This last month has been an intense period for ICZM in Algeria. The team responsible for the preparation of the National ICZM Strategy was on the ground, with two regional workshops held in the last 15 days. The workshops took place in two Wilayas, namely, in Annaba, in the East (on 27 March) and in Oran, in the West (on April 2). The workshops were organised by the Ministry of Land-use Planning, Environment and Town with the support of PAP/RAC.
The Annaba workshop gathered participants from the five coastal Wilayas from the East, namely, El Tarf, Annaba, Skikda, Jijel and Bejaia, while the workshop in Oran welcomed the “Westerners” from the Wilayas of Tlemcen, Ain Témouchent, Oran and Mostaganem. The participation to workshops was a great success, not only in terms of number of participants (70-odd participants in Annaba and 50-odd in Oran), but also in terms of diversity of the stakeholders, including representatives of every single sector invited, as well as a number of representatives of local communities, authorities, NGOs, and media.
The workshops were a great occasion to benefit from the “local expertise” of all participants who were divided in working sessions and could share their views on institutional functioning, participation and relation between scientific knowledge and ICZM. Another workshop is going to be organised soon in Tipaza (Wilaya of the Centar) to conclude this cycle of Workshops contributing to good governance in ICZM, as requested by the Protocol.