New App Helps Tunisian Citizens Report Environmental Abuse

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The government of Tunisia has launched a mobile application to enable citizens send realtime reports on environmental abuse and violation in their vicinity, ITnewsafrica reports.

The new app, Zoomi is one of the government’s several initiative at curbing environmental pollution in the country and further improve the standard of living.

“It allows users to report any environmental violations by sending a photo with a comment to the Ministry of the Environment and the local municipality,” said Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Nejib Derouiche.

Zoomi was launched by Ooredoo (formerly known as Qtel), a telco provider based in Qatar. It is free and available in Arabic and French translations.

The Tunisian government has been working actively at stemming environmental degradation since 2014 when it embedded climate change into its constitution. The proviso requires the Tunisian government to provide necessary means to eliminate environmental pollution. In September 2014, the country restructured its waste management agency and involved the private sector in collection and sorting of waste.

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