Evaluating the Potential of a Green Economy in Tunisia: A System Dynamics Modelling Approach for the Solid Waste Management Sector

  • Salma HaliouiEmail author
  • Michelle Heese
  • Michael Schmidt
Part of the Natural Resource Management in Transition book series (NRMT, volume 2)


With the passing of the 30th anniversary of the famous mile stone in the establishment of a sustainable future for our planet—the Brundtland Report—and its appeal to meet “the needs and aspirations of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (WCED 1987, p. 41), it is time to recapitulate on the efforts taken. The latest Living Planet Index visualises again how fragile the state of the planet still is, and which continuing losses to the natural environment this world is still facing (WWF 2016). This impact of humanity is dramatically interfering with the environment and will lead to an even higher degradation of global ecosystems in the near future. The current trend of misuse and misallocation of resources makes it clear that an urgent shift to greener management of environmental and economic activities is needed. However, while there is obviously a need for the establishment of a green economy and a transition to global sustainable development, a clear, universal path to a successful green economy has yet to be defined (Allen and Clouth 2012).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Salma Halioui
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michelle Heese
    • 1
  • Michael Schmidt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental PlanningBrandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU)CottbusGermany

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