MedWetCoast Project for conservation of Wetlands and Coastal Ecosystems in the Mediterranean Region MedWetCoast Project for conservation of Wetlands and Coastal Ecosystems in the Mediterranean Region
Last Project News
Project Components
Photos Gallery
  Sunday 31st of May 2020
Last Projects News
International Info
Project component
Net expert
Find a job
Project Documents
Sites Diagnosis report
Training Reports
Management Plan Reports
Regional Networking and Documenting
Station Biologique LA TOUR DU VALAT
view all partners
Member access

Community development
Al Nasr Salt Factory: A Partner in Sustainable Development
Friday 5 December 2003, by Web Team

Al Nasr Salt Factory, in Zaranik protectorate, demonstrated a commendable example of inter-sectorial cooperation and responsibility towards the environment and local inhabitants, when in July 2003, its CEO Essam Ayoub put his hands together with the project and the local fishermen to repair the salt pan filters, for the benefit of local fishermen.

The project has monitored the trickling of fry fish into the factory’s salt pans, where they are killed by hypersalinity or over-heating, or are preyed upon by birds. The reason behind this was reported to be the deterioration of the mesh filters placed between the salt-pans and the lake, for keeping fish out of the salt pans.

As soon as the problem was brought to Ayoub’s attention, he put together a technical team to study it and propose solutions. The studies indicated the partial collapse of the stone barrier separating the lake from the salt pan. It also indicated that the metal mesh separating the lake from the salt pan were rusty and torn at many points. In addition, there was a leakage from underneath the mesh, caused by turmoil and movements in the sand bed.

In accordance with these reports, the company swiftly started on the repair plan, while undertaking all costs. The first step was rebuilding the stone barrier to the highest possible water level, using lime-stone, a material better suited for the water’s salinity. The metal mesh were replaced by nylon ones, and fastened onto the sand bed by heavy chains.

In accordance with the project’s goal of grass-root involvement in sustainable development, fishermen were encouraged to make suggestions for the problem, and invited to take part in the practical steps of mending the filters. After the repairs were completed, it was agreed upon that local fishermen will be responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the filters.

> Printable version of this page

Medwetcoast Presentation
Référencement gratuit Contact Webmaster - Liens