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Industrial Wastes in Bou Ismail, Algeria

Since 2005, Bou Ismail has been suffering from the consequences of industrial waste water discharge from the nearby industrial zone.


For years, the beaches and sea of Bou Ismail have been degraded and polluted by the nearby industrial zone, and specifically the Tonic Industries, a company specialized in producing paper and packaging. 

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Industrial Wastes in Bou Ismail, Algeria
State or province:Tipaza
Location of conflict:Bou Ismail
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict: 1st level:Waste Management
Type of conflict: 2nd level :Landfills, toxic waste treatment, uncontrolled dump sites
Water treatment and access to sanitation (access to sewage)
Manufacturing activities
Specific commodities:Industrial waste
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

The Tonic Group is comprised of:

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Type of populationUrban
Start of the conflict:2005
Company names or state enterprises:Tonic Industries from Algeria - Main polluter of the bay
Relevant government actors:Ministry of the Environment and Renewable Energy
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Algérie Propre:
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Forms of mobilization:Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Waste overflow, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Other Environmental impacts, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Other Environmental impactsSoil pollution
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Under negotiation
Development of alternatives:In the petition, EJOs are demanding the industries to put an end to their destruction of nature and the environment under the pretext of developing the industry and creating jobs. Stating that there are technologies and processes that are more respectful of nature and the environment that should be adopted.
They want the effluents and polluting discharges of the industrial zone be treated on the spot, so that the poisoning of the population of Bou-Ismail
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:In June 2017, the minister of the environment visited the area and stated the water treatment plant will soon be operational. However, as of March 2018, nothing has been said about it.
Sources and Materials
Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

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[2] - Un ministre à Bou Ismail où "la flore est décimée, les oursins exterminés et le littoral empoisonné"
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[3] - Le groupe Tonic s'engage à résoudre (enfin?) le problème de ses déchets industriels
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[1] - SOS - Pollution de la ville de Bou-Ismail
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Catastrophe écologique gigantesque à Bou Ismail. Le pouvoir algérien passif.
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Pollution à Bou Ismail (Algérie)
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Other documents

Pollution of the Bou Ismail Beach
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Areal Photo of the Waste Water Discharge - 2013
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Areal Photo of the Waste Water Discharge - 2015
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Contributor:Christophe Maroun - [email protected]
Last update12/03/2018
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