$15 million worth of new environmental projects in EgyptSep 15, 2015
The Ministry of Environment in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the technical support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has succeeded in obtaining a new package of grants from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) worth $11 million to implement three projects within the national environmental priorities and promote Egypt’s partnership with the international community as regards to the implementation of international environmental conventions. Additionally, the Government of Italy has provided $4 million to implement the Third Phase of the Egyptian-Italian Environmental Cooperation Programme (EIECP), which is implemented under the supervision of UNDP. These projects are planned to attract investments from the private sector.
This package includes a safe health and electronic waste management programme in order to reduce emissions of harmful solid organic pollutants. This programme is implemented by the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Ministries of Health and Communications and Information Technology. The second project aims to increase the locally-manufactured component in the micro-photovoltaic cell units and deploy their use on rooftops of private and public facilities to generate electricity and complement and invest the state’s efforts in promoting renewable energy technologies in Egypt. The Ministry of Industry will implement the project in coordination with the Ministries of Environment and Electricity and Renewable Energy.
While the third project is concerned with national reporting on greenhouse gas emissions in order to fulfil Egypt's obligations towards the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The fourth project deals with the protection of nature and the promotion of eco-tourism, and aims to develop the most promising sites in Egypt’s natural reserves such as Siwa, Wadi El Gemmal, Wadi El Rayan and the White Desert, in the fast-growing niche that eco-tourism represents worldwide.
Today, Cairo House hosted the signing ceremony of the “Safe Healthcare and E-Waste Management” project document as well as Phase III of the Egyptian-Italian Environmental Cooperation Programme. The two documents were signed by Eng. Ahmed Abu Al Saud, Head of Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), Ambassador Sherif Rifaat, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Ignacio Artaza, UNDP Country Director, and in the presence of Dr. Khaled Fahmy, Minister of Environment, Mr. Marco Platzer, Head of the Italian Cooperation and Ms. Anita Nirody, UNDP Resident Representative. The other two projects will be signed shortly upon final revision of the project documentation.