€ 23 Million AfDB Loan to Finance Water Sector Project in Tunisia
Tunis, 11 December 2008 – The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group Board of Directors has approved a 22.91-million Euro loan to finance phase two of Tunisia’s Water Sector Investment Project (PISEAU II).
PISEAU II is a component of the Tunisian Water Mobilization and Management Strategy 2002-2011, and a follow up to PISEAU I which lasted from 2002 to 2007.
The main objective of PISEAU II is to promote efficient and integrated management of conventional water resources (including dams, catchment ponds, boreholes and surface wells) as well as non-conventional water sources (wastewater and brackish water) to meet the challenge of water scarcity in the country.
The project’s direct beneficiaries are Tunisia’s rural population, especially the most disadvantaged spread across the country’s 24 governorates.
The project will help improve their living conditions through the intensification of irrigated agriculture and better supply of drinking water. It will also create conditions for adaptation to climate change. The beneficiaries will participate in decision-making in the selection of investments for the project. They will also participate in infrastructure management through Agricultural Development Groups (irrigation and drinking water GDAs), which will benefit from capacity building activities under the project.
The project is innovative and promotes efficient Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) through the establishment of a National Information System for Water Resources and participatory management by the GDAs.
The Bank’s experience in Tunisia’s rural sector, acquired through the funding of various integrated agricultural development projects, helped in the appropriate project design, particularly with respect to participatory management of water and soil infrastructure and resources as well as the mainstreaming of gender issues in the projects.
Implementation of the project will begin in 2009 and cover a five-year period. The total project cost is € 122.01 million (TD 215.98 million).
The project will be co-financed by the French Development Agency (AFD), the World Bank and the Tunisian Government.