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Nearly 70% of the Tunisian population lives in cities, further concern for stakeholders on energy efficiency (Expert)

About 8 million Tunisians live in urban areas, i.e. an urbanisation rate of over 70 percent, out of a population estimated at 11 million.

According to architect, urban planner and expert in planning and management of cities and territories, Fethi Hassine, this rate should reach, most likely, 75% in 2030, or 10 million urban out of a total population of 13 million.

“This means that � of the population of Tunisia lives in only 10% of the territory”, explained the town planner, who was speaking at a National Conference on the acceleration of the implementation of energy efficiency programmes (from 5 to 6 April 2018 in Tunis).

“This concentration of the population in the urban environment is certainly coupled with a large consumption of energy, especially since this portion of the territory also accounts for 80% of the country’s business activities, Hassine said, while calling to use the planning to improve energy efficiency and to rethink urban development plans in order to adapt them to the planned objectives of energy management.

According to him, solutions do exist to achieve these objectives. For example, it is necessary to think of the distances to cross when traveling in shorter and more coherent cities.

Each individual must have a job and services very close to his residence and also alternative means of transport (walking, cycling …).

Tunisian cities, in particular, mega-cities, are characterised today by an excessive urban sprawl in spite of the control of the demographic growth, estimates the expert.

In this regard, he cited the example of Greater Tunis which saw its population increase between 2004 and 2014 at a rate of 1.63% per year and its urban task (area consumed by housing) evolve at a rate of 3.4% annually, and therefore its surface doubles every 10 years.

The urban task of Greater Tunis increased from 5,000 hectares (1956) to 10 thousand hectares in 1975 and nearly 40 thousand hectares in 2015.

“The phenomenon of urban sprawl is likely to worsen with the process of metropolisation (human, economic, financial, industrial, etc.) that has started around major cities (Greater Tunis, Sousse, Monastir, Grand Sfax, Nabeul, Hammamet, Greater Gabes and others), which necessarily translates into longer distances to travel,” he warned.

Source: TAP News Agency

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Nearly 70% of the Tunisian population lives in cities, further concern for stakeholders on energy efficiency (Expert)

About 8 million Tunisians live in urban areas, i.e. an urbanisation rate of over 70 percent, out of a population estimated at 11 million.

According to architect, urban planner and expert in planning and management of cities and territories, Fethi Hassine, this rate should reach, most likely, 75% in 2030, or 10 million urban out of a total population of 13 million.

“This means that � of the population of Tunisia lives in only 10% of the territory”, explained the town planner, who was speaking at a National Conference on the acceleration of the implementation of energy efficiency programmes (from 5 to 6 April 2018 in Tunis).

“This concentration of the population in the urban environment is certainly coupled with a large consumption of energy, especially since this portion of the territory also accounts for 80% of the country’s business activities, Hassine said, while calling to use the planning to improve energy efficiency and to rethink urban development plans in order to adapt them to the planned objectives of energy management.

According to him, solutions do exist to achieve these objectives. For example, it is necessary to think of the distances to cross when traveling in shorter and more coherent cities.

Each individual must have a job and services very close to his residence and also alternative means of transport (walking, cycling …).

Tunisian cities, in particular, mega-cities, are characterised today by an excessive urban sprawl in spite of the control of the demographic growth, estimates the expert.

In this regard, he cited the example of Greater Tunis which saw its population increase between 2004 and 2014 at a rate of 1.63% per year and its urban task (area consumed by housing) evolve at a rate of 3.4% annually, and therefore its surface doubles every 10 years.

The urban task of Greater Tunis increased from 5,000 hectares (1956) to 10 thousand hectares in 1975 and nearly 40 thousand hectares in 2015.

“The phenomenon of urban sprawl is likely to worsen with the process of metropolisation (human, economic, financial, industrial, etc.) that has started around major cities (Greater Tunis, Sousse, Monastir, Grand Sfax, Nabeul, Hammamet, Greater Gabes and others), which necessarily translates into longer distances to travel,” he warned.

Source: TAP News Agency

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Suspended since 2008, the Tunisian-South Korean Joint Commission will convene on April 23-24 in Seoul.Foreign
Reported investment in the industrial sector fell 35.5% in the first quarter of 2018, to
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Suspended since 2008, the Tunisian-South Korean Joint Commission will convene on April 23-24 in Seoul.Foreign