Adaptation to Climate Change in the Nile Delta Through Integrated Coastal Zone Management

What is the project about?

UNDP 2013

In partnership with the Coastal Research Institute and Shore Protection Authority of the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, the project aims to integrate the management of Sea Level Rise risks into the development of Egypt’s Low Elevation Coastal Zone (LECZ) in the Nile Delta by strengthening the regulatory framework and institutional capacity to improve resilience of coastal settlements and development infrastructure, implement innovative and environmentally friendly measures that facilitate/promote adaptation in the Nile Delta, and establish a monitoring and assessment framework and knowledge management systems on adaptation.

What have we accomplished so far?

  • Selection of pilot site locations and adaptation techniques (Beach nourishment using dredged material for pilot site 1 and dike application for pilot site 2).
  • Design adaptation techniques for each pilot site based on topographic survey, 2d numerical modeling, site condition analysis and expert judgment.
  • Tendering pilot site 2 (Dike application).
  • Preparation of tenders for pilot site 1(Soon will be tendered).
  • Assessing training needs and develop training programs for partners' staff.

Who finances this project?

Global Environment Facility

Government of Egypt

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


Delivery in previous fiscal year

$ 134,274.15 (2014)


  • The dominant feature of Egypt’s Northern Coastal Zone is the low lying delta of the River Nile, with its large cities, industry, flourishing agriculture and tourism (all significant contributors to Egypt’s economy). The delta and the narrow valley of the Nile comprise only 5.5% of Egypt’s total area, but over 95% of its people and its agriculture. With the exception of small areas of cultivated land in the oases of the western desert, the coastlands west of the delta, and in Northern Sinai, the rest of Egypt is desert.
  • One of the most certain consequences of global warming is a rise in mean sea level. As a result, coastal zones are regarded as one of the most vulnerable areas to climate change.
  • Of further particular concern are future impacts of increased flooding frequency, inundation of coastal areas, and saltwater intrusion to the groundwater table.
  • The project would support the development and demonstration of adaptive capacity, as well as the implementation of environment-friendly adaptation measures, thus protecting and increasing the resilience of the coastal zones in the Nile Delta.
Project Overview
Project start date:
Estimated end date:
Geographic coverage:
Nile Delta
Focus Area:
Environment and Energy
Goal 7 – Ensure environmental sustainability
Project officer:
Mohamed Bayoumi
Coastal Research Institute and Shore Protection Authority of the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation
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