You are here:
ATPNE is a not-for-profit organisation created in 1971 as a national network. It is managed by an executive committee composed of seven volunteer members. The headquarters of ATPNE is located in Tunis at 12, Rue Tantaoui El Jawhari – El Omrane.
It joined the “Friends of the Earth” network in 1995.
Its main objectives are:
- Raise public awareness of environmental issues,
- Work with young people and children (education and training, coaching and development),
- Participate in the conservation of ecosystems,
- Contribute to sustainable development and improving the quality of life of citizens,
- Oppose any project jeopardising conservation and the environment and fight against all forms of pollution,
- Work for the enactment of laws and regulations to protect the environment and to promote sustainable development and improving the quality of life of citizens.
- Promote clean technologies, green tourism, and proper management of industrial and domestic waste
- Develop cooperation opportunities and partnerships with different partners.
Since its creation, ATPNE has undertaken many efforts aimed at the institutional strengthening of the country's environmental laws.
In this regard, it was instrumental in establishing the Water Code and the Urban Planning Code and actively participated in the development of the Forestry Code and on regulation on the management of maritime resources. It was largely responsible for the creation of many institutions, including the National Commission for the Environment, INORPI, the National Commission of Pesticides, APAL, etc.
It has participated in the development of many other laws on waste management, on national plans to combat desertification, on the protection of biodiversity, promoting sustainable development, etc...
In addition, ATPNE created and executed an entire educational programme for both the formal sector and the informal sector, including training manuals for both teachers and students of different age groups.
Through close relationships with print and broadcast media, ATPNE has built a continuous awareness campaign of decision-makers and the public on environmental issues.
On the ground activities :
- Forest protection pilot project through the integration of forest populations of the area in the northwest of the country, in collaboration with IUCN and specialised government agencies.
- Project to promote clean technologies and the study of environmental impact caused by waste from the textile sector, in collaboration with the Common Front Quebec (Canada) with funding from ACDI.
- Project on the following topics, undertaken with IUCN:
- Medicinal plants,
- Sabkha ecosystems,
- Environmental education on biodiversity.
These projects take place under the aegis of Biodiversity in North Africa with the participation of four other countries in the region: Morocco, Algeria, Egypt and Libya, in collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
- Solid waste management project financed by the Arab Institute for Socioeconomic Funding
- Partnership project between ATPNE and the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA) for the care, protection and conservation of horses and creating specific programmes for education and public awareness on how to interact with animals.
- Plastic waste management project in collaboration with the National Agency for Environmental Protection.
- Project “Blue Flag” - ATPNE, in partnership with institutional bodies of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, has decided to raise the issue of quality of our beaches in aligning with international standards through the outsourcing of the Blue Flag to Tunisia. This international eco-label is awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).
ATPNE works throughout the year in schools and leisure and cultural centres to inform and educate the public.
National and international activities :
- ATPNE is a member of several national commissions within several ministerial departments (agriculture, interior, environment, education).
- ATPNE participates in numerous NGO forums and networks, such as IUCN, FOEI and MedForum. It enjoys fruitful cooperation in these areas with other NGO members of these networks. As a member of the Monitoring Committee, it is actively involved in the SMAP Programme from the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.