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Implementation of a participative and inclusive approach to support the maritime, agricultural and rural economy of the Kerkennah islands based on a sustainable mobilisation of the local resources
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November 2017 - July 2021

Project Summary

Elaboration of a local governance process in the Kerkennah Islands that ensures the inclusive dialogue between the involved stakeholders and their participation in the definition, implementation and monitoring of a sustainable territorial development strategy which takes into account the current issues of the territory


Reinforce the maritime, agricultural and rural economy of the Kerkennah Islands by supporting economic and social initiatives that enhance the local and specific resources of the Kerkennah Islands for the benefits of the overall population

Target groups

  • Governance: local institutions, local consultative structures, development associations, professional organizations that will participate in the governance of the territory
  • Economic and social initiatives: professionals and professional organizations, local development organizations, projects leaders, business support structures


To reach its objectives, the project is implemented in five steps including capacity building, training, support to public and private initiatives, monitoring and evaluation:

  • Step 1 – Elaboration of the management processes (methodology and planning of actions)
  • Step 2 – Creation of dialogue forums and reinforcement of the participative processes (elaboration of the local governance process)
  • Step 3 – Joint elaboration and validation of the territorial development process (ensure that  the process is in line with the already existing, public or private, territorial development interventions)
  • Step 4 – Identification, selection and support in the implementation of the social and economic initiatives carried out by the private or public stakeholders (implementation and monitoring of the territorial strategy)
  • Step 5 – Capitalization and valorisation of the project achievements


  • A Local Development Committee (LDC), an operational forum for dialogue and for a collective management of the project
  • 500 people from the Kerkennah Islands have an increased awareness of the development challenges of the territory and regularly participate in the dialogues and coordination meetings
  • 100 local stakeholders (public, private, development organizations, civil society) have reinforced their capacities in the fields of inclusive and participative processes, territorial and local planning, economic development
  • A territorial project, which integrates both the needs of the local population and the national strategic orientations, is elaborated and officially approved
  • 40 economic and social projects, in line with the territorial project, are supported in their long-term establishment
  • The partnership with the European development organizations is dynamic and adapted to the needs of the territory
  • The national and European public institutions promote the achievements of the project in their policies.

>> More information : "Archipel de Kerkennah : Promouvoir le tourisme écologique et durable" (Tunisian newspaper "La Presse")


L’Institut Agronomique Méditerranéen de Montpellier (CIHEAM-IAMM) - France

Source of funding : European Union
Programme and Contact references : Jean-Paul PELLISSIER, Project Leader, pellissier@iamm.fr, Zied AHMED, Administrator, ahmed@iamm.fr, Kamel ELLEFI, Principal Coordinator, ellefi@iamm.fr, Rania KOUSSANI, project manager, koussani@iamm.fr, Khouloud TURKI, project manager, turki@iamm.fr
Total budget : 1 400 000,00 €
Partners :
  • L’Association Jeunes et Science Tunisie - Tunisia
  • Le Commissariat Général de Développement Régional - Tunisia
  • L’Association Pêche et Activités Maritimes GAL Estérel - France
  • Le Pays Pyrénées Méditerranée - France