Tunis strengthens its territorial planning by embracing resilience and sustainable development in its city strategy, developed through the A’SIMA Tunis project.

The UN-Habitat City Resilience Global Programme supported the ‘A’SIMA Tunis: Strategic planning and multilevel governance for a resilient metropolitan city’ project by identifying pathways for resilience building and risk-informed planning in the city.

Quick facts

Environmental Resilience
A’SIMA Tunis targets improving Tunis’ sustainable waste management system and enhance capacities for its implementation.
Social resilience
A’SIMA Tunis promotes participatory and inclusive approach to urban planning.
Economic resilience
A’SIMA Tunis sets out an ambitious vision for economic growth in the city.


Tunis’ priorities for strengthening resilience address complex matters where multiple risks and enduring and emerging challenges converge.

Based on the diagnosis and initial mapping of shocks, stresses and challenges in the city, UN-Habitat CRGP focused on three recurring shocks that were considered of high impact to the city and which stood to be further addressed through positive, targeted action and projects.

Shock 1

The risk of flooding, including pluvial and flash floods, is the most pressing issue for city residents and the diagnosis conducted in the framework of the Tunis Development Strategy suggested that public perception of this threat has increased sharply over the past two decades.
Water, food and
energy supply

Shock 2

The city experienced some serious water, food supply and energy shortages associated with increasing water scarcity levels, high level of dependence on imports and the impact of recent international crises.

Shock 3

More frequent, intense, and longer lasting heat waves are having a significant impact on human health, especially of vulnerable populations. These events reduce productivity, disrupt economic activity and harm agriculture.


Developing a resilient and sustainable city requires a roadmap of actions and activities that are both implementable and feasible, yet precise and ambitious in their expected impacts.

In defining the City Strategy, a total of 104 actions and projects were proposed during consultations with local actors. These were later organized into 15 structuring projects which form 6 strategic work programs (chantiers).

Resilience-building actions will be implemented through Work Program 4 on “Resilience and territorial eco-responsibility”.

In the Strategic Framework of the city of Tunis, resilience building actions are concentrated in work programme 4 - Resilience and eco-responsibility
Related SDGs goals:
Resilience and territorial eco-responsibility
A resilient and eco-responsible municipality: Energy efficiency, sustainable waste management, preservation of water resources
Working area

Climate change affects the city’s infrastructure, assets, productive system, and the quality of life of its citizens.

Extreme climate episodes (extreme heat, intense rains, prolonged periods of drought, destructive storms) are becoming increasingly frequent and tangible, and require action to address these and prepare for crises that the city will experience in the future according to scientists’ projections. Actions under this area set out strong mitigation measures.

Development, enhancement, preservation and articulation of parks and large natural reserves
Working area

Mitigating climate change effects requires preservation, development, and enhancement of public spaces, by restoring ecosystems and promoting revegetation and soil permeabilization.

Greater Tunis in general and Tunis in particular host large structuring natural spaces plagued by urban predation and degradation.

It is important to preserve these spaces, restore their ecological functions and integrate them functionally into the city. Actions under this area seek to preserve and enhance green spaces in the city.

Metropolitan Food Resilience Project
Working area

The objective of the project is to strengthen Tunis’ food resilience and reduce its vulnerability to risks associated with recurring crises impacting the food supply chain, to limit the carbon footprint of food logistics and mitigate vulnerability to climate and social risks.

The project concerns both the promotion of agriculture in urban and peri-urban areas and shortening food circuits. It impacts positively the development of agriculture in Greater Tunis by promoting the connection between local producers and local consumers.


The Tunis Resilience Profile

City’s vision.
“Tunis is an inclusive and sustainable capital, the engine for an organized and resilient metropolitan ensemble, which innovates and shines economically and culturally on the international scene…”


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