The Blue Panda reached the south of the Mediterranean | WWF

The Blue Panda reached the south of the Mediterranean

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27 October 2019


Tunisia is the smallest country of North Africa, but with its 2,000 kilometres of coast opening on the two shores of the Mediterranean, its 3 gulfs (Tunis, Hammamet, and Gabes) and sixty islands, it is endowed with rich and spectacular marine biodiversity. It is home to more than 300 species of fish, 600 species of marine plants, large meadow of Posidonia and has the largest continental shelf in the Mediterranean generating a 2mt high tide in the Kneiss Islands. The Kuriat Islands and Chebba coasts are nesting sites of Caretta Caretta turtles, while in Zembra island is the largest nesting population of Cory's shearwater. Whales and dolphins such as rough-toothed dolphins, bottle-nosed dolphins and the common dolphin can be spotted here.

According to WWF's last report "Stop The Flood of Plastic: How Mediterranean countries can save their sea", Tunisia is the 13th largest plastic goods producer in the Mediterranean region, generating 0.25 mts of waste and mismanaging 36% of it. That’s why the Blue Panda will be in Monastir, also known as a city of the sea, to engage in a series of activities, including seabed clean-ups, talks about plastic pollution with children, young people, fishers, local associations and restaurant owners and a photo exhibition on the impact of plastic pollution. WWF-Tunisia will also engage with ministers and mayors around Tunisia to secure their commitment to reduce, reuse, recycle and achieve zero-plastic leakage into the sea by 2030.

If you happen to be in Monastir, join us onboard or follow us via social media @WWF_Med, #BluePanda #StopPlasticPollution and sign our petition.

CLICK HERE FOR THE BLUE PANDA VISITING HOURS.

Monastir is the 5th stop of the Blue Panda’s six-month journey across the Mediterranean, mobilising people along the coasts of Italy, Greece, France, Turkey, Tunisia and Morocco to #StopPlasticPollution and for #OilFreeGreece! After Monastir, the Blue Panda will move to its final destination Morocco.