.
Beneficiaries of the project:

Tunisia is the beneficiary country for this project and in particular the marine and coastal protected area of the Kuriat Islands (Governorate of Monastir).

Also, the targeted partners for this project are the managers and users of the Kuriat Islands, and other stakeholders concerned with the management and conservation of MCPAs.


Coastal Protection and Management Agency (Agence de Protection et d’Aménagement du Littoral, APAL)

Notre Grand Bleu (NGB) NGO ( www.notregrandbleu.com)



The Kuriat project is financially supported by the MAVA Foundation.

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Photo credits: © SPA/RAC, Louis Marie Préau