Case study | Energy and energy efficiency, Good management practices, Reducing GHG emissions

Sustainable Planning and Retrofitting of Industrial Parks in Tunisia

© GIZ, Tunisia

During a workshop in December 2012, the most affected Ministries articulated the priorities concerning the planning, design and setting up of industrial parks in Tunisia. The top priorities identified were the establishment of a feasibility study before setting up an industrial park, the elaboration of a Site Master Plan for each industrial park (including existing ones), the elaboration of an exhaustive list of criteria for selecting a site for industrial parks, and the elaboration of propositions for a better management within industrial parks. The elaboration of a manual that helps policy makers and planning departments to develop a Site Master Plan as a strategic tool for each industrial park followe

Main features and components

A Site Master Plan was elaborated as a strategic tool for the development of industrial parks that take into consideration the elements mentioned above. A Site Master Plan integrates the concept of sustainable development throughout development operations, brings coherence to interventions, defines the kind of project to be implemented, proposes objectives and means and gives them priority, and assesses the projects’ feasibility while introducing elements of a context as broad as possible (international, national, regional, local) and a territorial scope.

The Site Master Plan is conceived as a reference document and an analysis tool that precedes the establishment of an industrial park. It aims at eliminating, or at least considerably reducing, the negative effects that the activities of an industrial park might cause. At the same time it highlights the assets and the environment of the industrial park in order to render it an economic and commercial success.

The results can lay the ground for following planning steps and for a future sustainable management of the park. The objective is to generalise this approach after having tested it on the creation of a new industrial park and on the requalification of an already existing one. This means that the elaboration of a Site Master Plan can become a new standard for the design of industrial parks in Tunisia.

Implementation and work steps

  • Develop a Site Master Plan for the industrial park focussing on sustainability principles, economic, ecologic and social objectives, well planned and integrated infrastructure, and an efficient management.
  • SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) at five levels: international, national, regional, local and host site.


  • Elaboration of a manual that helps policy makers and planning departments to develop a Site Master Plan as a strategic tool for each industrial park (new and already existing)
  • Contribution to the standardisation of the design of industrial parks



Phase of intervention

Designing SIA, Master planning, Retrofitting

Level of intervention

Planning level





Target groups

Industrial area management and operator, Local and international consultant and advisor, Municipality, Private investors

GIZ project

Sustainable Management of Industrial Areas (ReCapZI)

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