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Water for Phosphate, Not People

Inter Press Service: Gafsa region in the south of Tunisia was once an oasis; today the phosphate industry has plunged it into a water crisis. "This summer for the first time we had water cuts on a daily basis," says Lakhdar Souid, coordinator of the Blue Plan for a Green Tunisia. "Gafsa (343 km south of capital Tunis) and the neighbouring towns were deeply affected." The Blue Plan, or the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), a joint initiative of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the European...