In celebration of World Environment Day 2021 we join the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, to prevent, reverse and halt the degradation of ecosystems in Egypt through the launching of the first Red Sea Marine Conservation campaign in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) as part of the ECO EGYPT campaign over the course of the next three months, ending August 2021.
Your most cherished memories.
From building sandcastles to seeing beautiful creatures on the shore and in the sea, these moments create long-lasting memories from our childhood into adult life, in turn, making us who we are.
How can we ensure that our children inherit the same treasured memories?
On our family beach vacations, we are often unaware of tourism and human activities’ pressures on the natural environment, inflicting serious consequences on biodiversity, economic productivity, local cultures, livelihoods, and human health.
Today, the conservation of the world’s oceans, seas, and delicate marine environment has become essential to secure the health and wellbeing of all living species.
A complicated relationship between humanity and the sea.
In Egypt, approximately 80% of inbound and local travelers target the Red Sea region; one of the most sensitive biodiversity hubs remaining globally. However, the increasing influx of tourists in the Egyptian Red Sea region has added negative pressures on this pristine ecosystem.
Although tourists, beachgoers, and watersport enthusiasts continue to enjoy this beautiful coastline; some remain oblivious to their detrimental contribution to waste generation, littering, unsustainable diving, and snorkeling practices, as well as the feeding and collection of marine species. Human pressures placed on the ecosystem are also often the basis of coral diseases that affect both coral populations and reef-associated species.