Analysis of vulnerability and disaster risk management capacities in Tataouine, Tunisia

Like many countries in the MENA region, Tunisia is severely affected by the effects of climate change. Extreme weather events are occurring more frequently, leading to extreme droughts and increasing flooding due to heavy rainfall. This is a challenge for development planning, especially at the regional level.

adelphi, in collaboration with its Tunisian partner ST2i, is conducting a comprehensive risk analyses in the Region of Tataouine in southern Tunisia, with the aim of assessing the exposure and impact of the region, as well as existing risk management capacities and identifying entry points for an improved approach to risk management.

The results will be cartographically processed and incorporated into the recommendations for the development of a risk management strategy. In addition, a geographical database and Web-GIS of risks and vulnerability will be developed. In order to achieve this, previous findings on the risk situation as well as the natural-geographical and socio-economic characteristics of the Tataouine region will first be compiled, mapped, and analysed with regards to hazards, exposure, and risks. On this basis, the geographical database / Web-GIS database will be created, which will make the information available for further use. The sustainable use of the study’s results will be enhanced by training future users of the database as well as by the participatory approach of the analysis.