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?

  • Potential sites for pilot areas and a list of adaptation measures have been identified pending to be finalized on receiving the final results of additional studies.
  • The design for the beach nourishment soft engineering pilot project is carried out by Coastal Research Institute Engineers in cooperation with the project international consultant has already been initiated and will be tendered after completion for implementation

Who finances this project?

Global Environment Facility, Government of Egypt, United Nations Development Programme, DFID/IDRC

Delivery in previous fiscal year

US$ 82,292.48


  • 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 of the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation
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