The Opening Ceremony of Wadi Degla & the Petrified Forest

Feb 10, 2018

The entrance of the Petrified Forest in the middle of New Cairo. UNDP Egypt/Fatma Elzahraa Yassin

The Ministry of Environment, together with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the Financial Sustainability of Protected Areas Project have been working on establishing a development plan for both Wadi Degla and the Petrified Forest Protected Areas in Cairo, making it ready for the public.

Following the rigorous development interventions that started last April 2017, an opening ceremony was held today at the Petrified Forest and Wadi Degla in the presence of the Minister of Environment Dr. Khaled Fahmy, UNDP Country Director Ms. Randa Aboul-Hosn, members of the parliament, UNDP representatives, Head of the Italian Cooperation in Egypt, representatives of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, universities, governmental bodies, press, partners and collaborators, as well as nature lovers and the general public.

The Petrified Forest will be open to the public for the first time, marking the petrified trees areas (the Open-Air Museum), building new walking trail, installing information panels, directional signs, information points, tents, camp sites, and seating areas. Building the right facilities was integral to ensure the inclusion of the persons with disabilities, along with advancing the infrastructure and all visitor’s facilities (water stations, bathrooms, information centers, and administrative offices).  

Parallel results have been achieved in Wadi Degla protected areas with the installation of new information panels, and border signs, a children’s playground, mountain biking lanes, handicrafts market, a botanical garden, the Park trails, and an expanded parking lot. This, along with improving the quality of water circuits, security booths, and equipping the administrative offices with the necessary supplies.

In this demanding environment, the Financial Sustainability of Protected Areas project, supported by UNDP, executes the necessary interventions and underpins the Ministry’s plan to develop and conserve the Protected Areas in Egypt. The project is committed to raising awareness of the biodiversity’s importance of biodiversity in protected areas, improving management and financially sustainability, supporting the local communities, and advancing the parks’ infrastructure. 

Contact information

For more infromation, please contact:

Fatma Elzahraa Yassin

Communications Analyst 

fatma.yassin@undp.org

 

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