To reduce dependency on fossil fuels, curb GHG emissions, and expand socio-economic opportunities, Tunisia seeks to optimize the sustainable use of its natural resources, namely its abundant sunlight, through concentrated solar power (CSP) generation, and its agro-sylvo-pastoral landscapes.
The MENA Region CSP initiative is motivated by objectives of energy security, climate change mitigation, and regional integration in the Mediterranean. A total of $750 million in CTF concessional financing is supporting the development of 960 MW of new CSP capacity across Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, and Libya.
Tunisia has also developed a FIP investment plan that outlines measures to increase carbon sequestration and enhance the production, improved use, and value of the goods and socio-economic and environmental services of the agro-sylvo-pastoral landscapes. It also aims to strengthening the governance of the forest and pastoral sector and sustainable management of rangelands.
Export-oriented and in the process of liberalizing and privatizing its economy
The CIF programmatic approach to investment planning and implementation brings strategic value to CIF recipient countries. Working through a transparent, country-led process, the CIF fosters trust and collaboration among government ministries, civil society, indigenous peoples, private sector, and the MDBs that implement CIF funding. Together, they translate Nationally Determined Contributions and other national development and climate strategies into an actionable CIF investment plan. Rather than one-off projects, the plan comprises long-term, sequenced investments that mutually reinforce each other and link to other critical activities, such as policy and regulatory reform and capacity building. Under national government leadership, CIF stakeholders continue to work together to implement the plan, continually assessing progress and sharing lessons learned along the way.