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Environment: We seek to implement environmental tourism projects that are compatible with sustainable management systems for natural reserve resources

Minister of the Environment, Dr. Yasmine Fouad, said that we seek to implement eco-tourism projects that are compatible with the characteristics of the Egyptian environment and sustainable management systems for natural reserve resources in a way that benefits local communities and achieves economic returns.



This came during the Minister’s meeting with the Governor of South Sinai, Khaled Fouda, today, Thursday, to discuss a number of common topics, the executive position, and developments in the green projects being implemented in South Sinai, as part of the Minister’s tour in the Governorate. To follow up on the construction work in the village of Gharqana in the Nabq Reserve.

The Minister thanked the Governor of South Sinai for the efforts he is making, especially in the city of Sharm El-Sheikh, reviewing the work that has been accomplished in the project to develop the village of Gharqana in the Nabq Reserve for the benefit of the people of the local community residing in the reserve, and the best Ways to jointly manage the village after completing its establishment through the Ministries of Environment, Social Solidarity, and Governorate.

The two sides discussed the executive position of the “Blue Hole” area development plan. In the Dahab area and offering it for investment, and the work that was completed in the project to transform the city of Sharm El Sheikh into a green city “Green Sharm”. Which includes working on several basic axes, the most important of which is relying on the use of low-carbon technologies, such as relying on solar energy and other mechanisms and effective waste management; To make the most of it.

Work is also being done to introduce new and renewable technologies, develop a model plan for waste, rely on green transportation, and work to reduce water losses by improving the efficiency of desalination and sewage treatment plants to save water losses, in addition to To preserve biodiversity to support conservation measures and preserve natural resources in Sharm El Sheikh; To advance the city in an integrated manner that includes all dimensions of sustainable development.

During the meeting, developments in environmental procedures for the electrical interconnection project between the cities of Nuweiba and Catherine were discussed, the Ministry’s contribution to lighting some of the roads in Sharm El-Sheikh, and the projects that are being implemented to raise transportation efficiency. And the safe disposal of waste in the governorate, including the sanitary landfill in Sharm El-Sheikh, which was implemented at a cost of 35 million pounds and is located on an area of ​​10 acres with a capacity of about 349 thousand m3. It is a sanitary burial cell that contains a network of pipes to collect leachate liquid and an evaporation lake. The landfill also has many The necessary equipment for operations and is surrounded by a network of service roads around the cell and the lake.

They also discussed mechanisms for safe disposal of wastewater at the level of the city of Sharm El-Sheikh. To preserve the civilized appearance that befits the city of Sharm El-Sheikh, as it is a green city, they agreed that the Ministry of Environment would contribute to supporting the governorate financially with the project to complete the “Saghir Well” road. in Nuweiba to serve the local population and the tourism movement, as well as contribute to supporting financial allocations to operate the central park in Sharm El-Sheikh.

The Minister of Environment explained that all the work carried out in the park was carried out in accordance with sustainability standards and environmental requirements, adding that the development of the park comes in light of the interest With afforestation efforts to create environmental balance and prevent desertification, given that trees act as a major wind deflector, give splendor and beauty to the surrounding area, and protect the lands from any environmental damage.

For his part, the Governor of South Sinai thanked the Minister of Environment for her continuous efforts to advance Environmental work, reviewing a number of measures implemented by the governorate in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and relevant ministries; To activate and consolidate the concept of sustainable cities, represented by the city of Sharm El-Sheikh.

He stressed the governorate’s commitment to full cooperation in an integrated framework with the Ministry of Environment and all development partners and stakeholders. To continue the successes achieved in the governorate.

It is noteworthy that the Minister of Environment had undertaken an inspection tour to follow up on the construction work in the village of Gharqana in the Nabq Reserve in South Sinai, announcing that all foundation work for 51 housing units in the village of Gharqana had been completed, and that all Construction work is progressing according to the set schedule for completion in the near future. To be a living example of development that takes into account the environmental and heritage dimensions, in support of the local population and environmental investment in the Nabq Reserve.  

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