Tunisia - Environment

Loss of agricultural land to erosion, and degradation of range and forest lands because of overgrazing or overcutting of timber for fuel are major concerns. Erosion threatens 76% of the nation's land area. Overcrowding and poor sanitation in urban centers are also major environmental problems. Pollution from industry and farming activities threatens the nation's limited water supply. Tunisia has 3.5 cubic kilometers of renewable water resources with 83% used for farming and 3% for industrial purposes. Only 58% of the people living in rural areas have pure drinking water. The nation's cities produce about 0.9 million tons of solid waste; inadequate disposal of toxic and hazardous wastes poses health risks. There are four national parks.

In 2001, 11 of the nation's mammal species and 6 bird species were endangered. Six types of plants were also endangered. Endangered species in Tunisia include the Barbary hyena, Barbary leopard, two species of gazelle (Cuvier's and slender-horned), the Mediterranean monk seal, oryx, and Mococcan dorcas gazelle. The Bubal hartebeest has become extinct. The A World Wildlife Fund project succeeded in rescuing the Atlas deer from near extinction.

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May 15, 2010 @ 12:12 pm
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Jul 14, 2010 @ 9:09 am
I think this essay even though it's small gives us a clear idea about tunisia and how the problem of the environment is really deep.By identifying the different consequenses and giving concret examples, i think it's high time to begin thinking seriously and without accepting any further delay because it's not only this problem interrelated to our live as human beings but also it can be a mere cause to forfeit the sense of beauty .
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Mar 5, 2011 @ 9:21 pm
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