Support to the Egyptian Protected Areas (SEPA)

What is this project about?

UNDP 2014

Support to the Egyptian Protected Areas (SEPA) project is to be considered as a natural evolution of the Egyptian-Italian Environmental Cooperation Programme (EIECP). In this framework, It will contribute to the guarantee the sustainability of the activities undertakes to enhance the System of the Protected Areas of Egypt, in preparation of the third forthcoming phase of the EIECP and through complementary and synergic actions to the UNDP-GEF project ‘’Strengthening Protected Areas’ financing and management systems’’. The intervention will carry out its activities in Siwa Protected Area, Wadi el Rayan Protected Areas, Gilf Kebir National Park, Wadi Gamal National Park, the Eastern Desert and the recently declared salloum Protected Areas. The project will further strengthen the Management Units of the targeted Protected Areas (PAMUs), develop sustainable tourism, as well as contribute to the promotion of world-class parks, which can enhance the conservation of both the natural and cultural heritage, from one side, and act as a propulsive instrument for the socio-economic sustainable development of the local communities, from the other.

What have we accomplished so far?

  • Siwa PA Supporting the establishment of an administrative building office
  • WGNP Upgrading the PAMUs Headquarters of WGNP in Marsa Alam and Hamata
  • WGNP Enhancing the archaeological and cultural heritage for sustainable tourism promotion through mapping the roman sites in the area and in coordination with the Supreme Council of Antiquities
  • Siwa PA, WGNP, WRPA, Training the 3 PAMUs’ staff
  • Providing Targeted PAs with office devices
  • WRPA Establishment of Wadi el Hitan fossil museum in Wadi el Rayan Protected Area   
  • Producing a set of information, communication and outreach tools         

Who finances this project?

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Delivery in previous fiscal year




  • The aim of the project is to ensure the biodiversity and nature conservation by establishing a sustainable protected area financing and management system in Egypt.
  • Among the 5 targeted Protected Areas’, Wadi Rayan will be considered as a model for the successful development and management of other PAs.
  • Siwa Protected Area needs to be supported in terms of effective management and conservation.
  • Wadi Gamal National Park, declared as a Protected Area in January 2003, has different potential revenue generating scenario, which will be developed by the GEF-UNDP Project.
Project Overview
Project Start Date:
2012 (effective start date 1st of October 2013)
Estimated End Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Siwa, Wadi El Rayan and Wadi Gamal National Park
Focus Area:
Environment and Energy
Goal 7 – Ensuring Environmental Sustainability
Project Officer:
Amany Nakhla
Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs (MSEA) Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA)