On the occasion of the Mediterranean Coast Day and in the framework of the GemWet project, a 24-hour event entitled “H24O” was organized by WWF NA in Ghar el Melh on 21 and 22 September 2019. A series of workshops and storytelling activities were organized as part of a camping that took place around the lagoon of Ghar el Melh in order to raise awareness of climate change and how it could affect the water resources in Tunisia.
The celebrations began on 21 September in the Sebkha of Sidi Ali el Mekki, where Mr. Ali Garssi, a local farmer, hosted 40 campers to present the “Gatayaa”, a traditional agriculture technique specific to Ghar el Melh. During the night, Mr. Mustapha Jebril and Mr. Othman Gara, two locals, joined the camping festivities and presented the history of the region and its characteristics to the participants.
On the second day, Informational Workshops were moderated by Dr. Raoudha Gafrej, Water and Climate Change specialist. During the workshops, participants learned about the situation of water in Tunisia, the impact of climate change on the natural resources and the role of wetlands in the mitigation of these effects. The 24 hours were concluded by a cleaning campaign that took place around the wetland of Ghar el Melh.