UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative meets with Fayoum Governor and visits Wadi El Hitan Protected Area

Nov 17, 2016

In the photo, the Climate Change and Fossil Museum which is the first of its kind in the region. UNDP Egypt/Jose Sanchez

The United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative a.i. Mr. El Mostafa Benlamlih, UNDP representatives and the Italian Cooperation held an important visit to Al Fayoum governorate on Thursday 17 November where they met with Governor of Fayoum Dr. Gamal Sami and visited a number of UNDP development projects.

During the governor meeting, the discussions revolved around environment projects in Fayoum and potential cooperation on the local level to benefit the community. This included, the cycling tracks as part of the Sustainable Transport for Egypt project, renovation of Wadi Rayan Waterfalls area, the need for an eco-lodge in Medawara area, renovation of the track to Wadi Hitan and the BioEnergy for Sustainable Rural Development project. 

The group then visited Wadi Rayan protected area and checked the area which will be renovated through the Egyptian-Italian Environmental project. This area will include renovation of the cafeterias and toilettes around the area. To visit local communities and their economic activities, they visited an NGO which trains young women on pottery and the shop where the pots are sold was visited to promote and support their outstanding artifacts.

A visit took place to Wadi Hitan where the open museum and the climate change and fossil museum was visited. The museum was launched in January 2016 and is considered the first in region. It is known for its uniqueness and its rare collection of fossils dating back to millions of years ago. It also features a unique architectural design to suit the environment and nature of Wadi El Hitan. 

The following day, the group visited a biogas unit in a village called Tamia in Fayoum governorate. The owners explained to the group the unit usage and its results which proved to be cost-effective. The sludge that comes of the unit is used for fertilization which is needed for agricultural purposes.

Participants to the field visit included Biodiversity and Protected Areas Team Leader Amany Nakhla, Mr. Matteo Rongione from the Italian Cooperation, Architect Gabriel Toma, Environmentalist and Designer of the fossil museum and Dr. Yousria Hamid, Project Manager.