Protecting the environment and biodiversity in Algeria’s Coastal Regions
Title: Protection of the Environment and Biodiversity in Algeria’s coastal regions (PEBLA)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Lead executing agencies: Algerian Ministry of the Environment (ME)
Overall term: 2020 to 2023
With a coastline measuring 1,622 kilometres and natural areas that remain relatively unspoilt and untouched in some regions, Algeria has a remarkably diverse natural heritage. However, the increasing settlement of towns and villages, industry, infrastructure and the overexploitation of certain marine resources are weakening the terrestrial and marine coastal ecosystems. This is disrupting the stability of the ecosystems. Only by protecting them can sustainable management be ensured and the ecological balance maintained.
In 2015, Algeria adopted a strategy for the integrated management of coastal regions in order to protect the environment and coastal biodiversity while at the same time ensuring sustainable use.
The project, entitled Protection of the Environment and Biodiversity in Algeria’s Coastal Regions, will be carried out within this framework and will contribute to the implementation and practical application of the National Strategy for Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and the National Biodiversity Strategy.
The environmental, economic and planning framework for integrated coastal zone management in Algeria has improved.
The project works with the Algerian Ministry of the Environment as well as with other ministries, subordinate institutions and local authorities. In order to ensure that the objectives of the project are achieved, a broader approach will be pursued involving the civilian population, such as coastal residents.
Activities will focus on improving integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) and developing the knowledge and skills of stakeholders.
For this purpose, the project first updates the National Strategy for Integrated Coastal Zone Management and develops a budgeted action plan with an associated monitoring system. In addition, partner organisations are given advice on the areas of data management, geographical information systems, communication and public relations.
Issues such as environmental conventions, international standards for the management of protected areas, ecosystem services and integrated approaches will be considered.
In addition, the project will analyse the financing options available for implementing ICZM and protected area management and advise on access to national and international financing mechanisms (including the Green Climate Fund).
The project will also strengthen organisational, entrepreneurial and technical capabilities of existing or new user organisations for the development of ecosystem services. Marketing through cooperation agreements or contracts with the private sector will also be promoted and state and non-state actors will receive support in establishing cooperatives or user groups.
Locally adapted guidelines on practices for responsible artisanal fishing and sustainable aquaculture will be drawn up and support for their introduction provided to partner organisations.
In order to improve the management of marine and coastal protected areas, the project will strengthen the skills of administrative staff and staff of civil society organisations. It will also provide advice on how to develop methodological and technical guidelines for management plans for protected marine and coastal areas.
The project also focuses on identifying new coastal and marine protected areas (e.g. national parks) and on updating the status of existing protected areas.
Latest update: October 2020