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« SOS BIAA » “SOS BIAA” is an NGO which based in Tunis, Tunisia. It was founded in the summer of 2011 following the Tunisian revolution. It regroups engineers, scientists, lawyers, doctors and veterinaries. Our objectives are the following:
The objectives of our association are:
- - Promote targeted actions with the civil society, industrials and government agencies to safeguard the environment and fight all forms of industrial pollution.
- - Act as a mediator in conflicts opposing industrials to residents of areas impacted by the pollution in order to find amicable settlements
- - Work closely with local populations living around industrial areas by adopting a scientific approach to address environmental issues through the implementation of rigorous environmental monitoring programs,
- - Explain to the local populations the possible impacts caused by industrial pollution and their health and the environment
- - Identify suitable solutions to reduce the impacts,
- - Explain to the population their legal rights,
- - Engage constructive discussions with industrials, the local authorities and the central government,
- - Put pressure on the central government in order to make public consultations an integral part of any given Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA),
- - Work closely with the authorities and the civil society in order to improve the quality of life in areas surrounding industrial sites
- - Promote the creation of green jobs.
- Our organization was created following the January 14th revolution. Over the past few months, we noticed that the number of sit ins at several industrial sites (cement plants, textile plants, chemical plants….) has skyrocketed. People are protesting against the impacts of industrial pollution such as degradation of the ambient air quality, soil pollution, surface water pollution, groundwater pollution… In several of these sit ins, acts of violence and vandalism took place casing substantial damages. Some of these conflicts have and are still having a negative impact on the local economy: shortage of products such as cement, plant shut down, lay offs, domestic waste being discharged in rivers…
- This situation is in our opinion normal. During the Ben Ali reign, environmental issues were taboo subjects. Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) never included a public assessment component. Complaints made representatives of the civil society against polluting industrials were never addressed. Industrials had their way without any interference by the government.As a result, the situation in areas surrounding industrial sites became unbearable. The reactions of the residents are then understandable.
- Following the January 14th revolution, things have changed radically. Residents of areas located near industrial sites took draconian measures in order to make their voices heard. They blocked, in several cases are still blocking, the access to the plants located in their areas. They are asking for quick actions to reduce the environmental impacts of the plants’ activities on their communities. They are even asking for compensation for damages caused to their health and properties. In some cases, some plants have been vandalized and torched. Communities are then taking matters in their own hands and, in a way, getting revenge. The situation is inacceptable and these actions should be stopped as their have deep repercussions on he Tunisian.
- During the past few months, we have worked with representatives of the civil society in order to help them solve environmental challenges facing them. We’ve worked with the residents of the following areas:
- - Enkhila: Environmental problems related to the activities of a domestic waste landfill, the only one of its kind in governorate of Nabeul.
- - Jradou, Zaghouan: Environmental and legal issues related to the hazardous waste treatment plant, the only one of its kind in Tunisia
- - Kabbouti, Mornag: Environmental issues related to the construction of a new landfill for the greater Tunis area
- - Kalaa Sghira, Sousse: Environmental issues related to the activities of a local brick plant, one of the largest of its king in Tunisia
- - Naggar/Wad Laya, Sousse: Environmental problems related to the activities of a domestic waste landfill, the only one of its kind in governorate of Sousse.
- - In the near future, we intend to visit other communities living in areas affected by industrial pollution such as Sfax, Gabes, Gafsa… As mentioned above, our organization intends to put pressure on the local and central government to address these issues. Most important, we want local communities to be involved in discussing/solving environmental issues facing them in an amicable manner. We are against sit ins and acts of vandalism.
- In the near future, we intend to visit other communities living in areas affected by industrial pollution such as Sfax, Gabes, Gafsa… As mentioned above, our organization intends to put pressure on the local and central government to address these issues. Most important, we want local communities to be involved in discussing/solving environmental issues facing them in an amicable manner. We are against sit ins and acts of vandalism.
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