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Project Demonstration of wastewater treatment in Tunisian tanneries

-The leather sector is one of the most important economic sectors in Tunisia. Export to the EU has increased by 10-fold since 1997. However, the industrial processes involved in leather production have a very negative impact on the environment due the high quantities of water and chemicals used. Wastewater treatment technologies are rarely applied in the Tunisian tanneries.
-In order to comply with environmental legislation, to contribute to sustainable development of the country, and to improve the competitiveness of the leather sector, the development and introduction of wastewater treatment systems are necessary.
-Therefore, there is a need to improve the CNCC’s capacities.

Project number LIFE04 TCY/TN/000063
Subject(s) no translation available
Acronym LIFE
Geographical coverage Tunisia
Budget (in €) 786600
Programme LIFE
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Objectives The main objective of the project is to promote and improve the use of wastewater treatment technologies in the tannery industries in Tunisia.

The specific objectives are to:

* Study the requirements of CNCC’s laboratory and purchase the necessary equipment for wastewater analysis;
* Carry out a comparative study of the current wastewater treatment situation in Tunisia;

* Set-up two mobile pilot prototypes for wastewater treatment;

* Demonstrate the prototypes in a selected tannery;

* Dissemination project results through publications, presentations, and workshops
Results Not applicable while project is ongoing.
Period [01/01/2005 - 31/12/2007]


  • Centre National du Cuir et de la Chaussure
    -The beneficiary is a technical centre under the supervision of the Ministry of Industry and Energy of Tunisia.
    -The CNCC’s objectives are to provide strategy and quality analysis, technical assistance, laboratory tests, training courses, and to promote the leather sector.
    Coordinator acts as project coordinator
    Country Tunisia
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    Contact Mr BEN ABDALLAH Mohamed,
    Position: Project Manager
    Phone/fax: 71 216 432183, 71 216 432283
  • Instituto tecnológico del calzado y conexas:- INESCOP
    - INESCOP está implantado también en : Elche, Baleares, Almansa, Rioja, Villena, Vall D'Uixó, Illueca, Murcia, Fuensalida.
    - Es una organización de servicios para las industrias de calzado, sus conexas y auxiliares, formada por las propias empresas para abordar colectivamente actividades tecnológicas de interés sectorial que no pueden ser llevadas a cabo individualmente. Sus servicios son : investigación, tecnología, formación, documentación, moda, calidad etc.
    Country Spain
    Web site
    Contact ,
    Phone/fax: 965 395 213 / 965 380 062, 965 381 045.

Funding sources

  • European Commission
    Source EC LIFE
    Programme LIFE
    Funding rate 68