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Pressing environmental concerns in Tunisia include land erosion, pollution and poaching. Over 73% of the nation's land is threatened by erosion.1 Pollution from industrialized areas and poor waste management services have contributed to land degradation and water pollution.2 It has been reported that one Tunisian factory alone channels 13,000 tons of phosphate waste into the sea every single day.3 Furthermore, although there are regulations and laws dedicated to preventing the poaching of endangered animals, there are regions in Tunisia referred to as "black spots" where poachers target rare animals and evade punishment.4

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1 http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Africa/Tunisia-ENVIRONMENT.html#b
2 Ibid.
3 http://www.dw.de/the-quiet-environmental-disaster-in-tunisia/a-16796561
4http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/11/environmental-crimes-run-rampant-tunisia-201311251180934679.html
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Tunisia News

News24 
Tunis - Tunisia said on Saturday that it had replaced two senior officials in a southeastern region, days after protesters there booed the prime minister off stage following weeks of demonstrations. Tunisia has faced a wave of protests and strikes over ... See more..
Daily Mail 
Tunisia's armed forces have been cracking down militants allied to Islamic State and al Qaeda's North Africa branch, especially since the country suffered four major attacks in the last two years, including two on foreign tourists. (Reporting by Tarek ... See more..
StepFeed 
Tunisia, affectionately known as تونس الخضراء, or 'Green Tunisia', is a small green wedge in the vast North African desert. Despite its relatively smaller size, Tunisia carries a rich history and enchanting natural beauty that leaves its visitors ... See more..
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Aljazeera.com 
Country has seen a wave of protests on the six-year anniversary of revolution that ousted Ben Ali. See more..
Times of Oman 
The Omani – Tunisian Joint Committee held the meetings of its 15th Session in Tunisia from 25 to 27 April chaired by Madiha bint Ahmed bin Nasser Al Shaibaniya, minister of education from the Omani side and Dr. Naji Jalloul Tunisian Minister of ... See more..
BBC Sport 
Nabil Maaloul is appointed as coach of Tunisia for a second spell in charge to replace Henry Kasperczak who was sacked in April. See more..
eNCA 
BIZERTE - Dimming the lights on their patrol boat, Tunisian coastguards stand in silence scanning the sea for speedboats on clandestine missions to and from Italy. Smuggling gangs are using high-performance vessels to ferry people, drugs and cigarettes ... See more..
Bloomberg 
Tunisia raised its benchmark interest rate to the highest level in about 18 months, as the government looks to stem a decline in the dinar and implement reforms ... See more..
Washington Post 
Fadil Aliriza is an independent researcher and journalist currently based in Tunis. Six years after the start of the Arab Spring, Tunisia continues to cling to its precarious status as the Arab world's sole parliamentary democracy. This week, however ... See more..
Washington Post 
Note: Fadha Ghozlani shows a portrait of her brother Sayed, who was killed by Islamic State militants in their family house. Among Sayed's attackers was a ... See more..
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Geography

Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and Libya
Area

Total 163,610 sq km
Land 155,360 sq km
Water 8,250 sq km

Climate

temperate in north with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers; desert in south
Natural Resources

petroleum, phosphates, iron ore, lead, zinc, salt ;
Natural Hazards

NA
Current Environmental Issues

toxic and hazardous waste disposal is ineffective and poses health risks; water pollution from raw sewage; limited natural freshwater resources; deforestation; overgrazing; soil erosion; desertification

Demographics

Nationality
Tunisian
Population
10,835,873 (July 2013 est.)
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Tunisia's diverse, market-oriented economy has long been cited as a success story in Africa and the Middle East, but it faces an array of challenges during the country's ongoing political transition. Following an ill-fated experiment with socialist economic policies in the 1960s, Tunisia embarked on a successful strategy focused on bolstering exports, foreign investment, and tourism, all of which have become central to the country''s economy. Key exports now include textiles and apparel, food products, petroleum products, chemicals, and phosphates, with about 80% of exports bound for Tunisia''s main economic partner, the European Union. Tunisia''s liberal strategy, coupled with investments ...See More in education and infrastructure, fueled decades of 4-5% annual GDP growth and improving living standards. Former President (1987-2011) Zine el Abidine BEN ALI continued these policies, but as his reign wore on cronyism and corruption stymied economic performance and unemployment rose among the country''s growing ranks of university graduates. These grievances contributed to the January 2011 overthrow of BEN ALI, sending Tunisia''s economy into a tailspin as tourism and investment declined sharply. As the economy recovers, Tunisia''s government faces challenges reassuring businesses and investors, bringing budget and current account deficits under control, shoring up the country''s financial system, bringing down high unemployment, and reducing economic disparities between the more developed coastal region and the impoverished interior. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$107.1 billion (2012 est.); $103.4 billion (2011 est.); $105.4 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

22.3% of GDP (2012 est.); 23.2% of GDP (2011 est.); 26.3% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

olives, olive oil, grain, tomatoes, citrus fruit, sugar beets, dates, almonds; beef, dairy products
Industries

petroleum, mining (particularly phosphate and iron ore), tourism, textiles, footwear, agribusiness, beverages