contribution consisted of consultancy services to the Tunisian
Forestry Department in regard to the improvement of the integration
of local communities into the sustainable management of the
forest resources. In addition, the privatization of economic
areas such as nursery production, national parks, etc. was
The role of the forest authority had to be redefined, including
respective instructions, directives and statements. Besides
support in remodelling, the regulatory framework of forest
management tools had to be adapted and respective capacity
training provided. To this end, support has been supplied
to set up a decentralised internet-based forest planning,
management, monitoring and evaluation tool (SIPF).
Procedures to simplify forest management plans were introduced,
as well as participatory rules and regulations for co-management.
Model contracts were developed to arrange the relationship
(rights and obligations) between the forest service and the
forest user groups. A computer based information system, to
monitor the co-management contracts was established.
To enhance rural development the potentials of eco tourism
in the forested North of Tunisia were investigated in collaboration
with the rural stakeholders, and respective tours and guides
potentials in the forested North of Tunisia were investigated.