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Signing a protocol of cooperation between the Ministry of environment and Giza governorate to develop the system of collection and transportation of municipal solid waste in Dokki , Agouza and North Giza districts.


Today Dr. Laila Iskandar , Minister of State for Environmental Affairs , and Dr. Ali Abdul Rahman the governor of Giza have signed a protocol of cooperation to develop solid waste management system and improve services, by implementing a pilot project to develop collecting and transporting system from residential areas of Dokki , Agouza and North Giza districts, and ithis protocol will extend until next October.

This protocol comes within the framework of improving and encouraging the process of separating waste from the source and the development of management system of municipal solid waste and the development of new mechanisms of collecting wastes from houses by separating it into two main components (organic wastes - solid waste ) .

Dr. Laila Iskandar Confirmed that the first phase begins with El Doki district for six months , two months later the second phase starts including Agouza and North Giza districts ,

It is worth mentioning that part of the support provided by the Ministry of Environment will be addressed to provide the collecting vehicles and handling mobile stations (40 vehicles 5 tons - 10 pistons 22 tons ) .

The Giza governorate will take the necessary legal procedures to enable the heads of districts from contracting management, surveillance and monitoring in coordination with the cleanliness and beautification agency in Giza, and the application of the monitoring system .


A protocol of joint program between the Egyptian and Italian ministries of the environment to declare city of El Gouna in Hurghada as carbon neutral city.


Dr. Laila Iskandar, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs with Mr. clini corrado official in the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea and Mr. Sameh Sawiris on behalf of city of El Gouna in Hurghada have signed a protocol of joint program to implement a joint program for the sustainable management and carbon neutral to the city of El Gouna for a period of 3 years on the basis of equity and mutual benefit.

The protocol aims to support transforming the city of El Gouna towards low-carbon emissions through the analysis of the current energy consumption and carbon emissions through integrated planning for the implementation of low-emission measurements of carbon.

Through this protocol several major activities will be developed, including the analysis of inventory of greenhouse gas emissions of El Gouna city to identify its main sources and determine these measurements to reduce these emissions and to integrate it with additional programs which are implemented in the site such as energy efficiency , energy conservation in buildings and electric vehicles and management of low-carbon resources and water recycling .

Through this protocol a steering committee will be formed to ratify the work program by the end of January to identify initiatives that will be implemented to accomplish the goals and timetable of implementation and the form of technical support and monitoring.

It is worth mentioning that El Gouna city is committed to promoting initiatives with the aim of minimizing environmental impacts, such as the use of renewable energies both in residential and collective sectors , the use of treated sewage water in the planting of green spaces and re-use and recycling of 85% of waste and implementation of local grow organic products .


Private screening for documentary film about Wadi Elgimal National Park in the Egyptian Opera House in collaboration with the Culture Palaces

In the framework of the continuous efforts of the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs to promote the environmental tourism, the ministry has organized a Private screening for documentary film about Wadi Elgimal National Park in cooperation with the General Authority for Cultural Palaces in the Small Theater of Opera House on Sunday 19th Jan, at six PM. This came in the framework of activating the Cultural and cinema Exchange and to open new prospects for cooperation in the field of audiovisual media between the two parties.
The film includes a presentation for the most important features of Wadi Elgimal National Park and clarifying flora and fauna habitats, in addition to documenting what it includes from natural heritage in order to put it on the eco-tourism map in line with its value , thereafter this documentary film will be displayed in the Egyptian television and theaters of the Public Authority for Cultural Palaces .

it is worthy mentioning that this production of this documentary films comes as the second joint cooperation between the Ministry and the Culture Palaces where the first cooperation was a documentary film about Nabq protected area, Southern Sinai and as part of the protocol of cooperation signed between the two sides to produce a series of documentary films about protected areas in Egypt to promote eco-tourism, internally and locally.

The Ministry of Environment through the protocol of cooperation has provided the scientific support for the film and provided the scientific material in addition to the selection of important sites in the national park as well as technical support through the provision of professional photography cameras team .





















A new cooperation with the Ministry of Scientific Research in the field of documenting nature reserves


Dr. Laila Rashid Iskandar , Minister of State for Environmental Affairs met. Dr. Walaa Sheta Professor of Computer and Systems at the Ministry of Scientific Research to discuss means of cooperation in the field of documenting nature reserves using the modern laser technology , the meeting was attended by experts from the Ministry of Scientific Research and a number of leaders of the Ministry of Environment from natural reserves sector and environmental awareness department .
The meeting reviewed the modern techniques used in the field of scientific documentation. Dr . Laila Iskandar confirmed on the importance of implementing such projects in documenting natural protected areas for its cultural and civilizational priceless importance, as well as to preserve the natural heritage Where they agreed on the proposal for choosing Wadi Elhitan in El Fayoum governorate as a world natural heritage area to discuss documentation means .
During the meeting it was also discussed a preparation of a protocol of cooperation between the Ministries of Environment and ministry of Scientific Research and Higher Education in this field to promote cooperation in documenting our cultural and humanitarian heritage.
During the meeting it was also discussed a proposal for joint project to involve the Ministry of Environment in the Electronic African Network in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications , which aims to connect the African continent and India with electronic network to provide education , medicine, and environmental awareness in various areas of environmental field provided by a number of Indian , Egyptian and African universities.


The Minister of state for Environmental Affairs travels to the Swiss capital Geneva to attend the Ministerial Summit of the 2014 Group on Earth Observations(GEO).

Today Dr. Laila Iskandar, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs leaves Cairo to the Swiss capital Geneva to participate in the ministerial summit of the Group on Earth Observations, which is held during the period from 14 to January 17, 2014, immediately after the tenth plenary session attended by all members on 15 and 16 January .
This session will finalize the Earth Observation Summit Declaration then the Ministerial Summit will approve this declaration, it is worth mentioning that this summit will be accompanied by an exhibition Summit will be attended by all the members.
This Summit will showcase successes of GEO over the past years and future challenges .more over this summit will endorse the continuation for the next decade in view to providing decision makers with access to timely , integrated and actionable data and information about the earth system for sustainable development.
It is worth mentioning that 2015 will come to the end of its initial 10 years mandate, so this summit will be endorse the continuation of this summit to the next ten years.


The Minister of state for Environmental Affairs casts her ballot on theconstitution in one of Heliopolis schools in Egypt

Dr. Laila Iskandar , Minister of State for Environmental Affairs casts her ballot today on the referendum on the constitution in Almazah primary school in Elhoria Street in Heliopolis .

Dr. Laila expressed her happiness with this democratic process taking place in Egypt now calling the whole Egyptians to go and cast their ballots to participate positively in Egypt's future and the steps of the road map as the only way to proceed to the stage of Egypt's stability and to get rid of the state of Chaos.

The minister pointed out that 2013 constitution is a constitution of all Egyptians that preserves the right of citizenship and raise the slogan of sustainable development as a pillar of the Egyptian economy , and puts the basic cure for many of the issues and saves the Egyptians right in a clean environment .


The ministers of Environment and Housing are in an expanded meeting to environmental compliance.


Today Dr / Laila Iskandar - Minister of State for Environmental Affairs meets Engineer Ibrahim Mahlab - Minister of Housing and Urban Development at the Ministry of Housing premises to discuss the opportunities for implementing projects to generate solar power in Egypt through the use of solar power concentrates, which is considered the most advanced technology to make use of energy in Egypt .

The meeting reviewed the opportunities for the implementation of this project in collaboration with the Ministry of Housing through its application on one of the new urban communities in addition to the discussion of the proposed vocational training of cadres of Egypt in the operation and manufacture of these stations through the development of trilateral protocol of cooperation among the ministries of Environment, Housing and Education for the training and education of cadres through allocating schools in the field of new and renewable energy , to create a trained staff and to open new job opportunities through solar power generation projects .
During the meeting all parties have agreed to form a joint working group between the ministries of environment and housing for the application of solar energy modal.
On the other hand there is currently cooperation between the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs and the Ministry of Military Production to study the possibility of the application of solar projects through the implementation of these units locally in Egypt to reduce the cost and support the national economy.


Ministry of environment succeeds in forcing more than 50 facilities to achieve their environmental compliance.

The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs through the Department of Environmental compliance has succeeded in forcing more than 50 facilities to achieve their environmental compliance during the last quarter of 2013 . Dr. Ahlam Faroq, Director General of the General Administration of environmental compliance explained that the facilities have provided their compliance plans with different activities in the fields of nutrition , meat, paper and cardboard, cement, rubber, ceramics, porcelain and furniture, fertilizers, metals, batteries and dyeing also it included water and electricity stations, hotels and hospitals.

Dr. Ahlam Faroq, also added that the administration has implemented many workshops and seminars for environmental awareness, which aims to find solutions to overcome the energy crisis and the challenges of sustainable development and the risks which result from the use of charcoal and its negative impacts on public health and the environment, as well as mechanisms to reduce the risk of charcoal kilns in the field of tourism In addition to following -up all establishments to ensure their compliance with the timetable for the implementation of their compliance plan


Egypt and Saudi Arabia sign the first executive program of bilateral cooperation in the environmental fields.

Pro. Khaled Fahmi, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs and Prince Turki bin Nasser bin Abdul Aziz, General President of Meteorology and Environmental Protection in Saudi Arabia, have signed the executive program between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, to promote cooperation and development of environmental relations between the two countries, in the framework of the ministerial meeting of the fifteenth session of the Council of PERSGA held in Saudi Arabia.

Pro. Khaled Fahmy confirmed that the program comes within the framework of activating the memorandum of understanding between the two countries concerning the technical cooperation in the field of environmental protection, which was signed in November 2005 in Cairo, where the program aims to exchange of experiences between the two countries and the preparation of joint projects in several fields, including environmental legislations, integrated coastal management and marine policies, negotiation skills in the issues of climate change, in addition to environmental information systems, environmental monitoring, treatment and recycling of wastewater.

Pro. Khaled has assured that both sides have agreed through the program to develop a common framework for training and capacity building of the Saudi side in a number of environmental fields, including waste management (solid - Agricultural - hazardous), and management of nature reserves and conservation of biodiversity, eco-tourism, especially desert tourism, and the preparation of project proposals to attract foreign aid, management and sewage treatment for the cultivation of forests and green belts .

The program also includes cooperation between the two countries and the establishment of joint ventures in the fields of hazardous waste and solid waste management in addition to the management of nature reserves, training and environmental awareness, and the exchange of strategies and policies related to the field of biodiversity and combating desertification, as well as environmental and sustainable development indicators, eco-tourism, and improving the urban environment, as well as supporting communication between the institutions of civil society in the field of the environment, and the development of green spaces, and environmental citizenship.



Minister of State for Environmental Affairs participates in the Conference on Sustainable Development (Challenges and Prospects) in Cairo University ...Fahmy : the importance of the application of sustainable development concept in all aspects of life.

The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs participates today in a conference organized by Cairo University entitled " sustainable development Challenges and Prospects" at the conferences' center, in the presence of Pro/ Khaled Fahmy, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs , Dr./ Heba Nassar, Vice President of Cairo University for society and the environmental affairs , Mr. / Ignacio Larter Country Director for UNDP and Dr. / Hossam Kamel, president of Cairo University in addition to a group of leaders from the Ministry of Environment and university professors.

The conference agenda included a number of important issues, including renewable energy whether solar and nuclear and the role of renewable energy in achieving sustainability in energy supply in Egypt in addition to water economy and green economy issues as well as climate change and their expected impacts on water, health and sustainable development in Cairo and partnership between the private sector and the academic sector in sustainable development .
During his speech Mr / Ajnasioa has defined the concept of sustainable development, which means achieving the individuals needs at the present without infringing on the needs of the future generations, he also discussed the initiative of Millennium Development Goals, launched by UNDP in collaboration with Cairo University, which includes 8 developmental goals set by presidents of the world countries during the UN millennium summit in 2000, including the eradication of poverty , hunger, achieving integrated primary education , promoting gender equality and women empowering, reducing child mortality , improve maternal health and combating HIV, malaria and other diseases in addition to ensuring environmental sustainability as well as establishing global partnership for development where the Cairo University launches campaigns to achieve Millennium Development Goals among Egyptian youth to raise awareness and achieving development and sustainability of these goals.

Prof. / Khaled Fahmy, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs has confirmed during his speech at the opening session of the conference on the importance of applying the concept of sustainable development in all aspects of life, as the economic growth has left a multiple problems including climate change, desertification and various types of pollution, so it is necessary that we take into account economic growth and social justice with the lowest possible impact on the environment.

Fahmi assured during his speech on the importance of youth participation, civil society and the private sector in solving environmental problems, we have a lot of problems and environmental challenges and we are able to respond by working together and contain the young people and train them properly, and he added that he will soon announce a national program to deal with the most important environmental problems like solid waste , this project is based on participatory and cooperation with civil society organizations.




Minister of Environment: The necessity to adopt green and sustainable policies to develop integrated ecosystem to achieve sustainable development

Prof. Khaled Fahmy, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs assured that the evaluation of the natural heritage capital of the States is one of the important issues for green development that we should focus on, because environmental protection is not only pollution control , human health and environment quality conservation, but also it means the sustainable management of natural resources, and the entire ecosystem and the services it provides, especially in light of the challenges that our countries face , which include water security, energy security and food security.

This came in the light of the Regional Workshop "Evaluation of natural heritage capital for green development in the Middle East and North Africa," which was held in Marseille, France from 26 to 27 March 2013.This workshop comes in the framework of the United Nations call to integrate environmental accounting in National Accounts of the States.
The Minister added that green and sustainable policies should be adopted to be able to face the various challenges, and the development of an integrated ecosystem and economic calculations to help us in the transition to green economy and sustainable development, where they can develop a national framework for the implementation of the recommendations of the workshop, which will be positively reflected on the Egyptian economy, and contribute to achieving sustainable development and preserving the right of future generations.

The workshop included the latest development in the United Nations regarding the environmental accounting system, and how it is incorporated in the national accounts at the national level for its direct impact on GNP, because the current system of national accounts does not provide real indicator of the development because it does not reflect the depletion and degradation of natural resources and ecosystems and the services they provide.

The workshop also called for integrating the cost of environmental degradation in national accounts and activating the polluter-pays principle (PPP), the workshop included presentation of the experiences of some countries which have implemented this system (the experience of Canada, Botswana, Mauritius, England).

It should be noted that the workshop is organized by the Marseille Center for Mediterranean Integration, the World Bank and WAVES Foundation , in addition to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and, UK (DEFRA).


Ministry of Environment launches initiative to rationalize expenditure of governmental consumption, entitled "Your decision is in your hand"

EEAA Launched initiative to rationalize expenditure of governmental consumption, entitled "Your decision is in your hand" during the first half of 2013,in order to activate the decision of the Ministry of Finance No. 9 for the year 2012 that stipulates on the rationalization of expenditure of governmental consumption, including electricity, drinking water consumption and telephone, where there is a research study is being conducted to select the best regional branch and natural protectorate that participated in the application of this decision.

Dr. Fatma Abu shouk CEO of EEAA confirmed that after the issuance of this decision this initiative has been coordinated between Finance and Administration sector ,regional branches , NCS and internal management services of EEAA, which aims to rationalize consumption and expenditure in order to make use of what is saved in other activities to maintain the public money, and indirectly preserve the assets of the ministry .

She added that there is an exploratory study is being conducted to know their consumption during the period from July 2012 to January 2013, where the results were sent to all branches to encourage them to join the initiative and modify their consumption rate.

The regional branches were divided into three segments, the regional branch of Tanta with higher employee’s number has achieved progress rather than the rest of branches while the regional branch of Suez with a medium density segment has also achieved a progress.

The best branch and natural protectorate will be rewarded according to their capacity to rationalize government consumption, and the winner branch will be honored which stimulates the rest of the branches on improving their performance in the rationalization of consumption rates.


Discussing ways to enhance cooperation between the Ministry of Environment and the Centre of Mediterranean Cooperation affiliated to the International Union for Nature Conservation


Prof. Khaled Fahmy, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs has met Mr. Antonio Troy director of the Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation affiliated to the International Union for Nature Conservation to discuss ways to enhance cooperation between the two entities in the field of nature protection.
Prof. Khaled Fahmy assured that this meeting has tackled several issues, including activation of the Centre's activities with Egypt and cooperation with North Africa, and to discuss Egypt's membership of the International Federation for Nature Conservation, and if it possible that the Ministry of Environment hosts the National Committee which is located currently in the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology.
The meeting also discussed the Union's activities in Northern African countries which have been previously discussed in the former meeting of the Union in September 2012 in South Africa, addressing biodiversity conservation, good governance and natural solutions such as how to adapt with climate change.
The two sides have also discussed issues of endangered species, invasive species, and nature reserves management and its efficiency, in addition to partnership of the private sector, civil society and local populations with nature reserves known as the participatory management of nature reserves, and discuss the possibility of involving a number of Egyptian experts in activities of the International Union for Nature Conservation.
Prof. Khaled Fahmy has called for holding an international conference in one of the Egyptian natural reserves about the methods of nature reserves’ management to support the exchange of experiences in the fields of nature protection , where civil society organizations, investors and the private sector will be invited and a number of recommendations will be issued on how to support eco-tourism , support the local community of natural reserves and encourage partnership with the private sector in this area.
the Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation has participated in many initiatives in Egypt, including declaration of Salloum protected area , the analysis of environmental legislation, in addition to the analysis and indicators of marine ecosystem in North Africa in cooperation with the National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries,
It is worth mentioning that Egypt joined the International Union for Nature Conservation since 1976, and Dr. Mohamed Abdel Fattah El kasass was director of the Union during the period from 1978 until 1984 where he was the first director from the developing countries, this union has a membership of more than 1200 member.


Environment: adherence to standards and mechanisms for eco-tourism has an effective role in supporting local population.

The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs (MSEA) participated in the Eco-Tourism Conference held in Alexandria Bibliotheca organized by CEDARE and European Union in cooperation with (MSEA). It was attended by Dr. Fatma Abou Shouk, Chief Executive Officer of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency and representatives from the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, CEDARE, European Union, Arab countries (Egypt, Tunisia and Jordan), foreign countries (France - Italy - Greece) and delegates from governorates of Alexandria and Matrouh.

The conference aims to support "Application of EU Environmental Requirements in Egyptian Hotels Project" funded by the European Union. This project focuses on promotion of eco-tourism and support local population in areas that the project will be implemented.

Dr. Abou Shouk confirmed that adherence to standards and mechanisms of eco-tourism have an effective role in supporting local population, conservation of wildlife and nature. In addition to its active role in increasing national income, improving payments balance, increasing job opportunities for Arab youth and play a leading role in heritage preservation. This will be realized only through encouraging this type of tourism among youth, displaying and sharing successful Arab experiences in eco-tourism field.

The conference highlighted number of programs and operational activities to protect the Mediterranean environment within the framework of the importance of cooperation and integration between peoples of the Mediterranean; especially in the fields of biodiversity, integrated environmental management of coastal areas ,natural protectorates; in addition to number of issues and programs to achieve sustainable development in the Mediterranean region .

The conference emphasized the importance of investing human capital, as it is the basis for achieving environmental progress. This represents the cornerstone for achieving sustainable development, especially a new phase of fruitful cooperation among Arab countries and the Arab countries and European partners begin.The conference also discussed the need to deepen environmental concepts such as eco-tourism, green economy, transfer of technology, new and renewable energy and integrated waste management.


Minister of Environment meets staff of EEAA Suez Regional Branch to discuss their demands

Dr. Khaled Fahmy, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs meets staff of EEAA Suez Regional Branch to discuss their demands: realize principle of equal opportunities in recruitment, promotion and equality in distributing wages and justice in disbursing incentives and rewards.

Minister of Environment clarified that the ministry is exerting great efforts to take care of its staff by implementing their legitimate demands to achieve equality and justice that does not contradict with law. He stressed the importance of teamwork and decentralization of management. He also confirmed that freedom of expression guaranteed to all and asked them to choose their representatives for the presidency of the Branch.

The Minister also discussed health demands, Dr. Fatma Abou Shouk, Chief Executive Officer of Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency confirmed that a Health Care Fund for employees has been declared to provide them with medical services in addition to health insurance in parallel with the Health Care Fund.

The meeting included discussions about raising employees' efficiency through implementing internal training courses in all fields to prepare them for work, policy development and decentralization of management. In addition to implementing system of rehabilitating industrial facilities through awareness programs about the importance of realizing compliance with environmental conditions of facilities particularly in governorates locating in Suez Branch area which is governorates of Suez , North Sinai, South Sinai, Ismailia and Port Said.

The Minister of State for Environmental Affairs and EEAA's Chief Executive Officer directed thanks to the Suez Branch staff for their success in rationalizing their consumption of water, electricity and phones in light of the government's direction to rationalize consumption of theses services.

This meeting conducted in the framework of series of meetings held by the minister with EEAA staff to discuss their demands to solve their problems and discuss their proposals. Previous meetings included an expanded meeting with ministry's staff, drivers and victims of the revolution working in EEAA whose numbers reached to 43 employees.


The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs establish private sector partnership unit to facilitate the implementation of huge environmental projects .

Prof. Khaled Fahmy, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs has agreed to establish private sector partnership unit PPP in the ministry to study the environmental projects scheduled to be implemented with the private sector within the framework of state's policy towards supporting partnership with the private sector and within activating the articles of law No. 67 for the year 2010 regulating the private sector partnership in state's developmental projects.
Prof. Khaled Fahmy assured that the projects that will be given the first priority are conversion of municipal solid waste to (fertilizer / fuel / electricity), projects industrial pollution abatement and eco-tourism in order to mobilize financial resources and to find solution for those urgent problems on Egyptian society, in addition to providing new job opportunities for young people.
His Excellency added that the next few months will witness the first tender to convert municipal solid waste into energy by working in 7 projects, where the central unit of PPP in the Ministry of Finance has prepared the preliminary studies for investments, and the proposed sites in the governorates of Egypt are currently being selected , and the projects will be operated with BOT system (construction and operation by the private sector and then reboot to the government) through a duration ranging between 20-30 years .
This unit will consist of a group of young people in the ministry, which include several specializations including the (financial analysis - feasibility studies - international cooperation - planning - Environmental Engineering).

This unit will be responsible for preparing technical, environmental, social, economic, legal and financial studies for partnership projects.


Within the framework of " Love Sharm-El Shikh " campaign, Minister of state for Environmental Affairs supports Sharm El-Sheikh with immediate equipments to complete the cleanness system in the governorate .

Pro. Khaled Fahmy, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs decided to support Sharm el-Sheikh city immediately with one Lauder and pressing truck with capacity of 16 tons with a cost of 2.5 million pounds to complete cleanliness equipment system in the city, as part of his participation in the activities of cleaning campaign during the period of 4-6/3/2013 under the title of "Love Sharm" in coordination with the South Sinai Governorate, where it was agreed to generalize this campaign all over the centers of the Governorate.
The minister has held extended meeting with the governor to discuss the company's problems which is responsible for cleaning services in Sharm El-Sheikh, where the current problem is concentrated in the city.

The Minister and the governor have conducted a field visit to the waste recycling plant in the city to witness its current state and the possibility of raising its efficiency to contribute to the city's hygiene system.

On the other hand, prof. Khaled Fahmy has given the chance to school students to participate in waste-raising campaigns to enhance the principle of community participation in the conservation of the environment and support sound environmental behaviors in young people to raise a new aware generation of the importance of environment conservation.
This cleaning campaign in coordination with the South Sinai Governorate, has included raising of construction waste, and closure of random landfills that were opened inside the residential blocks during the last two years.


The Minister of state for Environmental Affairs casts her ballot on the constitution in one of Heliopolis schools in Egypt


Dr. Laila Iskandar , Minister of State for Environmental Affairs casts her ballot today on the referendum on the constitution in Almazah primary school in Elhoria Street in Heliopolis .

Dr. Laila expressed her happiness with this democratic process taking place in Egypt now calling the whole Egyptians to go and cast their ballots to participate positively in Egypt's future and the steps of the road map as the only way to proceed to the stage of Egypt's stability and to get rid of the state of Chaos.

The minister pointed out that 2013 constitution is a constitution of all Egyptians that preserves the right of citizenship and raise the slogan of sustainable development as a pillar of the Egyptian economy , and puts the basic cure for many of the issues and saves the Egyptians right in a clean environment .


MSEA, implemented afforestation camp within the framework of Egypt's Reconstruction Campaign and World Environment Day celebrations

MSEA, through EEAA Menia Regional Branch in coordination with both "Egypt's Youth Society for Development and Environment", "Environment Protection Society" and participation of government agencies and civil society implemented cleaning and beautification campaigns in Corniche El-Nil Street in Menia governorate. This campaign came as part of Egypt's Reconstruction Campaign and World Environment Day celebrations.

Corniche El-Nile and Damaris village in Menia had been selected for conducting this campaign in association with the Directorate of Youth and Sports and in the presence of Menia governor. 50 young men and women in addition to local residents had participated in plantation of about 260 trees which were provided by EEAA Regional Branch.
In the framework of camp's activities awareness campaigns were conducted through distribution of brochures and bulletins from the publications of MSEA on the people and passers-by, in addition to distribution of about 50 T-shirts and caps bearing EEAA logo among participants.
This camp aimed to raise awareness of how to preserve the surrounding environment and develop the spirit of cooperation among citizens to beautify and develop their environment.


Environment conducted awareness campaigns, workshops, cleaning and planting campaigns in Wadi El-Gemal Protectorate, coinciding celebration of the International Day for Soaring Birds Migration.


MSEA, through Nature Conservation Sector has conducted several environmental awareness campaigns, workshops, cleaning and planting campaigns in Wadi El-Gemal Protectorate located in the Red Sea, coinciding celebration of the International Day for Soaring Birds Migration.
Workshops dealt with recycling newspapers, remnants of plastic bottles cups and fabrics for manufacturing toys ; cardboard for manufacturing models for park's animals and wild birds ; awareness campaigns provided training for park's researchers on how to prepare presentations through variety of lectures dealt about protected areas of Peninsula Sinai , Eastern and Western deserts , Red and Mediterranean seas , wetlands, bio safety, environmental tourism , energy, marine turtles and migration.
Children participated in tree plantation campaign implemented in Wadi El-Gemal Protectorate. This campaign targeted raising environmtal awareness among local residents with the importance of planting trees and their role in conserving food chain and habitat for resident and migratory birds; in addition to the difference between tree which naturally grows within the protectorate and the other one which grows outside it. The campaign highlighted the importance of selecting suitable trees for growth inside the protected area and the seriousness of overgrazing which exposes plants within protected area to danger ; so that Park's officials distributed trees on local residents for plantation in front of their houses.
Cleaning campaigns witnessed raising awareness about dangers of dumping plastic waste within the protectorate which expose plants, animals and marine organisms to risk ; as well as the importance of public cleaning and stop using loudspeakers due to noise they cause. A theatrical performance was presented for children about risks which can be caused by a plastic bag thrown in nature. Clean-up campaign was conducted and collected garbage were dumped in the dumpsite designated for that purpose.


Decontaminate oil pollution at Alexandria Dekhaila port

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs through Central Operation Room for combating marine pollution in cooperation with Alexandria Port Authority managed to remove oil pollution at Alexandria Dekhaila port at the expense of the violating.

Operation room received on Tuesday, 24/5/2011 notice about marine environmental pollution, so that Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs directed to send a committee from EEAA's Alexandria Regional Branch to inspect the pollution caused by the accident.

The inspection clarified that the Maltese ship "King Basil" is anchored on pavement 98 / 1 at Alexandria Dekhaila port in addition to an oil pollution between the ship "King Basil" and the pavement with an estimated area of 1600 square meters. Samples from the oily waste and the ship have been taken.

Legal procedures have been taken against the ship and MSEA addressed Alexandria Port Authority to prevent the ship from leaving port until the payment of fines and compensation for the environmental damage caused by it, which is estimated with 400 thousand pounds other than the assessed fine.


Environment: freshwater lobster is a promising project in Egypt

MSEA finalized preparation of the first study about alien and invasive organisms in Ashtoum Al-Gamil Protectorate located in Port Said. As a result of the change occurred in the environment of water within this protectorate, where more than 65% of its water was converted to fresh water because of agricultural discharge.
The study monitored the presence of new species in this region including freshwater lobster, which entered the Egyptian environment for breeding and marketing as a food product in Egypt, during early eighties.
The study concluded that freshwater lobster is one of the most promising investment projects in Egypt; where there are many foreign communities outside the Egyptian environment prefer this type of food. Egyptian environment can be maintained from alien and invasive species through collecting and exporting freshwater lobster which will create new jobs for youth and realize good revenue to Egypt.
The study showed that freshwater lobster is breeding due to the absence of its natural enemies in the Egyptian environment. The study pointed out that freshwater lobster family includes more than 500 species around the world fall under 3 categories. It has the ability to dig the environment where it is available in, expose to air by going out of the water. It is characterized with the ability to breed and growth and rapidly in addition to its ability to withstand harsh environments, resist diseases and adapt with different types of food.
The study clarified that the freshwater lobster is characterized with its semi-solid outer shell as a result of a layer of fat and layers of Alkaitean which make the outer shell solid. It is worth mentioning that the freshwater lobster is one of the most important threats to habitats of many genuine Egyptian organisms that live in freshwater environment of Egypt, the most important of which is the Egyptian frog, which enjoys an international reputation.


Environment held the final workshop for "Hazardous Waste Management twinning project".

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs held the final workshop for the Institutional Twinning Project (Integrated Management of Hazardous Substance and Waste), which was lunched since October 2008 till March 2011 with an estimated budget of 1.6 million €.
The workshop reviewed project's achievements in the field of institutional development , evaluation of available hazardous waste and substances' database and their update , proposed amendment to the executive regulations, local laws and legislations to be lined with international standards; apply relevant European Union best practices , capacity building of EEAA and its Regional Branches' staff , support NGOs in Cairo, Alexandria and Aswan governorates with some activities, such as conducting workshops and awareness seminars .
The project conducted 11 training courses aimed at training more than 500 trainees in the fields of hazardous substances and their integrated management, cleaner production, legislations and laws related to electrical and electronic products and waste; in addition to Globally Harmonized System for Chemicals , legislations and laws related to hazardous substances and waste, databases of hazardous substances and waste, risk assessment and exchange of experiences.
3 workshops about sound management of hazardous and solid waste and substances were conducted for 220 trainees, a book about mercury was translated to be used as an important reference, a pamphlet about electrical and electronic waste was prepared and printed, preparation of an Arabic pamphlet about the Globally Harmonized System for Chemicals, and another one about new persistent organic pollutants.


Environment initiates operational procedures to close El-Wafaa & AL-Amal dumpsite.

In the framework of MSEA's plan to develop solid waste management system in Greater Cairo and establish sites for recycling, treatment and safe disposal of waste outside residential areas. It conducts a plane to close current public dumpsites to reduce sources of air pollution in Greater Cairo within residential areas, so that it initiates rehabilitation process for El-Wafaa &AL-Amall dumpsite locating in Nasr City in coordination with Cairo Governorate and the Reconstruction Agency of the Ministry of Housing.
The initial rehabilitation process includes leveling and full coverage of waste with dust and sand to control the site, protect it from self-ignition and emission of gases; in addition to conduct Environmental Impact Assessment studies before utilizing any part of the dumpsite area after its closure.
The Ministry has supported Cairo Governorate with necessary equipment for the transfer of waste generated from Cairo districts to be directed to El-Korimate landfill to achieve sound and safe environmental treatment of waste and benefiting from its sorting.
In this context, the Ministry provided Cairo governorate 9 piston trucks with capacity of 22 and 25 tons to contribute in facilitating transport operations and final closure of El-Wafaa & AL-Amall landfill. A decision will be issued concerning closure of the landfill by Cairo governorate as it is the administrative body responsible about management operations of landfills and supervise over cleaning companies. Utilizing land of the site amounted to 180 feddens , will be conducted according to the scheme of urban planning adopted for the region and in purposes and activities appropriate for needs of current phase. This closure will put an end for a problem from which Cairo suffered a lot for long periods , and it will be the beginning for a new phase of safe and sound treatment of waste in addition to lead to close all public landfills locating within residential areas in the future.


Environment issued its approval on the establishment of "Ammonium Nitrate Factory" in northwest of Gulf of Suez.


Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs approved on a project to establish
"Ammonium Nitrate Factory" , in the ninth industrial sector locating northwest of Gulf of Suez. This approval was issued after reviewing and evaluating the Environmental Impact Assessment study and supplementary data and the approval issued by "Center of Risk Reduction" affiliated to Cairo University. The project will be established according to the latest technology available in this field through using totally new equipment and components.

Some environmental requirements were determined, including that the project will be redistricted on producing low-density ammonium nitrate as an end product, committed with supplying ammonium through pipeline stretched from naval terminal while taking necessary precautions to reduce pollution of surrounding environment during unloading liquid ammonium, installation of the pipeline or in case of a puncture or break in the pipeline or any natural disasters.

Natural gas will be used as fuel with the ability to recover produced energy from the exothermic reaction. Some precautions will be followed related to installation of chimneys, limits of project's emissions according to Environment Law No. 4 /1994 amended by Law No. 9 / 2009. The project will commit with environmental management, including a plan for environmental monitoring and provision of necessary devices for environmental monitoring and train workers on how to use these devices. Installs monitoring station for continuous monitoring of gaseous emissions and particulates emitted from the project and link it with EEAA National Monitoring Network, as well as the availability of sound requirements for safe storage and handling of raw materials, ammonium nitrate and integrated sound management of hazardous waste


Environment holds the final workshop for Egypt's self-assessment project for the preparation of the Third National Communication to the UNFCCC


MSEA holds the final workshop for Egypt's self-assessment project for the preparation of Third National Communication to the UNFCCC on 30th March at Cairo House. It will be held under the auspices of Eng .Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs and attended by EEAA Chief Executive Officer, representative of the UNDP and many representatives of ministries, relevant agencies, private sector, NGOs, civil society, experts from universities and research centers.

The project aims to identify priorities and issues that need in-depth studies during preparation of the Third National Communication, through identifying activities, results, gaps and learned lessons from the process of preparing Second National Communication, which was finalized and handed over to the secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change in May 2010. In addition to consultation with stakeholders to identify sectors and fields with priority, strategies and institutional arrangements that will take place during its preparation.
Project's activities included inventory of all activities related to Climate Change in Egypt, prepare detailed action plan for the project, identify points of compatibility with other executive programs in the field of climate change and related areas, determine priorities of implementation in project of the third national communication, assess and analyze procedures and institutional arrangements for implementation , identify good practices and learned lessons, analyze activities and actions that have been implemented in previous national communications, identify new areas and fields to be included as well as needed studies that are required throughout the project, select suitable means and methods for implementation and the expected results, prepare a proposal document for implementing Third National Communication ,consult with concerned parties , develop consultation strategy , raise awareness with the issue of climate change and its integration into existing and future national strategies in different sectors.


Minister of Environment visits EEAA Assiut Branch

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs visited EEAA Assiut Branch, with a number of EEAA senior officers. This visit aims to inspect EEAA Assiut Branch's activities in various departments of Legal Affairs, Environmental Inspection and laboratories; to insure execution of planned programs during the current transitional government and the continued coordination with the environment offices in governorates.
During his visit the minister commissioned Assiut Branch Manager to present a detailed plan and financial cost for establishing a landfill for municipal waste in Assiut, rather than the current unplanned one, so that the ministry covers 50% of its construction and the remaining covered by the government. George stressed upon the importance of encouraging use of agricultural residues as a source of energy in factories, and benefit from the successful experience of Assiut Cement Factory in using agricultural residues as an energy source.
George stressed on the need to review environmental conditions of different companies and take immediate legal action against the offending companies.
The visit witnessed a meeting with all EEAA - Assiut Branch staff to discuss all problems and demands of workers. George highlighted that the ministry has taken executive procedures to fulfill permanent appointment of all employees eligible for that at the level of EEAA and its Branches, effective disbursement of additional rewards which was approved by 300% to all ministry's staff, branches and environment offices in governorates; in addition to executive procedures concerning health care for workers and their families.
George urged all employees to exert greater efforts to safely overcome current circumstances in Egypt.


George and the Director of USAID discuss the Egyptian-American cooperation in environmental field

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs met Mr. James Beaver , USAID Director and the accompanied delegation on 27th March in the presence of MSEA's senior officers .
The meeting reviewed USAID strategy for international cooperation during next phase at the level of environmental issues. Successful experiences of cooperation between MSEA and USAID have been presented, such as Improve Cairo Air Project and Transfer Foundries outside Residential Area Project, and the possibility to replicate such projects during coming period.
Package of projects, including recycling of solid waste and agricultural residues, especially rice straw; in addition to re-use treated wastewater in cultivating timber forests have been discussed.
The meeting also discussed the importance of focusing on small and medium seized enterprises which provide employment opportunities for young people and lead to improve environmental conditions in Egypt. It also underlined the importance of supporting NGOs, private sector and young people in implementing environmental projects.
The meeting concluded with a discussion on the possibility of providing support to MSEA 's efforts in raising environmental awareness , particularly among school students in cooperation with Ministry of Education.


Manual Guidelines for Preventing Pollution from Ships and Oil Tankers


In the framework of enforcing provisions of Law No. 4 /1994, amended by Law No. 9 /2009 ,and international agreements Egypt acceded to ; Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs has finalized preparation of a manual guidelines for preventing pollution from ships and oil tankers, to insure integration of environmental dimension in management of maritime transport , actual improvement in performing daily and periodic maritime transport activities and avoid negative environmental impacts that may result from failure to observe environmental dimension in this field .
This guideline composed of two parts, first part contains legislative framework for application and penalties that will be imposed on offenders and the guidelines for preventing pollution of marine environment from: oil, hazard liquid unpacked substances and harmful substances carried by sea in containers; as well as sewage, garbage, ballast water of ships, sediments and waste of recreational ships. The second part contains examples of records and international certificates as stipulated under international agreements for oil, tankers of hazard liquid substances, ballast water, garbage and sewage.
These guidelines have been provided to all agencies and authorities working in the field of maritime transport to clarify environmental considerations to be taken into account and maximize benefits from sound environmental management. An electronic copy of the guidelines has been developed on MSEA's web site to make it available to those who interested in that field.


Ministry of Environment celebrates World Water Day

In the framework of the celebration of World Water Day, March 22 of each year, the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs through the Central Department for Information and Environmental awareness and training organized a celebration included a range of environmental activities, in collaboration with civil society institutions with a number of governorates and Regional branches affiliated to EEAA .

The celebration Included 5 environmental seminars for children through "Bezra" program and for youth about the importance of water and its sources and reasons of pollution and the role of citizens in water conservation, and to avoid excessive consumption of water in all daily activities in addition to not using drinking water for the irrigation of parks and cleansing the tanks.

The celebration included environmental a campaign for cleaning the streets, as well as environmental competitions and disrupting prizes .


MSEA conduct series of workshops in integrated management of hazardous andsolid waste in Cairo, Alexandria and Aswan governorates

Regional Branch of EEAA in Aswan conducts a workshop entitled "Integrated Management of Hazardous and Solid waste" in cooperation with General Directorate of Waste and Hazardous Substance of EEAA and the Institutional Twinning Project; to support NGOs, EEAA Regional Branches, governorates and environment offices.
This workshop is conducted within series of workshops in Cairo, Alexandria and Aswan. This cooperation have provided successful models in recycling electrical and electronic waste (Environment Youth Society ), reduce use of mercury (Hospitals' Day Society ) and new persistent organic pollutants, including some pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls (Industry and Environment Society in Alexandria).

These workshops include lectures about handling waste and hazardous substance, related laws and legislations, identify partners and stakeholders at various stages of trading process including transportation and storage, integrated management of hazardous substance, electronic and electrical waste and persistent organic pollutants, related European Laws and legislations in these fields, in addition to discussions to identify aspects of required cooperation for development of performance in that fields.

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs is keen to implement series of workshops in different governorates to support different Regional Branches in implementing MSEA's strategies to activate role of surrounding community through transfering expertise and successful experiences of NGOs in different environmental fields, to other NGOs and Civil society in other governorates and encourage them to conduct key roles in environmental work.


Ministry of Environment supports Helwan governorate in raising the solid wastes of the past events


Eng , Maged George, Minister of State for Environment Affairs provided support for Helwan governorates to help in raising solid wastes of the past events, the plan includes raising the 10 thousand cubic meters of wastes in Ain Helwan ,Massara and Torah and it is expected to continue the process of lifting for one week .

The Minister agreed to support Helwan governorate with additional equipments including 2 dump cars with the capacity of 20 m and 5 dump cars with the capacity of 5 tons, in addition to 2000 tree to be cultivated in different districts.
The Minister also agreed to provide support for a number of NGOs and youth groups that have requested to have support from the ministry by cleaning the streets and squares


Environment: immediate follow-up to remove the oil spill in Sukhna Port


Eng.Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs has Issued immediate directives to take all urgent procedures to remove the oil spill, which appeared next to a Maltese touristic ship at Sokhna port, in cooperation with the Red Sea Ports Authority.

The central operations room had received a report from the Red Sea Ports Authority indicating that there was an oil spill next to the Maltese touristic ship anchored on the quay of the port of Sokhna, and immediately an inspection Committee has been sent to take the necessary samples from this spot and following-up removing the contamination.

The legal affairs department affiliated to the ministry has made the necessary procedures to prevent the ship from leaving quay to evaluate the environmental damage and fines stipulated in Act No. 4 of 94 and amended by Law No. 9 of 2009.


Ministry of Environment implemented a project to convert the fuel used in boilers from diesel to natural gas in a factory in Minya Governorate


The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs in cooperation with the Egyptian Company for Sugar and Integrated Industries –Abu Korkas Factory, has implemented a project to convert the fuel used in boilers from diesel to natural gas, and this comes in the framework of a project of environmental protection for the private sector and public industrial sector (PPSI).

The project aims to prevent emissions from burning diesel fuel used for boilers, by replacing diesel with natural gas which will lead to achieving full compatibility in air emissions with Law No. 4 of 1994, as amended by Act 9 of 2009 and its implementing regulations.

It is noteworthy that there are a number of nine boiling phases using heavy diesel as fuel in sugar industry, leading to air contamination with sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide and hanging dust , for that reason this project has been implemented, which consists of a external gas network, internal network and station for reducing pressure In addition to new Lighters using natural gas, and to reduce pollution resulting from burning diesel.

The total cost of the project is € 3.4 million including 680.000 € is non-refundable grant for equipments in addition 4290 euros grant for technical studies. The project will reduce pollution loads with an average of 1093 tons / year of sulfur dioxide to 56.5 tons / year and carbon monoxide from 5148 tonnes / year to 188.8 tons / year, and the project will be operated in January 2011.

It is noteworthy that Abu Korkas Factory in El-Menya governorate was established in 1904 and renovated in 1992/1993 , it is one of the factories affiliated to the Egyptian Sugar and Integrated Industries one of the public sector companies, and the factory will produce refined sugar from sugar cane and sugar beet factory .


Environment participates in developing mechanisms controlling bio-fuels production

MSEA participated in developing mechanisms to control bio-fuels production in the framework of its exerted efforts to activate alternatives depending on natural resources in the production of bio fuels, such as solid waste or using treated waste water in planting timber trees producing bio fuels to ensure sound recycling of an important environmental source and achieve compliance with obligations of Climate Change Convention and putting an end for using human and animal food n producing bio fuel.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs charged group of MSEA's experts to represent Egypt in the meetings of Global Bio Energy Partnership (GBEP), which was held at the headquarter of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome .

The Ministry is currently translating mechanism controlling emissions from bio fuel industry from English into Arabic after the effective participation of Egyptian delegation in its formulation.

Egyptian national coordinator of the Global Bio Energy Partnership and EM project Manger in MSEA declared that Partnership's secretariat invited Egypt to join GBEP as partner rather than acting as an observer, as well as the possibility of holding GBEP's next technical meetings in Egypt upon Member States' proposal.


Environment starts implementations of procedures regulate workshops recycling plastic.


MSEA starts implementation of cooperation protocol with Plastic Division to regulate conditions of about 100 thousand workers and 45 thousand workshops working in the field of plastic recycling.
In this context, the Ministry conducted field visits to 210 workshops, working in all fields of recycling in Al-Khosos city of Ezbet Al-Nakhal to identify their environmental conditions and requirements to adjust their environmental conditions and respond to all technical, administrative and legal inquiries.
200 files prepared to be represented on the Steering Committee at its first meeting to be conducted during this month, where 150 workshops will adjust their conditions during the next six months; then the remaining workshops will finalize their conditions so that this industry can achieve its growth and upgrad.


Ministry of Environment participated with Helwan University in the "National Project of analyzing Egyptian wind farms


MSEA participated in the "National Project of analyzing Egyptian wind farms" in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering - Helwan University. This project supported by Science and Technological Development Fund affiliated to Cabinet of Ministers.
The Ministry will use geographic information systems (GIS) and their associated applications to choose the most appropriate locations for wind farms in Egypt that are compatible with international and local environmental standards, as well as preparation of studies and environmental information about noise levels emitted from wind farms to ensure their compliance with noise standards stipulated in Executive Regulation of Environment Law No. 9 / 2009.
This project conducted within the framework of Egypt's strategy for enhancing scientific research, and plan to rely on about 20% of new and renewable energies by 2020.
It is worth mentioning that MSEA has been participated in the "International Conference for Wind Power" held during this month under the title "Applications and Development of Wind Energy."


Environment issued the first guiding manual about continuous self-monitoring of industrial facilities

MSEA issued the first part of guiding manual about continuous self-monitoring of industrial facilities' emissions, which aims to lay foundations of continuous monitoring of stacks' emissions, including definition and rules of selecting appropriate model for the facility, as well as implementation of internationally recognized standard for monitoring specifications.
This guide is prepared by group of experts to provide technical assistance to industrial facilities to select appropriate devices for self monitoring, to realize their commitment with requirements of Environment Law and its Executive Regulation. This guide can be found on MSEA's website www.eeaa.gov.eg, free of charge.
It is worth mentioning that MSEA has finalized linking all cement plants throughout the country, and currently second phase starts to link fertilizer plants. Article 24 of Environment Law No. 9 / 2009 stipulates upon the necessity of self-monitoring units for industrial facilities and Ministry of Environment monitoring of emissions through the establishment of national network.


Environment approves on the establishment of a pharmaceutical project in Port Said

MSEA approves on the establishment of a pharmaceutical project (producing tablets, capsules, liquids, creams, ointments, aerosols contain substances that can be inhaled and products for external use). The project is located in the industrial zone of Port Said Governorate with capital of 25.9 million and considered the first of projects to be constructed in East Port Said.
The project committed with not adding any new nearby activities not commensurate with its nature , consume diesel as a source of fuel , construct required chimney, take all necessary measures to improve the process of fuel combustion, conduct periodic maintenance of the boiler and the chimney to reduce their emissions.
The project will take into account not exceeding maximum permitted limits of noise levels and air pollutants; provide good ventilation and air quality, sound work environment and safety factors for workers, application of integrated quality management in accordance with the requirements of good manufacturing systems. It also committed with criteria of transport, storage and sound environmental handling of chemicals, safe disposal of hazardous waste, proper disposal of solid waste resulting from the project by gathering and separating them from hazardous waste and deliver them to the authorized contractor for disposal in the official landfill of the city and treatment of industrial wastewater for compliance with the standards set out in the environment law.
The project is preparing a plan for environmental management, self-monitoring, periodic analysis of water resulting from the processing unit, in addition to develop an environmental record and a register for hazardous waste and make them available for environmental inspection.


Ministries of Environment and Housing participate in preparing the Egyptian Code for designing and implementing works of acoustics and noise control.

In the framework of the national plan to combat noise prepared by Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs in coordination with relevant ministries and stakeholders to reduce sources of noise. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs stated that both Ministries of Environment and Housing are preparing the Egyptian Code for designing and implementing works of acoustics and noise control in buildings, according to the recommendations issued by the committee formed by the National Center for Housing and Building Research affiliated to Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. This committee involves professors from the Universities of Cairo and Ain Shams, Arts Academy and representatives from some companies working in the field of acoustics.
This code aims to regulate design of buildings in Egypt and lay the bases for the conditions and means controlling noise of interior and surrounding buildings, help engineers and technicians to carry out sound insulation, conduct measurements of acoustics characteristics of necessary construction elements for realizing quiet environment and protect citizens from the harmful impact of noise in all places of their work and homes.
This code includes characteristics, terminologies and symbols of acoustics for buildings, methods of measuring and calibrating these characteristics, means of walls and ceilings' insulation and control of vibration. This code also includes environmental standards of noise, limits of levels and periods of safe exposure to noise.



Egypt, delivers a speech on behalf of the Arab Group at the opening of the Sixteenth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, Mexico.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, chaired the Egyptian delegation to the Sixteenth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, which is currently holding in Cancun, Mexico, from 29th November - 10th December, 2010.
George states in Egypt's statement which he delivered on behalf of the Arab Group at the opening of the conference , the importance of supporting developing countries through final outcomes of this conference, in their efforts to adapt with climate change and encourages their voluntary participation in the international efforts to reduce emissions; in addition to include a clear mechanism for developed countries implementation of their commitments under the Convention, in particular with regard to providing necessary technical and financial support to developing countries.
Egyptian Minister of Environment highlighted in his speech on the importance of the Mexican presidency role in supporting efforts of states parties to achieve outcomes commensurate with the aspirations of developing countries , committed with principles of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, in particular the principle of shared responsibility with differing burdens and varying capabilities, to ensure support and development of current global system to address climate change.
Mexican Minister of Foreign Affairs reaffirms Mexico commitment as President of the Conference to achieve balanced outcomes in both tracks of negotiations and continuation of Kyoto Protocol.
It is worth mentioning that Egyptian delegation to the Conference is the spokesman of the Arab Group with its twenty-two member states, which includes: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Sudan, Mauritania, Comoros, Djibouti, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Iraq, Palestine, and Egypt.


Environment issued its approval on the establishment of subway's fourth line inGreater Cairo

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs approved to establish the fourth line of the subway in Greater Cairo; which its first phase starts from El-Malek El-Saleh until the beginning of Dreamland in 6 October. It met the necessary environmental requirements to preserve environment; conditioning that the project will coordinate with responsible agencies for basic infrastructure (water lines - drainage - electricity - communications - gas) along the path of the project, take necessary measures and precautions to preserve them during construction.
The project is going to provide an environmental study about groundwater flow and the expected scenarios for rising levels of groundwater along the path, conduct hydraulic studies for deposition in the region that will be crossed under the Nile River before starting construction in order to clarify any changes that could occur under the river bed; in addition to conduct a study on the impact of vibrations and drilling on the soil to protect establishments and facilities.
The project is committed to take necessary precautions to reduce air pollutants during construction phases, sound disposal of drilling waste by compiling and delivering it to an authorized contractor; as well as adhere with maximum limits of noise levels according to Law No. 4 /2004 amended by Law No. 9 / 2009. As well as commitment with healthy environment work and security factors for workers , disposal of stations' sewage on the main network after compliance with the criteria of Law No. 93 / 1962.
The project will coordinate with traffic departments regarding parking areas for buses and cars near stations in order to facilitate movement of traffic surrounding stations areas. Prepare emergency and evacuation plan, environmental record and make it available for environmental inspection.


Environment: delegation from Oceanography expertssent to Sharm El-Sheikh to study the phenomenon of shark'sattack on tourists


The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs has sent a delegation of experts in shark and marine sciences to South Sinai Governorate to study and examine the phenomenon of shark's attack on tourists and visitors in some areas of the coast of Sharm el-Sheikh to identify scientifically the nature of this phenomenon .

Instructions have been issued to nature protectorates management in southern Sinai, for continuing operations of comprehensive survey of the area of the shark that killed a German tourist yesterday afternoon near Naama Bay.

Currently a study has been undertaken to make use of global expertise in the countries that experienced a recurrence of such incidents in the past years.


In Coordination between the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, to enforce hotels and dive centers to maintain safety instructions


Eng, Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs announced that the Ministry is coordinating with the Ministry of Tourism to enforce hotels, diving centers to follow the safety instructions regarding the use of beaches and marine water by tourists and visitors. These instructions help hotels and dive centers to appoint an observer to monitor any sharks near beach areas, and to inform visitors and authorities to vacate the premises immediately, and notify the responsible authorities to make full survey and make sure from the safety of the area.

The instructions enforced the diving centers and hotels to report immediately when monitoring the sharks during diving and make sure of the fierce species, and not to allow visitors to feed the sharks in the areas of coral reefs.

The instructions Included safety instructions for diving centers and hotels in addition to ensuring the safety of tourists and visitors at the level of swimming and diving, in addition to implementing training programes for tourists and divers for safe dealing with sharks, marine predators.

George called for cooperation with universities and scientific research centers to provide information and in-depth studies to provide more information about the behavior of sharks.


Environmental violations in two tourist villages in Marsa Alam estimated with 200 thousand dollar.

An inspection committee from the Red Sea Regional Branch in cooperation with Marsa Alam protectorates on villages and tourist projects to examine their environmental approvals to ensure their commitment with MSEA observations directed to them , and evaluate financial damages in case of violations did not be avoided.
The committee examined two villages and hotel in Marsa Alam, and discovered violations in the two villages while the hotel compliances with environmental requirements. Violations in the first village included constructions within the prohibited area of the setback line where infringement spread for 45 meters from the costal zone, total value of damage caused by these environmental violations estimated with 200 thousand dollars or its equivalent in Egyptian Pounds.
Inspection of the second village clarified crushing of hills locating within setback line of the shoreline; estimation of financial damage caused by this crushing amounted to 7200 dollars.
Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs has issued his directives to Red Sea Regional Branch to sustain their inspection campaigns on tourist projects established on the coasts of the region to ensure their avoidance of any violations, compliance with all environmental requirements and non-infringement of the setback line on the shoreline to preserve natural characteristics of the region and reduce environmental impacts on them


MSEA conducts an extensive campaign to address illicit trafficking in crocodiles in Luxor Governorate


Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs issued his directives to conduct an extensive campaign to address illicit trafficking in Nile Crocodiles. Nature Conservation Sector in Luxor governorate, in cooperation with Environment Police conducted the 3-day campaign.
It resulted in arresting some violations from Luxor islands and hotels as a result of possessing and displaying crocodiles for visitors; five crocodiles were placed in metal cages in possession of some people in Bananas Island, their length ranged between 1 meter and 2 meters; in addition to confiscate a crocodile with length of 3 meters from a hotel.
Seizures were confiscated and offenders were transferred to the public prosecution, and crocodiles will be freed to their natural habitat of Lake Nasser in application of Environment Law and CITES convention, which prohibits international trade in wild crocodiles and set them on the top of the Red List.
EEAA campaign which was accompanied by Environment Police inspected the area and hotels that possessed living crocodiles and took necessary legal action against any violations.


Extensive inspection campaign to remove environmental violations in Port Said Governorate


MSEA, through its regional branch of the Canal Zone and Sinai located in Suez governorate conducted an extensive inspection campaign in cooperation with Environment Police to remove human encroachment on Manzala Lake.
In Port Said and Damietta governorates the campaign has targeted removal of bridges and courtyards established in the free fishing area, this area amounted to (3463 feddan); in addition to removing (10) occupancy area amounted to (7200 m2).
The Branch prevented illegal fishing, especially fishing of fry and young fish through intensifying campaigns conducted in cooperation between Suez Branch and Environment Police, equipments used by offenders were confiscated and legal actions were taken against them.
Implementing a project in Al-kaboty area is among measures being implemented to improve water quality in Manzala Lake. This area is locating south of Port Said, which is a slum area near the lake, suffering from the existence of outlets for dumping sewage directly on the lake without treatment.
Water's lake was previously monitored by Suez regional branch, in addition to a quarterly monitoring conducted by Environment Quality Sector of EEAA in collaboration with the Institute of Marine Science began in August 2009. MSEA has taken strict legal action against industrial plants which discharge their waste contrary to environmental requirements.
As for solid waste, municipal solid waste in Port Said Governorate amounted to 782 tons / day from various districts and about 80% of them are raised to the landfill located south of Port Said and the fertilizer plant, except of Port Fouad district, where its waste is transferred to the dump site of medical waste. Medical waste is estimated with 250 kg / day, where Suez regional branch conducted environmental inspection on the landfill to measure emissions from burning of medical waste in the landfill and take legal action against offenders.


Signing a protocol of cooperation between Suez regional branch of EEAA and the Regional Federation of NGOs in Suez Canal and Sinai territory


Suez regional branch of EEAA Signed a protocol of cooperation with the regional federation of NGOs in Suez Canal and Sinai area
, in order to activate cooperation with NGOs in the region to preserve the environment and raising environmental awareness among the citizens of the Territory .

The protocol was signed during a training course hosted by the branch on "effective environmental communication", which aimed to raise the communication skills and the capacities of NGOs employees in the territory of the Canal and Sinai, and the employees of Suez branch .

The course covered the importance of the cooperation protocol and the role of the branch in the region to preserve the environment and how to raise awareness of NGOs and volunteer work in environmental conservation.

The course included a training program for communication skills over three days, the first day addressed the concept and the objectives of communication its importance and types and a workshop was organized about the success factors of communication process , the second day of the program introduced the concept of listening levels and types, and a workshop was organized on ( self-assessment model for effective listening skills) .

The third day addressed the concept of speaking in terms of necessities and conditions, features should be available in a good speaker, and constraints on effective communication, as well as the most important skills to deal with different types of customers.


Within the framework of 2010 World Environment Day's celebrations, pilot project for germination and propagation endangered Egyptian wild flora is implemented in Wadi El-Gemal Protectorate.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for the Environment, assured that Nature Conservation Sector is currently implementing a pilot project for germination and propagation endangered Egyptian wild flora in Wadi El-Gemal Protectorate, in the framework of addressing climate change phenomena and reduce its negative impacts.
Endemic wild plants from southern region of Egypt were selected for propagation, where 82 seedlings of El-Sayal were planted and irrigated with desalinated water without using any chemicals. El-Sayal characterized with many environmental, pastoral and food values as it help in stabilize soil; provide food for animals, local population; raise level of per capita income, provide shade and food for wildlife in the region under the harsh conditions of mountainous areas and valleys surrounding the protected areas.
48 seedlings of sugar dates were planted and irrigated with desalinated water without using any chemicals, studies and research have shown richness of leaves and fruits of this kind of date with compounds that are used for medical purposes, especially in the treatment of diabetes; this will contribute in developing medicinal plants' trade, raise living standard of people living in the region.
150 seedlings of mangrove have been planted as an initial stages of its propagation in its natural environment ,to restore mangrove areas which were deteriorated as a result scarcity of rains , oppressive harvesting and grazing that leads to death and dwarf mangrove. Mangrove is an integrated ecosystem playing key role in protecting beaches from erosion and protect many marine organisms.
On the other hand, awareness-raising campaigns for people of the region belonging to Besharyia and Alababdp tribes have been implemented to familiarize them with how to handle and maintain these plants; environmental, economic and medical value in addition to encourage them to cultivate these plants and use them.


Within the framework of World Environment Day celebrations ... The Minister ofState for Environmental Affairs issued a decree to establish 3 new regional branches in Elsharquia – El Fayoum- El Wadi Elgadid governorates .


Within the framework of World Environment Day celebrations Eng Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, issued a decree to establish three new branches in Elsharquia – El Fayoum- El Wadi Elgadid governorates, this comes in framework of achieving the principle of developing the environmental work in the governorates and the realization of the principle of decentralization of environmental management and expansion of the regional branches establishment , where the number of regional branches amounted 11 regional branches.

George explained that these new branches will be concerned with following up the implementation of the national plan for environmental protection and supervision of environmental monitoring networks in the governorates and get information and providing EEAA with it.

The Minister of the Environment assured that the regional branches will be concerned by following-up the implementation of the provisions of Law No. 4 of 94 and amended by Law No. 9 of 2009 regarding the protection of the Egyptian environment and its executive regulations, as well as following-up the implementation of the standards and requirements and take the necessary actions against violators of these requirements in addition to spreading the environmental awareness among people.

George assured the importance of regional branches to prepare an annual report on key indicators of the environmental status in the governorates to be presented to the board of directors of EEAA to enable EEAA to develop plans of the future in the light of these indicators.

It should be noted that the Dr. / Ahmed Rakha Director of the Department of Environmental Quality at Mansoura Branch has appointed to work as a manager of Elsharquia branch, and Eng Ewis Said, as a manger of El Fayoum branch and Eng /Adel Nafd Director of El Wadi Elgadid branch .

The Head of the regional Branches Affairs assured that EEAA is currently coordinating with the governorates of Fayoum and New Valley to raise efficiency of buildings of the new branches are also supporting it with necessary equipments to give effect to environmental action in the regional branches .


George witnesses the celebration of International Day for Biological Diversity in bibliotheca Alexandrina

Today Eng Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs witnesses the International Day for Biological Diversity in bibliotheca Alexandrina, sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme in collaboration with the Information Center of the World Bank affiliated to bibliotheca Alexandrina under the auspices of Minister of Environment and attended by General Adel Labib, Governor of Alexandria, Dr. Ismail Serageldin, Director of bibliotheca Alexandrina and representatives of the Embassy of France , the UNICEF , FAO, and a number of specialists and those interested in environmental field .

Engineer Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs in his speech assured that the United Nations has declared 2010 Year of Biodiversity to be World Environment Day with a slogan "many species , One Planet, One Future," as a confirmation on the importance of biodiversity for human well-fare, and an encouragement to redouble efforts to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss through participation in all activities of biodiversity conservation and linking it to development activities, especially because the goal of biodiversity conservation in 2010, (reducing the rate of biodiversity's components loss on the planet) but this goal has not been achieved yet ,despite the efforts done at global , regional and national levels.

He pointed out that Egypt has been a pioneer in biodiversity conservation in accordance with recent trends for more than 25 years, during the last two decades the protected areas staff have gained a lot of skills and expertise which has transformed from absolute protection in the eighties to the integration of conservation processes and sustainable development in the nineties . Currently an integrated environmental management approach has been applied with the beginning of the twenty-first century, which depend on the application of the ecosystem approach to reach the main objective which is conservation for the welfare of society.

The celebration included the inauguration of several exhibitions of international organizations on the role of children in environmental protection and the right of the child in the sound use of the environment and in a clean environment, and also includes several other exhibitions from the ministries of environment, culture , social solidarity , the University of Alexandria and some NGOs working in the field of the environment where it has shown how to recycle waste, as well as how to make environmental handicrafts .


Minister of the Environment referring Torah Cement Company to the Attorney General

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, has referred the head of Torah Cement Company to the attorney general to take the necessary legal action against him for violating the environmental requirements stipulated in Law No. 4 of 1994, as amended by Law No. 9 of 2009, despite providing all the technical and administrative assistance for the company to comply with the law.

George also decided to stop operating the production lines number 5 and 7 because it produces emissions harmful to public health of citizens in the area of Tora, Helwan , because the company doesn't comply with the environmental conditions plan agreed upon with the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency.

In this context several judgments have been issued against the company, however, it continued its environmental violation , so the Minister of Environment has referred the head of the company to the Attorney General.


People's Assembly's Health and Environment Committee visited Wadi El- Gemal's protected area.

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs conducted a field visit to People's Assembly's Health and Environment Committee to Wadi El-Gemal's protected area.
They inaugurated new environmental projects, including visitors' center and tent displaying handicrafts of Alababdp tribes, local residents of this area. Committee's members inspected mangrove and coral reefs' areas and conduct cruise to inspect sharks and whales of the region.

Researchers of Wadi El-Gemal's protected area provided representation about main features , characteristics , distinctive features of the unique biodiversity of this region , management plan for its development , plan to address illegal fishing , most important achievements of the protected area in controlling violation and the economic value of biodiversity within this area .

Committee members commended performance of the protected area's officials, permanent development and exerted efforts by researchers to protect cultural heritage of local population; they demanded preparation of an institutional framework aiming to support young people visits to protected areas. They highlighted that incomes achieved by eco-tourism may exceed many important industries, as it characterized by sustainability.

It is worth mentioning that Wadi El-Gemal's protected area distinguished by the existence of the third largest group of Sunset Falcon in the world and its complete purity from pollution. Its buildings derived from the Roman building, which represents the old environment of Wadi El-Gemal.


Signing cooperation protocol with the National Telecommunications RegulatoryAuthority for controlling noise levels resulting from air conditioning systems of cell phone transmitters.

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs signed cooperation protocol with National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority aiming to control noise levels resulting from air conditioning systems of cell phone transmitters. The protocol covers all requirements that must be provided and abide by mobile phone companies when establishing their stations, as well as actions to be taken in case of any complaint of noise from units and air conditioning systems of cell phone transmitters.

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs conducted a joint study with the NTA and the National Institute of Telecommunications about noise levels resulting from cell phone transmitters to determine the most appropriate way to reduce noise from air conditioning systems.

In the framework of activating provisions of this Protocol, Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs is currently providing technical support through holding training courses for engineers working in the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority on how to control noise levels resulting from air conditioning systems in cell phone transmitters, and the possibility to follow-up necessary environmental requirements to reduce environmental risks from these stations.


Environment approved on the establishment of phosphate fertilizer factory in Sadat City.

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs approved on the establishment of a project producing phosphate fertilizers in the fifth industrial zone of Sadat City, costing 300 million pounds and providing 500 direct and indirect jobs. MSEA reviewed and evaluated environmental impact assessment study and supplementary data to insure project's compliance with all specifications, principles and requirements prescribed by Law No. 4 /1994 amended by Law No. 9 /2009.

The ministry obligated project to use environment-friendly technology compatible with local and international environmental laws, use natural gas, install required chumminess, take all necessary measures to improve fuel combustion and conduct periodic maintenance of boilers and chimneys to reduce their emissions.

MSEA stressed upon the importance of committing with permissible allowed limits of outdoor air pollutants , compliance with allowed limits mentioned in annexes (5,6) of the Executive Regulations of Law No. 4 / 1994 ; committing with good ventilation and reduction of gas emissions , air pollutants inside places of productive activities , take all necessary precautions to reduce spread of dust and suspended particles ; installation of filters and cyclones to reduce pollution of the surrounding environment.

As stated in MSEA's requirements the factory is committed to erect a fence with appropriate height cultivated with trees belt around its site, reuse industrial wastewater discharged from the factory provided its compliance with criteria mentioned in laws and ministerial decrees concerning discharge on public sewer system , constructing floors and tankers resistant and non penetrating acid to prevent contamination of groundwater in the region , commit with limits of maximum noise levels , conduct periodical radiological survey for phosphate levels to make sure of radiation levels and implement a plan for environmental self-monitoring.

The factory must commit with sound and environmentally safe disposal of solid waste through their collection and delivery to an authorized contractor for final disposal in Sadat City's official landfill; in addition to safe transport, storage and handling of all raw materials and chemicals; preparation of environmental register and a register for factory's hazardous waste and make them available for inspection


MSEA and El-Sharkia governorate hold a meeting to discuss problem of coal kilns.

MSEA Regional Branch in Sharkia governorate holds an expanded meeting in Sharkia governorate to discuss the problem of coal kilns in Bilbeis city. The meeting attended by Ministry's high rank officials and more than 40 person representing 127 kilns, mostly located along Ismailia canal and considered a source of pollution.

The meeting discussed the proposal submitted by EEAA Regional Branch, of developing coal kilns at their current location due to lack of appropriate area in Bilbeis city to which coal kilns can be transferred, in addition to presenting a model for a developed kiln by Arab Contractors company compliance with emissions and environmental standards stipulated by Environmental Law No. 4 /1994, amended by law 9 / 2009.

Kilns' owners were granted grace period for 15 days ending on 30/5/2010 to consider the offer submitted by Arab Contractors company, and preview the developed model, which was implemented in Beni Suef governorate, or any other models fit and conform to environmental standards, in preparation for initiating development procedures, adapt themselves to solve the problem lasted for many years.

This meeting complements exerted efforts by Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs to address pollution problem in Sharkia governorate, achieve better environmental standards, ensure safe environment for people to protect citizens' health, integrate environmental dimension in all areas to achieve healthy, safe and clean environment.


El-Zeraean Hospital reconciles its environmental compliance.


Environmental Inspection bodies of MSEA in collaboration with Greater Cairo and Fayoum sub-Lab inspected incinerator of El-Zeraean hospital in Dokki to follow up its environmental compliance. The inspection resulted in hospital's commitment with keeping environmental records, conducting a comprehensive maintenance of the incinerator, changing lighters to be operated with natural gas, increase height of the chimney and install meters for measuring temperature inside the combustion chambers. Chimney's emissions were measured and found to be within the limits permitted by Law No. 4 /1994 amended by Law No. 9 / 2009.

Previously, MSEA issued its orders to stop the incinerator till installing filters for purifying gases and reduce emissions from the chimney, after receiving complaint from Dokki residents from chimney's emissions .The incinerator with a capacity of 50 kg / h, operated every two hours with total amount of 120 kg / day approximately.

It is noteworthy that MSEA is keen to activate Environmental Law against violators so that reduce environmental damage caused by illegal activities ,emphasis on the full conscious and application of environment law to maintain citizens' health and safety.


George: Legal actions were taken against polluters of Khurshid area, east of Alexandria. Egyptian Plastic and Electricity Company achieved its environmental compliance.

Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs issued his directives to take legal actions against polluters of 3 feddan cultivated with agricultural crops in Khurshid area located east of Alexandria .This pollution resulted from spill of diesel fuel due to braking of a pipe designed to transport petroleum products through agricultural lands .An inspection committee from Alexandria Branch examined effects of this pollution and obligated polluters to provide MSEA with documents proving removal of this leakage and compensation of the 6 owners and farmers for damage occurred in their lands.
A committee from MSEA inspected Egyptian Plastics and Electricity Company, within its plans to obligate industrial establishments to achieve their environmental compliance. The committee discovered company's commitment with environmental conditions through availability of its both updated environmental record demonstrating its impact upon the surrounding environment and its register of hazardous substance and wastes demonstrating safety methods of storage, use and final disposal of empty containers and waste through safety collection , transportation and delivery to Nasiriyah hazardous waste landfill .
The company committed with industrial wastewater treatment through a constructed treatment plant and availability of preventive equipments for employees. It conducted feasibility and environmental studies concerning benefits that will be gained through substituting diesel fuel with natural gas in operating boilers and furnaces, as the company is in respect of connecting natural gas by the end of 2010.
The company ,in coordination with Alexandria Branch, Industrial Pollution Abatement Project (first phase), World Bank and German Reconstruction Bank implemented number of projects including: control of lead smelter ; separate, recover and reuse lead oxide pulp; receiving, distributing and reducing acid; industrial wastewater treatment plant ; controlling sulfuric acid fumes and reuse of cooling water.


Ministry of Environment participates in the environment festival for the developed schools of El- Marg in coordination with Heliopolis association and Cairo governorate (Together towards a clean and green schools)

The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs participates in the development of 100 schools, this project is implemented by the Heliopolis Association under the chairmanship of Mrs. / Suzanne Mubarak, through its three main axes, 1- Afforestation and increasing green spaces, where the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs has contributed by the cultivation of 77 .000 trees, as well as dissemination of green spaces with a total an area of 32 .000 m2 in 27 schools at El- Marg and 36 school at El Zaton, 52 schools at Elsalam and 9 schools at Elnahda .

At the level of lifting waste and environmental development the ministry has raised half a million cubic meters of waste inside residential areas and Mohamed Naguib canal and other canals in coordination with the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation , in addition to the establishment of a transitional station on the area of five acres at El Marg district for exchanging waste between trucks of residential areas and transmitting trucks, in addition to the establishment of an intermediate station to sort waste to avoid the random sorting .

The environmental awareness axe includes a number of activities like the implementation of seminars to raise awareness of environmental issues in addition to implementing educational workshops, for identifying methods of solid waste recycling making use of its components and organizing of environmental contests among students and the distribution of symbolic prizes to the winners, in addition to the establishment of two educational units for recycling paper waste at Elmarg secondary school for girls and Qasim Amin primary school , and forming awareness groups from schools students with the importance of protecting the environment , the activities also include showing environmental films as well as the establishment of environmental libraries in all schools, including the Ministry's publications and the Green Corner Unit for environmental awareness .

The Ministry has organized a training program to increase capacity and rehabilitation of teachers who supervise the environmental activities in schools and other activities aimed at raising awareness of environmental problems.

In his speech Eng / Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, which has been delivered by Chief Executive officer of EEAA in a celebration organized by Heliopolis Association and Elmarg secondary school for Boys that the environmental issues of Egypt have been given attention and support from President / Mohamed Hosni Mubarak as assured in his speech in front of the People's Assembly and Shura Council, in which he said that "preserving the environment is no longer a luxury, but it becomes national duty " which emphasizes the political leadership's concern in environmental issues and reflects the deep faith of the importance of preserving the environment .
Egypt will start a new phase in dealing with environmental issues linking it to the development issues to keep pace with the global development in this area At the end of his speech . George addressed his greetings and appreciation to Ms. / Suzanne Mubarak, who gives a great attention for children and youth of Egypt , also he greeted to the Director of 100 schools development project and to the ladies supervising the implementation of the project


A detailed study to cover areas deprived of sanitation services in El- sharquia Governorate


The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs in coordination with drinking water and sanitation company has prepared a detailed study in El- sharquia Governorate to cover all areas without sanitation services, the results of the study were presented to the governor of El- sharquia Governorate to provide funds and to start implementing the project.

The regional Branch of El- sharquia Governorate in coordination with the concerned authorities has formed a working groups of the cities and local units to be responsible for identifying the residential areas that discharged randomly its sewage water on the waterways, to control and punish the violators in coordination with environment police .

The regional Branch has identified these places using maps, geographical information systems and linking them to sewage treatment plants to serve the residential areas, in addition to preparing the technical study and financial cost required to start the implementation of the project.


A workshop for environmental experts supporting the environmental courts


Cairo House has witnessed the convention of a workshop on the legal and technical framework for preparing environmental experts' reports.

This workshop was convened in coordination between the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs to provide technical and legal support for experts and supporting environmental court system established by the Ministry of Justice in the various courts of first instance.

The workshop also aimed at capacity building of environmental experts and helping the judges in the preparation of various environmental reports.

The workshop addressed the most important environmental issues and the importance of prompt settlement of such issues and the important role played by environmental courts.

The workshop addressed how the environmental experts perform their different tasks, and how to estimate the amount of compensation for environmental damage of air pollution, soil or water and the importance of inspections and measurements conducted by environmental experts to present it at the environmental cases through environmental courts specializes in environmental protection and human health protection.


Environment organized training course on the "Application of CITES Convention and Combating illicit Trafficking in Wildlife".

Regional Branch in Hurghada affiliated to Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs organized a training course on "Application of CITES and Combating Illicit Trafficking in Wildlife ", in collaboration with the General Authority for Veterinary Services, executive body of CITES convention and International Fund for Animal Welfare . It included comprehensive presentation about CITES , local legislation , local authorities and their role in executing the Convention, procedures for issuing permits related to CITES' application ,information about vulnerable species covered by the Convention and main obstacles facing CITES application in Egypt .

The course aimed to provide participants with knowledge and skills necessary for CITES' application and combat illicit trafficking in wildlife. Representatives from Customs Authority in Hurghada airport, Hurghada and Safaga ports, Veterinary and Agriculture Quarantine Authority, Ministries of Agriculture, Environment and Red Sea protectorates participated in the training course.

It is worth mentioning that Egypt has recently taken part in activities of the 15th Conference of Parties to CITES Convention, which was held in Doha –Qatar. CITES' Convention concerned with organizing trade in fauna and flora species threatened with extinction.


MSEA conducts environmental monitoring campaigns to northern lakes

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs assured that implementation of periodic follow-up program for the environmental status of northern lakes in Egypt are among MSEA most important priorities .This program aiming to monitor water quality ,bottom sediment , flora and fauna plankton, pollution sources and various sources discharging on northern lakes to develop a comprehensive concept for lakes' integrated management, to preserve them from pollution and maximize benefits from their natural resources, taking into account sustainable development of lakes and adjacent areas.

Monitoring program includes 4 field campaigns for monitoring 54 stations distributed on the five lakes actually represent water quality and sediment in the lake, and impact of different land-based sources on the lakes. The first and second field campaigns of monitoring program have been carried in cooperation with the National Institute of Oceanography and fisheries, through which water quality of the following properties "hydro chemical, heavy metals, total organic material, total insecticides, nutrients, plant and animal plankton, bacteria indicators, total petroleum, hydrocarbons." As well monitoring quality of bottom sediments including, water content granular size , total and organic carbon, organic and total phosphorus, total and organic nitrogen, hydrogen sulfide, heavy metals, total pesticides, aromatic hydrocarbons, bottom flora and fauna ".

This program is the beginning to establish integrated database about lakes' environmental status, through which environmental status of north lakes can be assessed in preparation for implementing national strategy for coastal management, which considered the base for launching concept plan and future plans about lakes' integrated management, for protecting, solving their problems and ensuring their sustainable development.


This program is the base through which operational steps to develop a comprehensive vision towards rehabilitation of lakes, control pollution sources and improve environmental status of lakes. Depending on monitoring results this program will be assessed in terms of stations' number and different measurements, after which rest of Egyptian lakes, will be added respectively.


Minister of Environment visits Germany to attend a meeting of environment ministers on climate change

Eng, Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs left Cairo on the head of high-level delegation to Bonn, Germany upon the invitation of German and Mexican Ministers of Environment to attend a ministerial meeting hosted by Germany, inaugurated by German Chancellor "Angela Merkel" to make negotiations and consultation on climate change as preparation to Conference Parties to be held next December in Mexico, as part of a joint invitation for 45 environmental ministers all around the world .

The meeting aims to explore views on how to revive negotiations, especially after the Copenhagen Conference (December 2009) so as to reach an agreement that satisfies the interests of all developing and developed countries as well.

The meeting will review the global situation on the basic issues of climate change including Egypt's status by discussing several axes, like the issues of adaptation , financing , technology transfer , institutional arrangements, capacity building, shared vision, as well as issues of mitigation and means of implementation.


Ministry of Environment Participates in a conference to combat pollution at mangrove forests in the natural protectorates on the coast of the Red Sea

The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs participated through the natural protectorates sector of the ministry (Red Sea protectorates) at a conference about the conclusion of the first phase to save the mangrove forests of the natural protectorates on the coast of the Red Sea in Hurghada, in cooperation with the ministries of petroleum , agriculture , fisheries as well as local government bodies and civil society organizations in Red Sea governorate, which organized by the Islamic American International Organization where the first phase has been completed of the project at Safaga and abu Minkar to be extended to the rest of natural protectorates of Red Sea coast and Sinai.


The project aims to develop a scientific basis to save the mangrove forests deployed at 28 sites on the shores of the Red Sea from oil pollution and the removal of solid waste resulting from the passage of ships using safe scientific methods don't harm the environment and protect it from extinction and severe erosion in preparation for the development of permanent protection systems, and dissemination of environmental awareness among young people living in these coastal areas and make them aware of the importance of mangrove forests and invited them to participate actively in the implementation of the project, as well as strengthening cooperation with relevant bodies in the region to preserve this natural renewable wealth .

The project is considered one of the projects that seek to protect biological diversity and natural resources from pollution and destruction as a mangrove forest one of the key elements that represent an eco-system products in their natural environment, providing food and protection for many rare species of fish and sea creatures, birds and endemic species rare ones. The mangrove forests plays an important role in cleaning the air and stabilizes the soil erosion factors and in addition to important element for tourist attractions and production of honey bees and mangrove flower used in manufacturing of medicine.


Ministry of Environment: containing the oil spill at Ras Sidr

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs gave his directives quickly to contain oil spills which appeared in the region of Ras Shukheir airport at Suez Gulf at the northern port of Soko adjacent to the south coast of Ras Gharib, caused by leakage of oil waste from Russian ship at ship waiting area in front of the loading dock affiliated to the General Company for Petroleum in Ras Sidr.

An airplane belonging to Petroleum Air Services working with GAPCO company has witnessed oil waste discharge from the ship called Zalev Anadyr Agent of Barroel carrying a Russian flag , owned by Presco company with a length of 1 km and the 200 meters, , and GAPCO company has removed the oil spill mechanically.

A joint committee of the regional branch of Red Sea affiliated to the Ministry of Environment has inspected the area and there were no oil waste and the Committee noticed a thin shiny layer beside the ship , The Ministry has taken the legal actions and addressing the General Petroleum Company and Petroleum Authority not to allow the ship to travel before paying the compensation for environmental damage caused by the accident and the payment of the cost of removing it for GAPCO company.


Ministry of Environment: The continuous inspections and periodical environmental monitoring on bitter lakes.

Engineer Maged George, Minister of State for Environment Affairs assured that the ministry is conducting a continuous environmental inspection over pollution sources along the large and small Bitter Lakes, and periodic follow-up to the water quality of the Bitter Lakes and agricultural banks, in addition to coordination and follow-up among the relevant authorities.

George assured that the establishment of lifting stations No. 1 / 3 at Fayed City, as well as the main treatment plant with a capacity of about 10 .000 m 3 / day, reduced sewage load on the Bitter Lakes, and serves some of the resorts located on the Bitter Lakes, and reduced the environmental problems facing the lakes, such as mixed discharge of agricultural waste water.

The Bitter Lakes are part of the navigation path of the Suez Canal and the small Bitter Lakes are shared by the governorates of Suez and Ismailia while the large Bitter Lakes located in Ismailia Governorate, the space of small Bitter Lakes is approximately 40 km2 (9525 acres), while the large Bitter Lakes is 194 km 2 (approximately 46. 190 acres)


Ministry of Environment holds a workshop about "supporting the capacities of Arab countries in the field of nanotechnology"

The Ministry of State for Environment Affairs holds a Regional workshop in Alexandria in the field of nanotechnology with the presence of representatives from more than 17 Arab countries, public and private sectors in cooperation with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research in order to raise awareness of Arab States on topics related to technology, nanotechnology as one of the promising technologies that can be used in many medical, industrial fields and environmental protection.

This workshop was held in the framework of the ministry's keenness to implement the National Action Plan of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management(SAICM), including the activation of programs to support capacity building .This workshop was attended by experts from Switzerland, Germany and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and it presented a comprehensive overview of the concept of technologies and nanotechnology on the International level , and its applications in the Arab countries and the challenges facing these countries to ensure the safe use of these promising technologies.

The workshop recommended the need to exchange experiences with international consulting firms and leading Arab countries in this field, in addition to the activation of programs to support capacity building financed by the United Nations specialized agencies, it also recommended the need to establish centers of excellence in Arab countries.


Environment: Take legal action against polyester workshops in Damietta.

A committee composed from EEAA Regional Branch in Mansoura and Environmental Affairs Department affiliated to Damietta governorate in cooperation with Environment Police in Damietta to inspect workshops using polyester in painting furniture in Al-Shoara and Ezab El-Nahda districts in Damietta governorate.

The inspection reveals (11) workshop using polyester substance in spraying furniture in streets outside cabins allocated to this function , leading to release gaseous emissions in violation of Environmental Law No. 4 / 1994 amended with law 9 / 2009, in addition workers are not committed with safety precaution and wearing protection equipments to prevent occupational hazards.

Eight legal records about these facilities were edited and transferred to General Attorney, in addition addressing Secretary General of Damietta governorate with results of this campaign in order to issue decision to close these workshops as it represents danger to the environment and citizen's health.

This campaign comes in the framework of implementing Eng. Maged George's directives to EEAA Regional Branches with the need of reducing pollution sources to preserve citizens' health and environment .


Environment: Intensify environmental awareness campaigns in most in need villages in Minia Governorate.

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, through its Regional Branch in Assiut Governorate, implemented an environmental awareness campaign in Minia Governorate directed to people, local councils members and students of schools in Malwi city's villages during March, April and May 2010 in collaboration with Environmental Affairs Department in Minya governorate. These campaigns executed in the framework of EEAA Regional Branch's plan to raise environmental awareness in most in need villages.

The program included awareness lectures about the importance of environmental conservation, solid waste management and uses EM substance (micro beneficial organisms) in environmental fields, particularly in recycling agricultural waste to produce organic fertilizers instead of burning them and pollute the environment. The program also included display of environmental awareness films and gifting these schools booklets, posters and environmental journals issued by Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs.

It is noteworthy that Ministry's plan to support most in need villages, amounting to 151 village, consists of several pivots including: raise environmental awareness of these villages through conducting many environmental awareness seminars (about 203 seminars) , prepare an integrated system to deal with solid waste through provide these villages with cleanliness equipments , establish controlled landfill , waste collection stations and raise efficiency of the already existed solid waste recycling plants.


Environment conducted inspection campaigns on Gharbia Governorate establishments in Kafr El-Zayat city.

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs through EEAA Central Department in Tanta city conducted inspection campaigns on large , medium and small establishments in Kafr El-Zayat city in collaboration with General Directorate of Environmental Inspection, Security Department in Gharbia governorate and Environment Police in Kafr El-Zayat,.

Inspection campaigns over large industrial facilities in Kafr El-Zayat resulted in presence of numerous violations represented in discharge of industrial effluents , emissions from stacks and units producing sulfuric acid, lack of preventive equipments and precautions , emissions from boilers stacks, increasing rates of gaseous emissions(sulfur dioxide) inside working environment , incomplete data of environmental record, not keeping a record explaining safely methods to dispose hazardous waste , use of mazzot in residential areas. As for Inspection campaigns over small and medium facilities in Kafr El-Zayat, resulted in presence of 46 brick factories including 23 violating , 13 coal kilns including 7 violating , as well as the foundry located in Kafr El-Zayat city which is violating stacks' requirements of safety , lack of preventive precautions and safely methods of disposing solid waste. Necessary legal actions have been taken against all violating facilities.


Ministry of Environment: referring a driver from EEAA to the Attorney General


Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs gave his orders to refer one of the drivers of EEAA for investigation, accusing him for collecting and selling some rare species of birds .
The Minister asked the CEO of EEAA to stop this driver from working until the end of the investigation, and there has been a decision issued for that matter .


Delegation from the National Council for Women visited Whales valley in Fayoum.

Delegation of leaders from National Council for Women accompanied by Dr. Mawaheb Abul Azm, Chief Executive Officer, EEAA visited today Whales Valley area in Fayoum, to participate in the invitation to activate environmental local tourism, due to the importance of Whales valley area as the first world natural heritage site in Egypt inaugurated by Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak in February 2008 after its declaration in 2007.

During the visit historic presentation about the area indicating that interest with Fayoum excavations started in 1876 ,then successive visits and expeditions missions visited the area including Michigan mission in 1989 which registered 406 skeletons of old whales , mermaids , fossils of other vertebrate and crocodiles , sharks and plants; where a file had been prepared nominating whales Valley to be included on the World Heritage List in 2005 as the first World Heritage site in Egypt among 13 sites only over the world.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs highlighted the importance of cooperation with the Italian side in supporting and developing whales' area; where a strategy has been prepared to develop the site touristically through Tourism Development Authority to be listed on the world tourism map in cooperation with the Center for Scientific Heritage Studies, Cairo University.

He referred to the fact that Whales Valley is one of the most important areas of Fayoum located about 12 km west of Wadi Rayan protectorate, and considered a unique natural open museum; studies have proved the presence of 406 whales skeletons, including 205 complete skeleton; in addition to presence of a lot of vertebrate animals, fish, dolphins and mangroves returned back to more than 40 million years ago. The region also characterized with the existence of mammals' fossils, depicting the evolutionary process between primitive and modern Whale.


Environment is about to implement a project to replace two-stroke motorbikes with four-stroke in Greater Cairo

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs is studying the implementation of a project to replace 10.000 two-stroke licensed motorbike in Greater Cairo with another four-stroke . The project will be implemented through a pilot phase involve the replacement of 1000 motorbikes costing about 5 million Egyptian pounds, provided as economic incentives to owners of these motorcycles and the rest of the amount will be borne by Motorcycle owners .The old two-stroke motorbike will be scraped and Traffic Department issue a certificate about their conditions .

The EEAA conduct a field study among owners of two-stroke motorbikes in Greater Cairo area to determine their response in implementing such a project, results revealed that large proportion of Motorcycle owners had agreed to the idea of the project.

It is noteworthy that numbers of motorbikes in Greater Cairo (two – four) stroke are approximately 362 thousand motorcycles (Cairo governorate 172 thousand - Giza 114 thousand – Qaliubiya governorate 76 thousand). Their emissions affect air quality, so that Ministry of Environment exerted numerous efforts to reduce their emissions, among which impose ban on production of two-stroke engines motorcycles with all their forms, shapes and sizes in Egypt as of 31/12/2007 according to Ministry of Commerce and Industry's decree No. 85 /2004 , as well as issue decree No. 23 /2008 to stop importation of two-stroke motorcycles with all their forms, shapes and sizes as of 11/1/2008 .These efforts succeed in contorting sources of two-stroke motorcycles in Egypt, either through local production or import.


Ministry of Environment holds closing workshop for National Environmental, Economical and Development Study "NEEDS" project.

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs held today the closing workshop for the National Environmental , Economical and Development Study "NEEDS" project , aiming to address climate change , attended by Ministry's leaders and experts working in environmental field, to declare project's results which will be followed by printing and delivering project's final report.

Main sectors have been identified and detailed studies were conducted by determining needs in energy and agriculture sectors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt with dangers of climate change and mitigate their impacts, develop monitoring and research systems, develop monitoring systems for coastal areas and seas, propose some required studies and projects to address dangers of climate change and reduce their impacts and the develop institutional systems operating in climate change fields on all levels.

The study presented during the workshop include an assessment of the financial cost of proposed projects and their economic evaluation, so as results of this study will become policy working paper about economic and financial aspects to bridge the gap between identified priorities in climate change field and the national development plan. As well as identify financial resources and regulatory tools on national and international level. The workshop highlighted the importance of participate in national and international efforts to overcome threats and risks in line with national development policies.

It is worth mention that ,UNFCCC secretariat provided assistance ,upon Egypt request ,for conducting a study about financial requirements for implementing mitigation and adaptation measures, to bridge the gap between climate change initiatives and national development strategy .This study will enable Egypt government to conclude agreements in mitigation and adaptation feilds , activate financial channels and executive regulations in order to support these fields .


Environment: Seizing large quantities of hazardous waste in Victoria district in Alexandria

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, through its Regional Branch in Alexandria managed to seize quantities of hazardous waste in Victoria district in Alexandria, in cooperation with Environment Police. The inspection resulted in arresting a citizen sorting out and storing hazardous waste represented in photographic films, empty containers with remains of motor oils, sprayers of insecticides, huge sacks containing large amount of metal and plastic bottles with remains of paint.

The inspection resulted in the presence of 2 rooms without doors filled with hazardous waste of chemicals and paints, in addition to large amounts of plastic waste represented in the electric pipes, shampoo cans, parts of damaged cars, filters, lamps, washing machines plastic hoses, plastic bottles of soft drinks and plastic headphones.

MSEA had taken necessary legal action against violators and asked Alexandria Branch's officials to remove these waste.

Minster of Environment called for the importance of activating environmental law against offenders, so that taken actions will lead to accelerate adjusting conditions of violating establishments and keeping EEAA's right to impose financial penalties and compensate for environmental damages caused by illegal activities, in addition to dealing with issues according to their size and the importance of continuing sudden inspection campaigns during late hours at night and on weekends.


Ministry of Environment takes the legal actions against the hunters of endangered turtles and falcons

The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs through Nature Conservation Sector , has made a number of intensive inspection campaigns on safari stations in the Red Sea according to the directives of Eng, Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs to increase control on the biodiversity conservation and protection of endangered species.

The inspection resulted in the seizure of 4 endangered wild tortoises and 2 Falcons south of El Koseer , and those species have been classified as an endangered species which the Egyptian law and international conventions prohibits its trafficking or hunting without a permit of EEAA, where the inspection revealed the absence of permits with the hunters which proves the consent of EEAA to sell these species.

The Ministry has to take necessary legal actions against the hunters of those species for violating the Law No. 4 of 1994, as amended by the Act 9 of 2009 in addition to releasing the falcons and delivering the tortoises to Giza zoo .


Environment: Third meeting of the National Committee to Combat Bird Flu

Third meeting of the National Committee to combat bird flu held today , headed by Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs and attended by ministers of agriculture, health, local development and governors of Cairo, Giza, Helwan, 6 October, Menoufiya, Gharbia, Qalubiya, Beni Suef, Dakahlia, Fayoum, and Sharkia.

The meeting reviewed the most important actions taken by Ministry of Health, review national strategy for combating bird flu, assesses the epidemiological situation of avian influenza in the concerned governorates, displays the capacity of slaughterhouses in governorates and discusses the current status of poultry farms in governorates and moving them out of residential areas .

The meeting also introduced the joint assessment reports conducted by United Nations organizations about Egyptian government's efforts to control Avian Influenza virus; where the Coordinator of the United Nations Regional Office for Avian flue and the Office of the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Cairo upon the request of the Supreme National Committee for Avian Influenza organize a joint assessment mission from FAO,UNICEF and WHO at the end of 2009, intended to review and evaluate activities of the Egyptian government to control the spread of avian influenza and to identify areas that need development.

The mission concluded with some recommendations based on four levels, administrative structure, strategy , implementation, monitoring and analysis; among these procedures involve poultry producers in decision-making processes to facilitate their compliance with measures to control the disease and control risks in raising domestic poultry and live bird markets; in addition to update strategic plans, prepare new national plan for the progressive control of avian influenza in poultry sector and ensure early detection of virus mutations.


Environment: an intensive inspection campaign on cafes in New Cairo

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs issued his directions to Central Administration for Inspection and Environmental Compliance to verify complaints received from citizens affected by cafes in New Cairo, joint committee was formed in cooperation with Facilities Police and New Cairo City to conduct inspection campaigns on these cafes.

The inspection resulted in capturing 8 cafes violating environment by burning coal openly in public road causing environment pollution , lack of permits for practicing their activity , not specifying smoking area for smokers , allow smoking in enclosed public places and occupying public road with chairs and tables.

MSEA has taken legal action against violators; in addition Chief Executive Officer of New Cairo City issued a decision to close violating cafes which was implemented by closing them with red wax and confiscating 40 hookahs.

George called for the importance of activating environmental law against offenders, so that taken actions will lead to accelerate adjusting conditions of violating establishments and keeping EEAA's right to impose financial penalties and compensate for environmental damages caused by illegal activities, in addition to dealing with issues according to their size and the importance of continuing sudden inspection campaigns during late hours at night and on weekends.


Ministry of Environment organizes a training program in the field of cleaner production in cooperation with the German institutional Twinning Project

The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs in cooperation with the German institutional Twinning Project ( the integrated System for waste and hazardous substances management) and cleaner production Centre technology organizes a two-day training program in the field of "Cleaner Production & Reduction of hazardous waste and management of industrial wastewater," at Cairo House.

The program aims to transfer the German expertise in the field of "the sound management of hazardous waste," whether liquid or other wastes, and to identify new technologies that are used in different industrial sectors and their applicability in Egypt, in addition to the preparation of qualified cadres from ministries , agencies and regional branches of EEAA to achieve the principle of cleaner production in Egyptian factories and replace old technologies with modern ones, with less dangerous chemicals.

The program focused on the industries that adversely affect the environment, such as paints, leather, metal, and how to reduce hazardous waste and wastewater resulting from industrial processes, such as leather, iron, textile and chemical industries, the program targeted 60 trainee staff from EEAA and its branches and other ministries of petroleum , Health , the Interior, Electricity and Energy and the Holding Company for natural gas


Ministry of Environment launches "youth participation campaign" , in cooperation with the National Democratic Party

The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs in cooperation with the National Democratic Party in Helwan governorate launched "youth participation campaign" in the light of consolidating the principle of voluntarism and contribution in community service and environment development among young people, under the auspices of Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs and Mr. Mohamed Safwat Al Sheriff, Secretary-General of the National Democratic Party and President of the Shura Council, in the presence of Dr. Abd El Hayy Ebeid, Secretary General of the National Party in Helwan , representatives of the National Democratic Party and leaders of the Ministry of Environment.

The campaign Includes cleaning and tree planting in Helwan governorate, and seminars for raising environmental awareness among the young people in addition to community participation for young people and workshops for environmental awareness. The Ministry of Environment has supported the campaign with a number of 1000 trees in addition to T-shirts and caps to be distributed for the participating youth , 100 plastic garbage container, and ministry publications.

This campaign is the first among 11 other campaigns will be implemented in various governorates of Egypt in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and National Democratic Party, in the framework of the election program of President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, which stresses the need for raising environmental awareness among Egyptian young people for a better future .

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs in his speech at the opening ceremony of the campaign clarified that our concern for young Egyptian people is one of the Basic concerns of the ministry, which includes the Ministry's efforts in environmental awareness , afforestation in addition to environmental awareness weeks in the Egyptian universities, where the Ministry of the Environment appreciates the value of youth volunteering in the service of the Egyptian Environmental issues.


Ministry of Environment: an Extensive inspection campaigns on cement factories in Beni Suef


The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs has launched inspection campaigns on cement factories in Beni Suef, through a Committee from the regional branch of Assiut, where the inspection reveals a number of environmental violations for Environmental Law No. 4 of 1994, as amended by Law No. 9 of 2009. at Egypt Cement Company, including a large quantities of solid wastes (scrap iron and old barrels) in Several places within the plant, inspection also revealed that factory workers didn't wear safety masks and goggles at all sections of the plant, also an amount of soft dust , at the bottom of filter of product line 2, which lead to volatilisation of dust, in addition to not finding tanks of retrieved oil.
Inspection also revealed that the authorization for the General Authority for Industrial Development has not been renewed for the new production line, in addition to the unsafe disposal of medical hazardous waste resulting from medical clinic.

On the other hand, the Committee inspected Beni Suef Cement Co and it was found that there are several environmental violations including not wearing protective masks and goggles, also an amount of soft dust was found at the bottom of by-pass machine, which lead to volatilisation of dust, and the presence of solid waste of iron scrap near the cement mills, in addition to noise violations and violating measurements of nitrogen oxides from all the chimneys.

The ministry has issued a number of police records and referred it to the public prosecution to take the necessary legal procedures .


Ministry of Environment signed a memorandum of understanding with the Canadian counterpart to convert 1200 tons of waste into reusable energy .


Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs witnessed the signature of a memorandum of understanding between EEAA and the Canadian side for a municipal solid waste treatment project, the project aims to convert 1.200 tons of waste into commercially usable energy without any negative impacts on environment and health in Greater Cairo.

The Canadian side completed an initial feasibility study for the preparation and processing of a national plan for the production of energy from waste in Arab Republic of Egypt to be submitted to the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs and the concerned authorities for approval and implementation , and the ministry is committed to identify project site and processing infrastructure, in addition to implementation of any similar projects through presenting certificates of carbon reduction emissions.

The Canadian side is committed to provide the required funding necessary for the project, in addition to establishing an Egyptian company to build and operate project's facilities and provide job opportunities for Egyptian citizens.
The company will also supervise the test and operating of the plant of converting waste to energy according to technical , environmental and legal Egyptian standards, in addition to providing an environmental seminars and an Egyptian website in Arabic and English to provide information about the project to all people .

This MoU came in the framework of studying alternatives for optimum utilization of waste, such projects are considered the first in Egypt, and considered one of the alternative energies, which the state encourages its uses in various fields .



George: The Ministry of Environment allocates 13 million pounds to support the most needy villages in Beheira


Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs stated that the ministry had allocated 13 million pounds to support the most needy villages in Beheira governorate where it delivered 21 tractors and 26 dump trucks, in addition to delivering 2 dump cars with capacity of 50 tons , 2 Lauders and 3 trailers for irrigation, in the framework of Ministry's participation in the state plan for developing the most needy villages, which includes 19 villages.

The Ministry has, through its regional branch of Alexandria in cooperation with Beheira governorate has signed contracts for operating cleaning equipments, with a number 9 NGOs divided into 3 NGOs in Abu Homs , 6 associations in the village of Dimisna at Abu Homs village with 2 trailers and 2 tractors for solid waste management system and to activate the role of the civil society organizations in the governorate.

Each association will participate in the governorate cleaning by providing a fence, to maintain equipments, and also to extend the walls of the intermediate dumps in which waste is gathered. The system also includes programs for citizens' awareness to participate actively in the project sustainability.


Environment: Implementing the Strategy for Safe Disposal of Hazardous Medical Waste in cooperation with Swiss Environmental Protection Agency


Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs is taking necessary arrangements for implementing the strategy for safe disposal of hazardous medical waste in cooperation with Swiss Environmental Protection Agency next August. This strategy will be implemented in Greater Cairo as a model that can be duplicated and deployed in all Egypt's governorates in full and effective coordination with the Ministry of Health; two sites will be selected for establishing treatment and final disposal plants of such waste.
Strategy's implementation will focus on human capacity building, develop databases connected to all governorates in Ministries of Health and Environment to follow up and monitor effective implementation of the strategy; in addition to complete elimination of illicit trafficking in hazardous medical waste and evacuate hospitals from inappropriate incinerators to reduce their serious environmental impacts.

It should be noted that MSEA had prepared such a strategy in cooperation with Ministry of Health to highlight sound management approach of medical waste, particularly hazardous wastes, how to use the most appropriate techniques to deal with, raise public awareness about the seriousness of improper management of hazardous medical waste to the environment and health; as well as development of national legislation, policies and sound environmental practices. The strategy emphasizes the concept of waste separation from source and central disposal; it includes proposals for safe, effective, sustainable and acceptable ways for medical waste treatment and disposal, both inside and outside medical facilities.

The strategy focus on the involvement of private sector and civil sector in exerted efforts to put an end for using incinerators in hospitals that produces many gaseous emissions harmful to the environment and public health. The strategy seeks to provide support to national institutions and individuals in medical facilities to improve management of medical waste.
The strategy urges hospitals and medical facilities towards their duty to protect environment and public health, take their responsibility about generated waste and to be sure of the non existence of risk to public health and environment from handling, treatment or disposal of medical waste.


The Ministry of Environment organizes a visit for the orphans to the ministry's nursery in celebration of Orphan's Day .

The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, organizes a visit for the orphans belonging to the institution called "Batan Elgabal" to the nursery affiliated to the Ministry of Environment in celebration of Orphan's Day in the first week of April.

The children have made a tour in the nursery to recognize the most important plants and crops, and the ministry gifted each child a small plant to cultivate it and take care of it , to educate them with the importance of afforestation and dissemination of green spaces, which helps to purify the air from pollution.
At the end of the day the ministry gifted them caps , T-shirts and meals .


Environment: Take legal procedures against violating restaurants in Heliopolis district

Inspection Department affiliated to Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs has taken legal procedures against violating restaurants in Heliopolis district, after examining complaints received from residents of buildings adjacent to restaurants about pollution resulting from their activities. A committee from Complaints' Examination Unit inspects restaurants, where it discovered no existence of environmental record clarifying impact of restaurants' activities on the surrounding environment, which is considered violation to law 4 /2004 amended by law 9 / 2009. They dispose of foods' oils in unsafe way and in places other than those specified for this purpose, in addition to non-conformity of chimneys with environmental requirements in terms of their height and isolation. Officials responsible about these restaurants have been obligated to take necessary measures to prevent noise resulting from their activities ; Ministry of Tourism have been notified to consider restaurants' licenses practicing their activities until late hours at night and causing inconvenience to citizens in adjacent buildings.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs assured on ministry's commitment to examine all complaints received from citizens, whether through Citizens Services Offices affiliated to EEAA's Regional Branches or hotline 19808.

George called for the importance of activating environmental law against offenders, so that taken actions will lead to accelerate adjusting conditions of violating establishments and keeping EEAA's right to impose financial penalties and compensate for environmental damages caused by illegal activities, in addition to dealing with issues according to their size and the importance of continuing sudden inspection campaigns during late hours at night and on weekends.


Environment Organizes "Sustainable Environmental Development" workshop in cooperation with the French University and Dakahlia governorate.

EM Department affiliated to Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs organized a workshop entitled "Sustainable Environmental Development" in cooperation with the French University in Egypt and Dakahlia governorate. The workshop was held in Tami Al-Amdid village in Dakahliya governorate to shed light on the joint cooperation program conducted between MSEA's EM management project , French University and Dakahlia governorate aiming to set up several projects including, production of mushrooms , organic fertilizer (compost) from solid and agricultural waste recycling and gas production from rice straw which is actually available and serves 300 house in the village with complete environmental support.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, issued his directives to "EM project" to activate workshop's outcomes, providing (EM) substance at nominal prices to citizens of the village for use in poultry, agricultural and animal production; in addition to its use in the treatment of sewage water to make Tami Al-Amdid the first green environmental village managed through an integrated environmental system.

French University students presented some projects that could be implemented through both "Gas Production from Rice Straw project "and "EM project" in cooperation with Dakahlia governorate.

EM project is implemented in cooperation with the Japanese organization (EMRO) to produce beneficial multi-purposes micro-organisms used in environment, agricultural, recycling of agricultural and solid waste, water purification and elimination of odors emitted from different industries; in addition to its use in many other different fields to achieve environmental development in Egypt.


George presents his congratulations to Sheikh El- Azhar

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, today visits Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb Sheikh Al-Azhar in the headquarter of El- Azhar sheikhdom to present his congratulations on the occasion of assigning him as Sheikh El- Azhar wishing him success for the good of the Islamic nation .

They also stressed the importance of the role of religious dialogue in the service of environmental issues and activate the positive role of citizens in environmental conservation like increasing afforestation and landscaping throughout Egypt, as all religions stimulate the importance of environmental conservation.


George inaugurates the sixth week of environmental awareness at Cairo University

Eng . Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs inaugurates today, the sixth Environmental Awareness Week at Cairo University in the presence of Dr. Hossam Kamel, president of Cairo University and Prof. Mounir Sabet Country Director of UNDP, and a number of scientists and researchers interested in the environment.

During his speech at the opening ceremony Engineer Maged George assured that the three dimensions of sustainable development (economic, social and environmental )will help economic growth to reach 7.6% by 2017 to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
The Ministry of Environment in collaboration with UNDP, have worked to "Egyptianizing" the seventh goal of the Millennium Development Goals, in cooperation with relevant ministries such as agriculture, housing, irrigation, health, local development and economic development to identify targets and national indicators coping with the specificity of the Egyptian society, which includes achieving the seventh goal by 2015.

George pointed out that the ministry cooperates with all the Egyptian universities in the implementation of environmental awareness weeks to activate young people participation with environmental issues and to play a positive role in environmental conservation, like implementing clean-up campaigns , tree planting and beautification within the university.

Eng . Maged George has conducted a dialogue with students in which he reviewed the efforts made by the Ministry for the reduction of air pollution on the level of transferring factories from residential blocks in addition to replacing new taxis instead of the old, and the role played by the ministry in the field of protection of the River Nile from pollution , he also pointed out the importance of activating the role of citizens and civil society in protecting the environment to support the efforts undertaken by the government.


Mrs . Suzanne Mubarak sponsors the Earth Hour initiative for the second year


Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, stated that Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak sponsors the initiative of "Earth Hour" for the second year consecutively , where the lights of Egypt will be turned off on Saturday 27/3/2010 for an hour starting from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm.

George said that cultural and touristic sites in Egypt will turn off their lights , including the pyramids, the Sphinx, SalahEldin's Citadel, Cairo Tower, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina , monuments in Luxor, in addition to a number of hotels in a clear response from the Ministries of Culture and Tourism and the governorates of Cairo , Giza, Alexandria and Luxor to participate in this important global event.

George will attend this hour at Cairo, as a symbol of Egypt's participation in the Global Initiative for Earth Hour.

It is noteworthy that all the ministries and governmental institutions have expressed their willingness to participate actively in the Global Initiative for Earth Hour.

George repeated his call for citizens to participate actively and turn off the lights for one hour, to activate their role in reducing the phenomenon of climate change and global warming.


Egypt's participation last year have led to reducing electricity consumption by 50 megawatts and this year's participation is expected to make more success in the framwork of the growing awareness among the citizens of the importance of active participation in this important global event.


Ministry of Environment is leading intensified campaigns on tourist cruisers in Luxor and Aswan governorates.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs declared that EEAA's Environmental Inspection Sector launched campaigns on Nile tourist cruisers between Luxor and Aswan governorates, in cooperation with General Directorate for Environment Police, security bodies in Aswan and Luxor governorates and General Directorate of Tourism and Antiquities Police.

These campaigns revealed that, in Luxor 35 tourist cruisers are committing with environmental conditions, 177 violating these conditions due to their negligence of operating sewage treatment equipments and failure of oil separators devices; as well as recording increase in emissions' rates from engines and generators in 95 cruises. As for Aswan, inspection campaigns recorded 29 violating tourist cruisers due to failure of their sewage treatment equipments and oil separator devices; in addition to recording increase in emissions' rates from engines and generators in 36 cruises.

Ministry of Environment has taken necessary legal procedures against violators and agreed to hold a meeting with concerned ministries to discuss tourist cruisers' environmental problems and available solutions to get ride of discharging waste water on the River Nile.


Environment: Develop action plan for safe disposal project of 200 tons of hazardous organic compounds in obsolete electrical transformers in Alexandria.


Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs organized the first workshop in coordination with World Bank and United Nations Environment Program in Alexandria ,for developing an action plan for the safe disposal of about 200 tons of hazardous organic compounds Poly Chlorinated Bi Phenyl "PCBs", which is heavily concentrated in oils of electrical transformers, in the framework of MSEA's plan to support environmental projects within the Strategic Partnership among Mediterranean countries.

The workshop highlighted and reviewed proposed steps to implement the project within the deadline for final disposal and obtain certificate from funding state bodies (2010 - 2014) , review laws related to persistent organic pollutants, practical training on integrated management of safe disposal of Poly Chlorinated Bi Phenyl "PCBs", coordination with all national authorities using electric transformers such as Ministries of Electricity, Health, Industry, Customs Department , General Authority on Exports and Imports and different companies.

The project aims to implement provisions of Stockholm Convention on safe disposal of Poly Chlorinated Bi Phenyl "PCBs", achieve partnership and exchange expertise with Mediterranean countries, increase environmental awareness through implementing different educational awareness' activities and providing practical training to build national institutional capacities on integrated management of safe disposal of PCBs compounds ,in addition to establish data base.

The workshop conducted survey and inventory of electrical transformers and condensers in Alexandria, reviewed collection and shipment of these compounds and contracting with naval shipment companies for transporting such compounds to countries that have treatment plants and safe disposal ;as well as exchange knowledge and expertise in that field .


Ministry of Environment conducted some workshops for special needs' children.

Green Corner Unit affiliated to Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs has conducted workshops for special needs' children within the age group of 6 - 12 years; in cooperation with civil society organizations concerned with the welfare, rehabilitation and adaptation of special needs' people with their surrounding community and introducing them with the importance of preserving environment.

Workshops held in collaboration with Rehabilitation Services Center for caring with special needs' people in Shubra Al-Khaimah district, where members of Green Corner Unit introduced some stories through data show, such as Ahkadarino's adventures, the two editions of "My Environment Book", in addition to songs by some children about Natural Protectorates.

Green Corner members implemented art workshops for children about origami art (folding paper) and how to benefit from waste ,scientific workshops through conducting scientific experiments for some important environmental issues ,such as climate change and water pollution ;they also conduct some environmental games to teach and guide children's behavior; in addition to implementing workshops for professionals within civil society organizations concerned with special needs' people on how to design art works .


Egypt represents Middle East and North Africa in the International Clean Technology Fund CTF.

Maged George declared that Egypt has succeeded in renewing its membership in the Clean Technology Fund CTF for two years, representing Middle East and North Africa; through its participation in the conference of Climate Investment Fund CIF held in Philippines during the period from 15-19/3/2010, with the participation of high-level delegation from the Ministries of Environmental Affairs and International Cooperation.

He added that Egypt has had a prominent and active role in renewing Morocco's membership for two years in Clean Technology Fund CTF and in supporting Tunisia's membership in the Strategic Climate Fund SCF for the first time.

It is worth mentioning that Egypt has obtained financial facilities through its former membership in the Clean Technology Fund CTF , that has enabled Egypt to prepare an ambitious investment plans which are based on two important pivots ; the first, establishing wind power generation plant in cooperation with the Ministry of Electricity, which would provide 20% of energy from new and renewable sources in Egypt by 2020; the second , developing transport sector through substituting Greater Cairo's buses to work with natural gas ,in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport. He highlighted positive aspects of implementing such projects, as they reduce climate change phenomenon in Egypt as well as providing successful model for reducing carbon emissions, which lead to reduce pollution and realize permissible safety rates in the Middle East and North Africa region.

It is worth mentioning that the Clean Technology Fund CTF was established in 2008 as one of the funds of Climate Investment Fund CIF , to provide necessary support to States for the deployment of clean and low-carbon technologies to reduce global warming, which is one of the most important phenomenons of climate change


Environment granted environmental approval for more than 84 tourist projects.


Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs granted environmental approval for More than 84 tourist projects including hotels, villages and resorts after reviewing their Environmental Impact Assessment Studies .They involve 42 projects received from Red Sea Governorate, 17 projects from General Authority for Tourism Development, 10 projects from South Sinai governorate, 6 projects from El-Wadi El-Gadid governorate and 6 other projects from Luxor governorate.

Environmental Impact Assessment Studies of tourist projects aimed at protecting and maintaining environment and natural resources, achieve sustained economic development to meet current needs of present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

George assured that issuing EIA guidelines and conducting series of seminars and workshops contribute in informing ministry officials, administrative authorities, EEAA's regional branches, departments of environmental affairs and Egyptian universities with EIA amendments.

He explained that Ministry's regional branches in governorates are granting environmental approval for some small projects with limited environmental impacts in accordance with requirements set by EEAA, to achieve environmental preservation and facilitate procedures in coordination with other concerned ministries and bodies.

It is worth mentioning that environmental impact assessment is the systematic tool of examining unintentional effects resulting from a project or development program in order to reduce or mitigate negative impacts and maximize positive effects. According to provisions of Environmental Law ,this is an important tool for achieving integrated environmental management for facilities , new projects , expansions or renovations of existing establishments to be conducted before constructing a facility or a project.


Environment organized series of environmental camps within "Know your Country" campaign.


Nature Conservation Sector affiliated to Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs organized series of environmental camps within "Know Your Country" campaign under the slogan " Biodiversity and its Relationship to Nature" in collaboration with NGOs , universities and all Egyptian governorates .

The campaign started in Wadi El-Rayan Protectorate and Whale Valley in Fayoum Governorate, aiming to gather young people interested in environment from different fields and agencies to identify biological diversity and the importance of its maintaining; in order to achieve ecological balance and prevent dangers resulting from disruption of bio-diversity resulting from human being's activities and climate change.

Number of students from Alexandria University, representatives from Ministry of Youth and Sports and National Council for Women participated in this campaign, topics related to natural protectorates in Egypt ,biological diversity and its relationship to climate change and environmental problems and how to overcome them were discussed ; activities and workshops about waste recycling were conducted . This campaign will continue to include all natural protectorates in Egypt to be held in South Sinai protectorates during the next phase.


Environment: Develop a strategy for safe disposal of hazardous medical waste.


Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs declared that, in cooperation with Ministry of Health , strategy for safe disposal of hazardous medical waste to eliminate their illicit trade, has been developed . This strategy aims to clarify sound management approach of medical waste, particularly hazardous and how to use the most appropriate techniques to deal with, raise awareness with the seriousness of improper management of hazardous medical waste on the environment and health; in addition to the necessity to develop national legislation, policies and sound environmental practices.

This Strategy includes participation of private sector and civil sector towards decentralizing use of incinerators in hospitals to get ride of waste which results in great amounts of gaseous emissions harmful to the environment and public health .It also seeks to provide support to national institutions and individuals in medical facilities to improve medical waste management; provides suggestions for safe , effective, sustainable and acceptable ways for medical waste treatment and disposal, whether inside or outside medical facilities; develops practical ,scientific and applicable solutions to overcome organizational, administrative, institutional, technical and financial difficulties faced by the current system ; overcome problems related to fundamentals of environment safety and occupational health in addition to setting new binding legal framework.

The strategy urges hospitals and medical facilities to commit with environment and public health preservation, their responsibility towards emerged waste and to be of no existence of risk to public health and the environment from handling, treating, disposing medical waste. It also emphasizes on the importance of drafting objectives to improve health care and waste management at the national and regional levels, highlights source separation of waste's concept and their central disposal , the importance of preparing databases associated with both Ministries of Environment and Health including types , amounts and sources of hazardous medical waste , in addition to the necessity of delivering medical waste according to weight.

It is worth mentioning that this strategy with great importance due to the fact that total generated medical waste reaches to about 100 tons/day, including 30 tons from Greater Cairo.


George renewed his call to participate, for the second consecutive year, in the Global Initiative to turn off lights.

Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs declared that the Ministry will take part in "Earth Hour Global Initiative" launched by Fund for Nature Conservation; aiming to protect Earth planet from global warming, curbing greenhouse gas emissions and encourage international community's involvement in combating climate change's phenomenon.

George said that Egypt will participate, for the second consecutive year, in "Earth Hour Global Campaign" to turn off lights for one hour, on Saturday 27th March from 8.30 - 9.30 pm, to contribute in rationalizing energy consumption and convince developed countries with the importance of reviewing their policies to reduce emissions from industrial projects.

Eng. Maged George, declared that MSEA 's efforts in this campaign directed towards addressing all Ministers and Governors to participate in this global invitation , urging citizens nationwide to contribute in saving energy to acquire positive environmental behavior that can be followed in the future; he also issued his directives within Ministry of Environment to commit with rationalizing energy consumption .

So far about 92 countries will take part in this year campaign in return for 88 countries participated in last year campaign; Regional Control Center has recorded decrease in electricity consumption loads at Greater Cairo by 50 MW during Egypt's participation in last year "Earth Hour Campaign ", which is equivalent to electrical power produced by small power plant.

He added that large number of citizens participated in last year campaign by reducing their homes' lighting to 50%, Cairo governorate decreased 50% of lighting in number of main roads , such as, Airport Road ,El-Nasr Road , Ismailia Egypt Road, Nile Corniche and Ramsis Street; decreasing lighting in public buildings and services departments where they depend on candles' lights during this hour , as well as turning light off in Cairo Tower ,Mohamed Ali Citadel , Temple of Luxor , Pyramids, Sphinx and some other major hotels.

It is worth mentioning that "Earth Hour "campaign was launched for the first time in 2007 under the auspices of the World Fund for Nature Conservation in the Australian city "Sydney" , where restaurants used candles during this hour and lights were turned off in homes , public buildings and landmark tourist buildings .


The Ministry of Environment Produces "E.M. White" substance in collaboration with the Japanese Foundation "EMRO"



EM project affiliated to the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, has produced for the first time in Africa and Middle East EM White substance, in collaboration with Japanese research foundation EMRO . This substance will enter into the production of high environmental quality of detergents and washing powders to reduce the chemicals that enters into the production of this industries , and it also contributes effectively to the maintenance of rubber and inner parts of the automatic washing machines, and allow them to live longer and also plays an important role in the protection of drainage pipes from erosion as a result of using chemical powders and cleaning materials.

The Ministry is seeking in the coming days to contract with producing companies of detergents, shampoos, toothpaste and shaving soap to use (EM) in their production between 20% to 40% .

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, issued his directives to support this industrial sector in the production of detergents , where the price will be 50% lower than its world price, in addition to putting
the logos of the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs and EMRO Foundation on this products to encourage the consumer to use it , as they are environmentally friendly .


George at the meeting of the Executive Bureau of Arab ministers of environment at the Arab League

A Meeting of the Executive Bureau of Arab ministers of environment is held today at the Arab League with the presence of Engineer Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, Prince Turki bin Nasser, head of the General Presidency of Meteorological and environmental and Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Arab Ministers for Environment and a group of leaders and experts, in order to discuss the results of the Fifteenth Conference about climate change in Copenhagen.

During the meeting, a proposed Arab mechanism movement was discussed through the next phase of the climate change negotiations, which provides the commitment of continuous work, including the Arab ministerial statement on the climate change negotiations issued from Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for Environmental Affairs in its 21 round, and considering the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the legal umbrella of the climate change negotiations, as well as emphasis on the principle of transparency and involvement of all States parties to negotiate among each other.

The national and regional efforts were discussed to confront climate change and to implement the Framework Convention on Climate Change and some Arab countries take advantage of the clean development mechanism in the construction of projects to control industrial pollution and expansion of afforestation and the establishment of some Arab organizations to conduct research and studies relevant to climate change.

The expected international scenarios were discussed this year untill Mexico Conference in November 2010 which encourage the developed countries to intensify efforts to adopt a draft of "Copenhagen Consensus" as a basis for the completion of the next negotiations ,and developing countries should intensify efforts to reduce emissions ,and to prepare a national plans for adaptation and mitigation in the framework of its national capacity.


George in celebration of launching the report of the environmental expectations at the Arab League; the Egyptian state of environment reports reflect the significant environmental improvement in the past few years

Engineer Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs assured that the Egyptian state of environment reports reflect a significant improvement of air quality, where Egypt has become one of the leading countries in using CNG in public transport to reduce air pollution, in addition to establishing a national center for cleaner production as well as improvements of noise levels and fresh water quality, and the environmentally sound management of hazardous substances , wastes and residues, in addition to bio-diversity conservation and increasing the number of natural protectorates to 27 representing 15% of the total area of Egypt, in addition to a contingency management plan of oil spills incidents .

This came in the minister's speech at the Arab League in celebration of launching the report of the environmental expectations in the presence of Prince Turki bin Nasser bin Abdul Aziz, General President of the Meteorology and Environmental Protection and the Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for Environmental Affairs and the Arab Ministers Responsible for Environmental Affairs and Ms. Margaret Alstorm representative of UN Secretary-General for reducing the risk of disasters and Dr. Habib El-Habr representative of the United Nations Environment Program.

George explained that experts and specialists at the Ministry of Environment participated in the revision of the data contained in this report, which was prepared based on the methodology followed in the preparation of Global Environment expectations report, it is worth to mention that Act No. 4 of 1994, as amended by Law No. 9 of 2009 on the protection of the environment stipulates that the Egyptian state of environment report shall be issued annually, convinced that the conservation of the environment has become a necessary matter , and this report has been issued in both Arabic and English for the fifth year consecutively , and the report of 2009 \ will be issued during the celebrations of World Environment Day on 5 June.


Ministry of Environment: 40 million pounds for establishing a central processing unit for the industrial wastewater resulting from industrial facilitates in Mubarak Industrial zone at - Quesna


The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, through its regional branch of central Delta in cooperation with Menoufia governorate has finished preparing an executive outline for establishing a central processing unit for the industrial wastewater resulting from industrial facilitates in Mubarak Industrial zone at - Quesna
with total cost of 40 million pounds and 30 million cubic meters energy per day, and it is expected to be finalized on 30/6/2011. This station will contain a unit for removing chrome substance resulting from tanning leather.

The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, through its regional branch of (Central Delta) made an intensive inspection campaigns during the last six months on companies and factories in Mubarak industrial zone, during which a Number of 96 facilities were inspected.

In cooperation with the Governorate of Menoufiya all the necessary actions and measures were taken to find quick solutions to obligate each facility to treat its waste water untill the completion of central treatment plant.

All the necessary legal actions were taken against the violating establishments like referring them to the Public Prosecutor in addition to the issuance of a decision for stopping wastewater discharge on watercourses for a major leather tanning industries.




Ministry of Environment launches the national campaign for raising the awareness of mines dangers


The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs has launched the national campaign for raising the awareness of mines dangers this week in coordination with the Ministries of Information, Education and the Executive Secretariat for Mines Clearance and the development of the northwest coast of the Ministry of International Cooperation. The program activities are implemented in the cities of Matrouh Governorate through the movable equipped unit for environmental awareness and affiliated to the Ministry of Environment.

The awareness campaign will target residents, citizens , decision makers and students to explain the dangers of mines scattered in large areas in addition to environmental issues and problems that contribute to the behavioral modification of citizens.

The campaign includes a broad conference at Matrouh Media Center addresses the issue of mines dangers, and seminars as well as posters with messages to educate many local residents and students with the dangers of mines, in addition to the distribution of T-shirts and implementation of contests among the participants.

An awareness education program is implemented in three consecutive phases ,the first phase began in schools located in the cities of Sidi Barani and Elkaser for a period of five days during the month of March and the second phase in the last week of March and targeted the cities of El-Alamein, Dabaa, Sidi Abdel Rahman and Ras Elhekma village , the programe will be concluded by the third Phase, which will start in mid-April to keep pace with the International Day for Mine dangers Awareness, which is celebrated by the whole world .


George participates in the thirteenth session of the Ministerial Meeting of "PERSGA" in Sudan

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, Chaired the Egyptian delegation who participated in the thirteenth session of the Ministerial Meeting of PERSEGA at Khartoum, in the presence of Mr. Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, Vice-President of the Republic of Sudan, and Prince Turki bin Nasser bin Abdul Aziz President of the Islamic Executive Bureau for Environment and Chairman of the Executive Office of the Council of Arab Ministers of Environment, Dr. Ahmed Babikernhar President of the thirteenth session of the Council and Minister of Urban Environment of the Republic of Sudan, in addition to a number of ministers and pioneers of environmental issues.


Eng. Maged George praised in his speech, the efforts exerted by PERSEGA and the implemented programs to upgrade and improve the environmental status in the region, which is one of the distinguished regions in the world for containing the unique biodiversity and one of the areas with special environmental sensitivity.

The meeting discussed a number of items including the report of the Secretary-General, which includes activities and programs of PERSEGA during the time from March 2009 until February 2010 and the adoption of the draft work plan and budget for 2010 and the adoption of the account audit until 31.12.2010 and the Environmental Excellence Award in the territory of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden in addition to the activation of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Declaration as a special area and develop national contingency plan in the region including oil spills, as well as studies and research with a regional dimension .

George assured during the meeting that the issue of climate change and its impact on coral reefs is one of the environmental priorities in the region to adapt and mitigate its effects, he also stressed the need for continued monitoring of water quality in the Red Sea .

The Egyptian Minister of Environment praised the efforts of the Center for mutual assistance in Hurghada, which allowed the full cooperation among the countries of the region, where all countries signed the protocol of cooperation for exchanging experts, technicians and equipments across borders as a basis for coordination and cooperation to combat oil pollution in the Red Sea.

The meeting discussed the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which indicated that the coastal environments are the most endangered environments of the potential impacts of climate change, since the Red Sea contains the highest biodiversity of coral reefs in the world, so it is important to identify the impacts of climate change on coral reefs to mitigate it and to raise awareness to prevent this danger.


Environment holds the sixth meeting of the National committee for Climate Change.


Today, the ministry of environment holds the sixth meeting of the National committee for Climate Change, headed by Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, and attended by representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, electricity, trade& industry, agriculture, investment, transport, petroleum, water resources, irrigation, and the defense, in addition to a number of experts in the field of climate change.

The meeting discussed the Egyptian vision on climate change issue such as meetings of the 15th Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen in December 2009, and climate change action plan in 2010 which aims to improve performance to develop the national performance to work in the field of climate change on various sectors with full coordination among each other, and the development of the institutional structure of climate change.

The committee also addressed the idea of establishing a higher council for climate change, with membership of the concerned ministers, in addition to the establishment of committee of Science and Technology, with a membership of some Egyptian experts in the field of climate change and related areas (Agriculture - Irrigation - meteorological - Health - Petroleum - Electricity).

The meeting also highlighted the idea of establishing a center of excellence for climate change (to provide data and information),in the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, to support the preparation of national reporting system on a regular basis and to be the base of a National Center for Research on climate change.

The Committee stressed the necessity to work on the preparation of the national strategy for adaptation to climate change, and the preparation of the national strategy for low-carbon economy in order to develop performance in the field of clean development mechanism to attract international investment for this area.


George chaired 13th meeting of the National CDM Commission.

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs held today 13th meeting of the National Commission for Clean Development Mechanism; chaired by Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs in the presence of representatives from Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Electricity, Trade and Industry, Agriculture, Investment, Transport , Petroleum and International Cooperation, as well as representatives of NGOs. It addressed number of topics related to issuance of initial and final approval letters for some projects. It is worth to indicate that issuance of initial approval letters represents the first phase of national approval procedures for CDM's projects.

George declared that an initial approval has been granted for a private sector company for establishing wind farm project in El-Zait Gulf with 120 megawatts capacity, within the framework of activating National Strategy to depend on renewable energies in electricity generation instead of fossil fuels. The Commission granted initial approval letter for scrapping and replacing old taxis, funded by Ministry of Finance, aiming to improve air quality in Greater Cairo by reducing burned fuel amount from 14 to 12 liters of gasoline /00 kilometers and to 8 kg of natural gas /100 kilometers, which reduces emissions of carbon dioxide.

The Commission also approved on issuing final approval letters for diverting fuel project in Misr Spinning, Weaving and Sabagi El-Beida in Kafr El-Dawar (Public Sector company) from gas oil to natural gas, and another project for collecting and burning methane gas biologically generated from Abu Zaabal landfills in Qalubia governorate .Issuance of these final approval letters represents the second and final phase of the national approval procedures for CDM's projects.

George said that the Commission agreed to include "Improving Energy Efficiency project in MRI Unit " submitted by Mansoura for Resins and Chemical Industries company , as a project under preparation within portfolio of projects.
The Commission also approved on a proposal to fix the currently in force discount rates on revenues resulting from the sale of Certified Emission Reductions CER for the benefit of Environmental Protection Fund, unifying percentage for all projects and varying its rate according to project's type; in addition to reviewing the current position of all CDM projects in terms of obstacles facing their implementation and the executive position of each project.

It is worth to mention that Clean Development Mechanism aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from various sectors such as industry, waste recycling, transport, fuel conversion to natural gas and afforestation; as well as achieving sustainable development goals provide new jobs and attaining additional financial revenues from the sale of Certified Emission Reductions CER.


Inspection campaigns in Alexandria resulted in seizing 281 cafe and restaurant violating environmental conditions.

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, through Alexandria Regional Branch seized 281 cafes and restaurants violating environmental conditions .EEAA's Alexandria Regional Branch in cooperation with Police Environment conducted inspection campaigns over the past six months on cafes , restaurants and shops, in the framework of Branch 's plan to combat noise and enforce violating facilities to achieve their environmental compliance .

Violating facilities accused with lack of environmental record, absence of license for handling and using hookah and non-compliance with specifying places for smokers; in addition to lack of health certificates for cafe's employees and non-conformity in terms of chimney height and thermal insulation. Necessary legal procedures have been taken against violating facilities. These campaigns confirm the full conscious application of Law No. 4 /1994 amended by Law No. 9 /2009 to safeguard citizens' health and safety from pollution.





The Ministry of Environment organizes a workshop to raise awareness of the dangers of chemicals, at the Faculty of Agriculture - Cairo University


The Ministry of Environment organizes a workshop at the Faculty of Agriculture - Cairo University, to raise awareness of the dangers of chemicals, used in agricultural, industrial, household uses, the workshop aims at definition of its adverse effects on environmental health and how to rationalize its use in addition to safe disposal of their waste.

The workshop addressed the definition of hazardous substances in accordance with Law 4 of 1994, as amended by the Act 9 of 2009, the hazardous substances are substances which are harmful to human health and adversely affect the environment, such as infectious , toxic or flammable materials . Industry is a key activity for handling hazardous materials used as inputs in industrial processes.

The workshop also dealt with the life cycle of the material from exporting, storage , distribution, transportation, usage and re-using in addition to lists of hazardous materials, classification, and the safe storage of chemicals and hazardous substances transport systems, the workshop also addressed the way to prevent household toxics, and lists of hazardous substances under 3 lists (a) a list of banned hazardous substances (b) hazardous substances licensed to be handled by the competent administrative authority within the country (c), including hazardous substances permitted to be handled without a license from the competent administrative authority.

The workshop also reviewed the international conventions on hazardous substances, including the Stockholm Convention "pops," which has been ratified by Egypt on 2.5.2003 and entered into force on 17.5.2004 and the Rotterdam Convention on" prior informed consent on trade on hazard chemicals "and entered into force on 24.2.2004.


It is worth mentioning that this seminar is part of an integrated program to raise awareness of hazardous substances and their effects and how to safely dispose it at the level of all governorates of the Republic.



Stop operating 2 old treatment units, at Arab Elmadabigh in Assiut for rehabilitation

The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, through its regional branch of Assiut, and in cooperation with the National Authority for drinking water and waste water has stopped operating 2 old treatment stations with capacity of 20.000 cubic meters and 30.000 cubic meters at Arab Elmadabigh in Assiut in preparation for its rehabilitation, closing these old treatment stations is considered a closing of two important mouths of untreated sewage water on the Janabia canal west of Assiut.

The inspection committees affiliated to Assiut branch, pointed out that Janabia canal contains 7 pipes used by farmers to irrigate lands in the area of more than 8.000 acres, so farmers are obligated to use the neighboring canal instead.

The results of chemical analysis of water indicated a clear improvement in the quality of water after one month of stopping sewage water .The ministry has cooperated with the Faculty of Agriculture, Assiut University, to assess the quality of the soil, and to determine proposed methods to treat them, the waste water has been transferred to Assiut city, the new Wastewater Treatment Plant with Capacity of 70 thousand cubic meters per day and the treated wastewater is drained on Elzenar drainage , thus the problem of irrigating crops with sewage water in Assiut has been ended.


Ministry of Environment approves the establishment of 46 industrial enterprises in Port Said during 4 months.

The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs has issued 35 environmental approvals to set up new industrial enterprises in the new industrial zone south of Port Said, in the framework of the State's trend to promote the establishment of industrial projects to make use of labor power in many industries such as plastics, garments, food industries , metal industries, and furniture, the whole area were planned to achieve compatibility among the activities without any adverse effects.

The ministry also issued environmental approvals for 11 other medium-sized industrial enterprises in the industrial zone 8c South of Port said , (manufacturing marble, cement bricks, cardboard boxes and paper ..), where these plants will provide hundreds of jobs for citizens of Port Said during the construction and operation phases.

Noteworthy that these establishments have been obligated to achieve the Environmental compliance requirements , and the state has established a treatment unit for industrial wastewater resulting from these activities in the two industrial zones South of Port Said, which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister in May 2009.


Ministry of Environment: Launching inspection campaigns at Batn Elbakr area at old Cairo ... and referring three workshops to the public prosecutors


Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, issued his directives for the Central Department for inspection and environmental compliance to examine the black smoke emitted from Batn Elbakr area at old Cairo .

The inspection resulted in the seizure of three workshops polluting the environment in the region by using fuel for burning wood at open furnaces and not equipped with chimneys causing chest diseases , asthma and lung cancer, which is contrary to the provisions of Article 40 of the Act and article 42 of the executive Regulations .

Inspections pointed out that these workshops don't have an environmental record demonstrates its impact on the surrounding environment and the absence of a license as well as the lack of safety precautions like masks, gloves and protective shoes, and the necessary legal actions were taken against these workshops , and have been referred to the Public Prosecution, in addition to get compensation and fines for environmental damage caused by the violating activity.


Removing oil spill resulting from Indian ships

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs issued his directives to take all the urgent actions to remove the oil spill resulting from the Indian Ship "Zenat 2" at the Petroleum Port of El- Sadat , and immediately a committee has been formed from the regional branch of Suez to inspect the site and take the necessary action, and specialized company has been commissioned to remove the marine pollution.

The minister pointed out that this pollution resulted from cutting at the hose during the unloading of oil from the ship, which led to contamination of the water surface .

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs issued his directives to take all the urgent actions to remove the oil spill resulting from the Indian Ship "Abul Kalam Zad" resulted in oil pollution at Ras Gharib at Red Sea, and immediately formed a joint committee from the Red Sea protectorates and the regional branch in Ras Gharib, to evaluate the environmental damage that occurred in the region, and specialized company has been commissioned to remove the marine pollution, in addition to making surveys at the beaches of Ras Gharib and there were no presence of any contamination at inshore zone.

The minister pointed out that this pollution resulted from cutting at the hose during thunder and rain storm during the unloading of oil from the ship, which led to contamination of the water surface by crude oil , and the necessary legal actions were taken against the two ships.


Ministry of Environment issued the second book to assess the status of Egyptian fauna.

The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs in cooperation with biodiversity conservation and assessment project in Egypt (BIO-MAP), funded by the Italian government have already issued the second book to assess the status of Egyptian fauna (both in Arabic and English), which addresses the Egyptian mammals.

The book addresses "the status and distribution of mammals in Egypt" and some important information about Egyptian mammals, which has more than 110 species, in addition to a distribution map of all the individuals of such species, together with a map to predict their important sites , in addition to classification of butterflies according to the international standards set by Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) by determining the status of each type in terms of extinction or being threatened or not.

The book is one of outputs of the national database established by the Ministry of Environment and now contains all the Egyptian fauna &flora species, it registers the sites of the species by latitude and longitude, This information is periodically updated by nature conservation sector in the ministry.

The Ministry is preparing in the next three years to complete the issuance of encyclopedias and atlases of Egyptian fauna and flora species, which contributes to Egypt's fulfillment of international obligations, putting Egypt in the first ranks of the world in the identification and conservation of biological diversity.


Ministry of Environment obligates a hospital of one day surgery at Elzawyia El-hamra to stop the medical waste incinerator until it achieves its environmental compliance.

The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs has taken the necessary legal actions against the hospital of one day surgery at Elzawyia El-hamra, after receiving complaints from citizens surrounding the hospital about environmental pollution resulting from intensive fumes from hospital incinerator, and immediately Eng, Maged George, issued his directives to urgently form a committee for examining the complaints in cooperation with the environment police and to perform the required inspection on the hospital .

Inspection resulted in the absence of hazardous waste record to declare its impact on the surrounding environment, which is violating to the provisions of Article 22 of Law No. 4 of 1994, as amended by Law No. 9 of 2009, in addition to the absence of hazardous waste record to declare the safe disposal of waste which is violating to Article no 85 of the Act in addition to exceeding the emissions of the chimney to the allowed limits, which is contrary to the provisions of Article 40 of Law No. 4 of 1994 and article 42 of its Executive Regulations.

The inspection also declared that the hospital incinerator is operating by diesel and includes a room for waste incineration and other for gas treatment, in addition to the inefficiency of the door of the incineration of hazardous waste and failure of heat meters reading.
After declaring these violations to the director of the hospital, he reported that the hospital incinerator is subject to the maintenance by a company and they have not received the incinerator from the company until it works efficiently, , EEAA has notified the Central Administration of the Ministry of Health by these violations and it was referred to the public prosecution and it was stopped from working until fully achieving their environmental compliance .


The "Aldepel" Ship pays 3.3 million pounds as compensation for the environmental damage caused by it


The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs has successfully managed the accident of oil spill caused by The "Aldepel" Ship, which is a fleet of liquefied natural gas. The owner company has submitted a bank letter of guarantee valued $ 3.3 million Egyptian pounds, for the environmental damage caused by the accident according to the fine prescribed by law, and the ship was allowed to cross the Suez Canal.

The ministry has taken all necessary measures to remove the oil spill as soon as informed by the accident in the region between the marine pier 300SG and Ras El-deb of Suez Gulf before it reaches the coastal areas, which resulted in the disposal of ship oil waste and wastes of washing tanks that caused the formation of an oil spill at the sea with a length of 20 km and width of 25 meters.


The plane belonging to Petroleum Air Services operating in Ras Shokeir has witnessed the ship during waste discharge into the sea, and the plane pilot has flied over the ship to record the data written on its side, making the ship stop the discharge immediately after watching the plane flying ,he found that the ship called "Aldepel "a fleet of hazardous materials, one of the ships owned by the Liberian company "peninsula LNG Transport" and leased by Qatar Ras-Gas company for marine Transportation.

The naval units affiliated to "JAPCO" Company helped in dispersing the oil spill , and found that there was no contamination of beaches.


The Ministry of Environment approves the establishment of river- Port of Nubariya


The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs approves the establishment of river- Port of Nubariya at El-Terrace area overlooking the navigational link of Nubariya at kilo 117, which meets the environmental requirements necessary to protect the environment, the project is committed to establish a port for loading on the edge of the site overlooking the navigational course of Nubariya with the length of 100 meters as well as take all precautions necessary to prevent the contamination of water during the construction phase.

Moreover, the project shall submit a study for dredging and used equipments for safe disposal sites resulting from dredging, in addition to taking necessary precautions for not polluting water during operation, transporting, unloading and handling according to the Environmental Law No. 4 of 1994, as amended by Law 9 for the year 2009 and the prohibition of floats and sandals moorage outside the boundaries of the port and using the navigation path of the port.

a program is now prepared to control and monitor water quality periodically at the port area on a regular basis and to provide the water quality sector, at the Ministry of Environment with report on the results and data on the environmental register of the port.
The project has also taken all necessary precautions to protect the water course from waste water treatment unit, in addition to preventing the discharge of sanitation resulting from floating units and sandals at the water course.

The project is also committed to environmentally sound disposal of solid waste to be collected and delivered to the licensed contractor for safe disposal at a sanitary landfill, in addition to preparing and implementing an emergency plan and rehabilitation of personnel in coordination with the concerned parties, and taking into account the plan of insuring the healthly work environment and safety measures for workers in addition to the adhering to maximum noise limits levels in accordance with the Environmental Law No. 4, 1994, as amended by Act 9 of 2009, and as well as the importance for introducing individual environmental impact assessment study to any additional works in the port before start construction.


George at EPF's Board of Directors meeting declared that more than 1000 successful project have been completed with total cost amounted to 20 million Egyptian Pounds.


Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, chaired today the first meeting of Environmental Protection Fund's board of director in the presence of MSEA's senior officers and Board of Director's members. It was formed by Prime Minister Decree No. 1706 / 2009.

George said that improvement in the environment is linked with investment amount in different environmental fields, providing environmental services and establishment of sound environmental management systems. Environment Law No.4 /1994 amended by Law No. 9 / 2009 attributed Environmental Protection Fund an independent legal personality to facilitate disbursement procedures on various projects aiming to invest in different environmental fields. He added that this meeting is considered a significant step for the Fund according to article 15 of this law, which reflects Egyptian government's interest with the importance of preserving and protecting environment for future generations.

George reviewed completed projects by Environmental Protection Fund, totaling 1000 successful projects achieving economic, environmental and social benefits to citizens, with total cost of about 20 million pounds.

He explained that Fund's projects aiming to achieve social justice in all Egyptian governorates in many environmental fields, including recycling system of solid waste, their economic utilization, liquid waste treatment and safe disposal of hazardous medical waste through providing 26 governorates with 29 medical hazardous waste incinerators; in addition to afforestation project to increase green landscaping. Clean air projects such as replacing 1100 old taxis with new ones operated with natural in Greater Cairo governorates to reduce air pollution and reduce negative impacts of climate change. As well as delivering clean drinking water to several Egyptian governorates.

During the meeting several issues listed on Fund's agenda were reviewed ,which their implementation will achieve significant environmental leap ; including new organizational structure of the Environmental Protection Fund, approved with decree No. 432 dated 15/10/2009 of chairman of Central Agency for Organization and Management ; Fund's financial regulations ,which is currently under approval and adoption by the Ministry of Finance as well as discussing Fund's achievements since its establishment .


Fund's future vision has been discussed in light of amendments of Law No. 9 / 2009, current financial position of the Fund and sustainability of various projects adopted by the Fund ; including Bezra's environmental awareness development within the framework of MSEA 's strategic objectives, through presenting Bezra character within an integrated program ,providing environmental information in a simplified form , such as the brochure entitled "Green Investment in Egypt, which includes successful examples of environmental projects subsidized by the Fund


In cooperation with the German Friedrich Ebert Foundation ...Ministry of Environment organizes a workshop to develop awareness by climate change issues

The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs Organizes today a workshop entitled "The role of media in awareness development about climate change issues" for media specialists interested in the environment, which lasts for 3 days in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation for the development of German awareness of climate change issues and its impacts.

The workshop aims to increase concern to climate change issues and their impact on Egyptian society in addition to the role of media in spreading environmental awareness of the importance of these issues.

The workshop will address important topics like raising the public awareness of climate change in Egypt, increasing the general information about climate change phenomenon , its negative impacts, the results of the Copenhagen conference and the future of the coming negotiations, an overview of the synthesis report on fourth IPCC, the impact of climate change on Egypt, in addition to the Clean Development Mechanism (measures ), adaptation, and an overview of examples of adaptation technologies . The workshop addresses Clean Development Mechanism projects and the funding mechanism, and mitigation approaches, sectors involved, an overview of clean technologies, future needs and the role of the private& public sector for low-carbon society.

The workshop also addresses the institutional systems in Egypt authorized for confronting climate change impacts , community awareness of confrontation and adaptation options at the sector level (water - agricultural production - the protection of coastal zones), as well as the role of media in raising awareness of the importance to expand research aimed at using wind energy and solar energy in water desalination and energy efficiency, attract development projects to the desert areas and the development of appropriate infrastructure to encourage migration from vulnerable areas to safe areas, as well as to encourage the media of the non-governmental organizations to raise citizens awareness and decision makers of the impacts of climate change.


Referring a number of violating enterprises at Giza, to the public prosecutor

Eng Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs gave his directives to take the necessary legal actions against a number of violating facilities at Giza after receiving number of complaints from citizens about environmental pollution resulting from these facilities.

a number of violating cosmetic & surgery centers have been seized at , Dokki, Giza area after receiving a number of complaints from citizens about the existence of medical waste in front of the building. and immediately a committee from the Ministry of Environment moved and inspection resulted in the absence of hazardous waste record to declare the safe disposal of waste resulting from the center activity, in addition to the absence of an environmental record demonstrates the impact of this centre activity on the surrounding environment and the absence of a license , and the legal actions were taken against the center.

Also the Ministry of Environment has referred a famous nightclub at El-Haram area to the Public Prosecutions, after receiving a number of complaints from citizens about the environmental pollution resulting from this nightclub, and inspection revealed that the chimney of the kitchen is incompatible with the environmental conditions that pollutes the environment, in addition to the noise of the motor for pulling fumes is incompatible with sound limits allowed by the Environmental Law No. 4 of 1994, as amended by the Act 9 of 2009, the club is also open burning of coal used in Shesha in addition to not allocating space for smokers and the absence of an environmental record, and the legel actions were taken against them .



Ministry of Environment is supporting the pioneers company for Food Industries "Rofi" at El-Sharkia governorate

"The project of environmental protection of private sector and public sector" affiliated to The Ministry of state for Environmental Affairs has presented the technical and financial support for the Pioneers Company for Food Industries "Rofi" at El-Sharkia governorate to implement two projects of installing industrial wastewater treatment unit and industrial solid waste treatment unit to achieve compliance with environment law concerning the discharging of industrial wastewater on the agricultural drainages to achieve the sound management of industrial solid waste.

Engineer Maged George, Minister of state for Environmental Affairs clarified that the total cost of the two projects is $ 12.5 million, including non-refundable grant of 3.742 million pounds through the "Environmental Protection Project for the public and private sector" of EEAA in addition to 50% grant for the technical studies required for project implementation.

This project is part of environmental protection of private sector and Industrial business sector affiliated to EEAA , a joint venture between the Egyptian government, represented by EEAA as implementing agent for the project and the German government represented by KFW. It aims to support the Egyptian industry to comply with environmental laws.

It is worth mentioning that the project provides non-refundable grant to support the industrial pollution abatement projects in industrial enterprises in both the private and public sector, , and projects of cleaner production, where the project provides 20% non-refundable grant of the major industries of the value of the investments of the environmental project and 80% loan or a self-financing, while the project provides 30% non-refundable grant for small and medium industries of the investments of the environmental project and 70% loan or a self-financing, in addition to technical support for the projects


Workshop on the strategy of the national plan to combat Avian Flu in Egypt

EEAA holds today a workshop to discuss the component of animal hygiene affiliated to the strategy of the national plan to combat Avian Flu under the auspices of the National Committee to combat the spreading of avian flu headed by Engineer / Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs - in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, and FAO . The workshop was attended by representatives of the ministries of health, agriculture and local development as well as representatives of some international organizations and non-governmental organizations, poultry producers and the private sector.

The workshop aims to review and develop the strategy, consisting of three sequential and overlapping phases (the first phase how to control the disease, followed by the second phase, the gradual decline and the final phase is the total elimination of the disease).

The Strategy also addresses the problem of endemic avian flu, and to develop mechanisms to support coordination and activation of the measures implemented by authorities at various levels and the development partners, as well as to determine our civil commitments towards the complex dimensions of avian flu from the technical, social and economic development.

The workshop emphasized the importance of early detection of the virus and raise public awareness of citizens on the prevention and control of the disease in addition to the rehabilitation of cadres to be trained at monitoring and control of the disease.

Noteworthy that the month of February witnesses the second meeting of the National Committee to combat influenza in Egypt, which included the presentation of the report of the international organizations for the joint evaluation of United Nations organizations for the efforts of disease control and view the actions taken by line ministries during the previous period, declaring the capacity of the massacres and its production.

The meeting also discussed the application of the Regulations of Law No. 70 of 2009 concerning the organizing of "trading and selling of live birds and poultry, and the ministerial decree No. 941 of 2009 on the executive Regulations of the law and the gradual shift from selling live birds and poultry to selling slaughtered poultry at licensed massacres by the Ministry of Agriculture.



400 thousand pounds paid by owners of Maltese ship "CAPBIZERTA" as compensation for the environmental damage caused by it.

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs has obtained 400 thousand pounds as compensation for damage resulting from the environmental pollution caused by Maltese transporting containers "CAPBIZERTA"; the ship was allowed to leave Alexandria port, after MSEA informing El-Dekheila Port Authority with reconciliation terms with the ship.

The ministry has taken all necessary measures as soon as informed with the accident through the operations room of Alexandria Port, which reported the existence of pollution in pier no. 98 / 2 Dekheila Port; and immediately a committee from Ministry of Environment took samples of polluted sea water and turned out that an area estimated with 280 square meters contaminated with gas oil from "CAPBIZERTA", legal procedures against the ship were taken by MSEA .

MSEA has also addressed Alexandria Port Authority to take necessary action against the ship by not allowing it to leave until payment of compensation for the environmental damage caused by it.


Closing activities of the first open scouting camp in Wadi Degla Protectorate

The first open scouting camp concluded its 3-day activities conducted in Wadi Degla Protectorate; organized by Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs with participation of Mubarak Public Library and Marine Scouts of Cairo, Giza and Helwan governorates with more than 150 youth, with the support of Soaring Birds project, Medicinal Plants Conservation Project and " Learning with Environmental Researcher " program affiliated to Nature Conservation Sector.

This camp conducted in the framework of MSEA's celebrations with Biodiversity year and World Wetlands Day. Its activities included acquainting participants with unique biodiversity treasures in Wadi Degla Protectorate, where it includes 8 caves formed by natural factors, more than 75 species of unique wild flora, and 18 species of recorded reptiles. It is famous with the existence of a number of protected animals and insects, such as red fox, Egyptian bat, wild pigeons and Mediterranean Tiger Blue.

Camp's activities ranged from training participants about desert survival skills and basics of first aid; as well as methods of monitoring birds, animals and plants and collecting samples of wild plants; in addition to distributing copies of a poster celebrating World Wetland Day.

It is worth mentioning that Wadi Degla has been declared protected area in 1999 with an area of 60 km 2. It receives more than 40 thousand visitors and more than 100 schools annually.


Egyptian and German Investment cooperation in the production of bio-fuel from jatropha plantation


Eng. Maged George the Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, and Dr. Samir Farag, Governor of Luxor, have signed protocol of cooperation between the Governorate of Luxor , group of Egyptian investment companies and research institutes and German universities, the protocol also included the cultivation of 8000 hectares of jatropha plantation that is irrigated by treated sewage water in addition to the construction of a plant of oil extraction that can be mixed with diesel oil (bio-fuel).

This is considered a pioneering experiment of cooperation between government and the private sector in related environmental reclamation and cultivation of jatropha oil projects that deserves attention and encouragement. It is worthy to mention that there are many profits of this project like reducing the rates of pollution resulting from wastewater , the reduction of emissions of carbon dioxide and providing a source of alternative energy as well as creating new job opportunities.

It is worth mentioning that the Ministry of Environment has contributed in collaboration with the Governorate of Luxor in the cultivation of 500 acres of jatropha plantation, in addition to the construction of test plantation of arable trees irrigated by treated sewage water in accordance with the Egyptian Code for the use of treated sewage water In addition to the contribution of the ministry in planting the streets of Luxor Governorate with different types of tree.


Environment organized a workshop about utilizing cement dust in environmental projects.

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs organized, through the Environmental Pollution Abatement Project - "EPAP II ", a workshop about emitted pollutants from cement industry, and how to benefit from its by-product cement dust in environmental yielding projects, as they represent a great environmental and economical problem.

The workshop dealt with cement industry pollutants, Arab Contractors Company's experience in using by-product cement dust in asphalt; as well as procedures and requirements for the availability of funding and introduces experience of using iron slag in road pavement and cement manufacturing.

By-product cement dust can be used in producing interlock marble, marble and ceramic tile for residential units and certain types of interfaces as an alternative to concrete tiles; as well as in solid pavement through applying advanced solid paving layer above road surface.

The workshop highlighted success of these projects that was proved by feasibility studies and various financial accounts; in addition to environmental benefits leading to put an end for problems resulting from by-product cement dust , improve air quality and surrounding environment ; as well as consequent decline in the spread of dangerous diseases, turn cement dust to a product yielding economic benefit, avoid loss incurred by cement producers in dealing with the dust while transportation and handling, increase company's profits resulting from producing marble interlock and solid pavement ; reduce risks of transmitting cement factories from their current location and help them to achieve their environmental compliance .

Using by-product cement dust in pavement will save not less than 45% of pavement cost; this considered a high and influential rate deserves study and attention. The a/m products will reduce cost of establishing buildings by at least 20% of the total cost, which is considered an important element in saving construction cost of projects with various types and patterns.

It is worth mentioning that Prime Minister issued decree No. 1216 /2004 about utilizing by-product cement dust in constructing and paving villages' roads as an alternative to dusty roads, to improve the environment within Egyptian villages.


Ministry of Environment approves hazardous waste burningat Assiut Cement kilns .

The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs approves hazardous waste burning at Assiut Cement kilns .
after it met the necessary environmental requirements for environmental protection, like not using agricultural residues, which are suitable for animal feed in addition to the necessity to analyze fuel samples alternatives before using it to ensure that the waste does not contain heavy metals, after having approvals from the competent administrative authority with regard to procedures and requirements for gathering , handling, transporting and storage of hazardous waste in accordance with the Environmental Law No. 4 of 1994, as amended by Act 9 of 2009.

This project comes within the ministry's policy to encourage the cement plants to burn waste as a partial alternative to petroleum fuel (diesel or natural gas) . cement kiln is considered a typical incinerators for municipal and hazardous waste because of the dramatic rise of temperature up to 1500c°, leading to the breakdown of organic compounds to its initial components and reduces the burning of these waste that pollutes the environment.

The company maintains a register recording the names of companies that bring the hazardous waste its quantity and quality , and it sends quarterly report to EEAA , the company has implemented an environmental management plan including the environmental monitoring plan in addition to the provision of necessary equipments and training of workers , for the continuous monitoring of the emissions generated by the project, which was connected to the national network for monitoring of EEAA.

The company is committed to training and rehabilitation of workers on the risk management , assessment plan, and contingency plan and continually update them according to the results of the application with coordination with all concerned authorities as well as a periodic analysis of the dust lanes that affects the furnaces to make sure that they are free from heavy metals .Furthermore the preparation of the environmental register containing the results of continuous self-monitoring of emissions in particular dioxins and furans emissions and recording it at hazardous waste record


Environment has organized workshops for sorting garbage at source and recycling of solid and municipal waste.

The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, has organized art workshops for media departments of Assiut and South Sinai branches , in cooperation with representatives of the Culture Palaces and associations working in environmental protection field and youth centers .
These workshops concerned with sorting garbage at source and recycling of municipal solid waste, ways to take advantage of them.
George explained that this workshops aims at integrating environmental concepts and trends in these activities and various areas as well as providing them with modern methods of the integrated management of municipal and solid waste, and how to make use of them and recycling them.
The ministry presented during these workshops a number of documentary films that deal with sorting garbage at the source in order to provide time and cost spent on sorting it later, the workshop also addressed ways to make use of municipal solid waste in other areas including the use of recycled paper in making masks , greeting cards , wedding invitations , photo albums and paper bags, in addition to the use of plastics, fabrics , rubber balloon , newspaper strips and starch in making puppet plays.
employees have been trained to learn some arts to benefit from the residues of food cans to make puzzles for children dealing with various topics including biodiversity.


Obligating the Egyptian German Porcelain company to follow-up environmental compliance plan

Engineer Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, Issued his directives for the central department of the Alexandria branch to obligate the Egyptian German Porcelain company to follow up its environmental compliance plan that was introduced to EEAA before.

The establishment is disposing the industrial waste water at the basins feeding Max Company for Salinas, which is considered violating to its compliance plan. The legal actions were taken against them, in addition to assessing the value of compensation according to the environmental damage caused by the violating activity of the company.

According to the company's license from the Directorate of Irrigation and water resources to dispose on the West Bank of Nubariya without any environmental violations of Article 2 and 3 of Act No. 48 of 1982, and the company has already obtained the license number (4) for the year 2010 to make the pipe line for disposing the overall industrial waste treatment on the West Bank of Nubaria, as part of a the environmental compliance plan to finish the work of approximately two weeks.

The company has also established 2 ground reservoirs with a capacity of 40 and 60 cubic meters, for deposition and purification of solid substance by dragging it to the tanks and processing unit of the industrial wastewater to be treated.
The company has introduced an application to EEAA for funding the rehabilitation of the treatment plant for industrial wastewater of the company through a project of EPAP 2 and EEAA approved to study the possibility of financing the project through the financing package available at the project.


George reviews the annual plan for environmental inspection


Engineer Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs has reviewed during his meeting with a number of Ministry's senior officials the detailed plan for the inspection and environmental compliance department , which included air, water and noise as well as regional branches and inspection on the industrial cities around Greater Cairo. The plan included inspection of small and medium-sized industrial institutions, lakes, canals and drains.
George assured during his meeting that there is a sudden inspection plan for environmentally incompatible institutions which don't use treatment units in addition to do laboratory measurements, and to take legal actions against them in case of violation in addition to inspection over tourist cruisers and reviewing the disposal pipes over the Nile and coordination with relevant ministries to review their licenses. This meeting also discussed studying the development of movable inspection laboratory to facilitate the transition of inspection committees to factories and companies and conduct laboratory analysis on the ground.

George also gave his orders to enable the environmental law against violators where it should lead to take actions and get compensation and fines for environmental damage caused by the violating activity such as cement plants and factories polluting the River Nile in coordination with the police environment.


Cooperation protocol signed between Ministries of Environment and Communication

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs and Eng. Tarek Kamel, Minister of Communications signed yesterday cooperation protocol between their ministries on (Green Information Technology ), alongside opening ceremonies of the 14th session of annual ( Cairo Conference for Information Technology and Communications) held at Cairo Center for International Conferences in Nasr City.

Minister of Environment clarified that this protocol aims to promote green information and communication technology through implementing pilot projects in the field of safe disposal of electronic waste, applying principles of Green Building in designs of the new Smart Village project planned to be established in Maadi residence and prepare its environmental impact assessment study , implementing awareness programs about principles of green technology for workers of telecommunications sector and information systems. This protocol will be considered the core for expansion in the establishment of similar projects financed by private sector.

George stressed on the importance of encouraging companies working in the field of information and communication technology to allocate budgets for the application of green technology principles to develop this industry to become environmentally friendly, increase their competitiveness and reduce their negative impacts. Since the positive impacts of information and communication technology in environmental field is one of the main tools to achieve sound environmental management and environment preservation, by reducing amount of used paper through generalizing electronic communications and reduction of printing. It will also contribute to support environmental scientific research through providing hardware, advanced appliances and information systems required to monitor and analyze environmental problems.


He added that application of green technology principles will achieve many economic and environmental benefits for agencies working in this field; such as, reduce carbon emissions emitting from this industry as considered one of the leading causes of global warming and climate change, provide a mechanism to ensure sound management of hazardous electronic waste, encourage investment in projects for the safe disposal of these wastes. Most manufacturers of computers have developed plans to restore expired devices, dispose them safely without affecting the environment and take necessary measures to reduce use of hazardous substances, such as lead and mercury, in manufacturing process.


Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs meets with his Hungarian counterpart to discuss ways of cooperation between the two countries.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs meets Mr. Emery Sazabo, Hungarian Minister of Environment and Water Resources and his accompanying delegation. This meeting conducted within the framework of the Hungarian Prime Minister Mr. Gordon Bajnai official visit to Egypt, accompanied by high-level delegation of Hungarian experts and technicians, to discuss aspects of cooperation between the two countries in different areas.

They discussed how to activate environmental MOU which was signed between the two countries in November 2008, it includes many fields of cooperation such as, monitoring and reducing air pollution, biodiversity and nature protection, solid waste management, waste water and sewage treatment, hazardous and medical waste treatment , generating energy from waste, as well as water quality, use of treated wastewater in agricultural purposes, using educational system to raise awareness of nature protection.

George stressed upon the importance of cooperation with Hungary which will lead to benefit from their expertise and technology, particularly in generating energy from waste, use of treated wastewater in the cultivation of Jatropha trees to produce bio-fuels and treatment of industrial wastewater.

In preparation for this visit Central Department for Cooperation, International Relations and Technical Support affiliated to Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, had held a previous meeting with both H.E. Peter Kfic, Hungary's Ambassador in Cairo and Ms. Aniko Somodi ,Chief Executive Officer, ZKFT Ltd at MSEA premises. The Hungarian side presented their proposed projects for cooperation with the Egyptian side, which have been distributed to concerned ministries.


Environment is preparing a project proposal for consumed dry batteries collection in collaboration with a telecom firm

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs is currently preparing a project proposal for consumed dry batteries collection in cooperation with EEAA's Assiut Regional Branch and a company providing mobile phone service. This project is going to collect mobile phone and small household appliances' batteries, to be safely disposed in official sound landfills affiliated to EEAA.

These batteries contain chemical elements causing harmful effects to public health (such as cadmium, mercury, nickel, zinc, ... etc.); they are often disposed in public garbage dumps and unofficial landfills ; collected by garbage collectors or buried with garbage, leading to the emission of harmful gases that pollute air and affect citizens' health .

A seminar was convened in Assiut's Nile Media Center; during which lectures were delivered by directors of EEAA's Assiut Regional Branch, Health and Environment Department of a mobile phone service company. Different related topics were discussed about electronic waste's health and environmental risks and their safe management. It was attended by representatives from concerned governmental agencies and civil society organizations working in Assiut.



Granting environmental approval for a new project producing and rolling iron.


Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs granted environmental approval for a project produces and rolls iron in Ain Sukhna, Suez governorate; project's area estimated with 950000 m2 and has met environmental requirements necessary to preserve the environment. This project will provide direct 1500 jobs, as well as 500 temporary employment during construction phase; while 800 direct and 300 indirect jobs during operational phase.

Minister of Environment highlighted that this project will apply the latest environmentally safe technologies, which are consistent with local and international environmental laws. Used fuel in smelting process will be restricted to electricity and natural gas; taking into account not to add new activities not appropriate with the adjacent nature of the project in the future; the project will adhere to treat cooling water by reuse in industrial processes and not injected into groundwater wells for disposal; water generated from filters wash will be used in cooling iron slag, in addition to wastewater treatment before discharging on the main network.

Moreover, the project is committing with allowable limits of Environmental Law No. 4 / 1994 and its Executive Regulations, amended by Law No. 9 /2009 in terms of its emissions and noise levels, installation of cyclones and filters to prevent contamination of the surrounded environment with ovens dust, reduction of air pollutants during the unloading or shipping of iron ore in Sukhna port. The project will take into account non-transfer of iron ore during peak periods in addition to following environmental sound and safe methods during storing and handling all raw materials and chemicals.

The project will dispose solid waste soundly through collection and delivery to a certified contractor for disposal in its devoted site, erecting an appropriate fence around the site, cultivation of timber trees belt irrigated with treated wastewater harmonized with Egyptian Code, working as a buffer zone to reduce transmission of sticking dust to the surroundings; in addition to the allocation of an area for iron slag storage resulting from the furnace until its final disposal by an official and certified landfill by EEAA ;or delivered ,after EEAA prior approval, to a certified contractor for reuse as a base in roads' pavement ,cement industry or any other uses.

The company promises to provide a semiannual report to EEAA's Suez Regional Branch about generated slag quantities and disposal methods, preparing the site for temporary storage of hazardous wastes ,such as dust generated from filters and ovens , their isolation from the surrounding environment to prevent groundwater contamination or volatilization in air , recording their quantities in a special register until their final sound disposal ,either in an official sanitary landfill for hazardous wastes , or delivered to a certified contractor for re-extraction in a certified entity by EEAA and preparation of an environmental record and make it available for inspection.


For guiding governorates, Ministry of Environment is preparing two brochures for environmental conditions.


Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs is preparing two brochures; the first is a
"Referential brochure for recycling and safe disposal of waste"; the second is a "Referential brochure for the collection and transfer of waste and cleaning streets";
to guide governorates, while offering these practices for contracting companies operating in waste management field. Both brochures are considered reference guide for all governorates want to apply these conditions to maintain cleanliness and increase efficiency of waste removal.

Central Directorate of Waste and Hazardous Substances, Ministry of Environment prepared terms of reference conditions for recycling and safe disposal of waste, for guiding all governorates; that will be distributed by Ministry of State for Local Development to all governorates.

Last month, Ministry of Environment prepared referencial brochure for guiding governorates about methods of collection and transfer of waste and cleaning streets. It was sent it to Ministry of Finance for review and is currently followed-up, in preparation to send it in its final form for all governorates to guide them when submitting these practices for tenders; this brochure will be considered a referential guide to all governorates while conducting tenders of waste collection and transport and cleaning streets.


Environment uses EM substance, for treating sewage and industrial waste water discharged by Suez Company for Fertilizers.

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs is achieving a new environmental model in Ain Sukhna Suez Gulf region , through Effective Microorganisms "EM" project; as it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Suez Company for Fertilizers, under which sewage and industrial waste water will be treated then used in landscape agriculture ; this step will achieve company's environmental compliance after it had been used to dispose its sewage and industrial water in Suez Gulf, or in the surrounding mountains, causing environmental pollution.

Ministry of Environment has been approved to support company's provision with this substance "EM" by more than 25% of its coast to encourage it and other companies to achieve their environmental compliance; to reduce environmental damage caused by polluted water, then used in landscape agriculture purposes and reduce wasting of potable water.

This step followed by Suez Company for Fertilizers to put an end for the problem of unsafe disposal of sewage and industrial water , provide high quality treated water and reduce costs of irrigation to which company paid huge sums.

It is known that (EM) substance is a project to produce beneficial multi purpose micro-organisms that protect the environment from pollution. It is used in many environmental and agricultural fields, such as recycling solid and agriculture wastes, purifying water of tanks located buildings and elimination of odors emitted from different industries and fields achieving environmental development in Egypt.


National Committee to combat bird flu held its second meeting.

Today National Committee to combat bird flu in Egypt held its second meeting, headed by Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs , attended by Minster of Local Development and representatives from Ministries of Health, Agriculture and Governors of Qaliubiya, Cairo, 6 October, Beni Suef, Dakahlia, Gharbia , Menoufia, Fayoum and Giza; as well as representatives from some international organizations and non-governmental organizations.

The meeting included presentation of United Nations organizations' report about their joint evaluation of Egypt's exerted efforts to combat bird flu, description of procedures implemented by executive ministries during the previous period since the beginning of winter, capacity of slaughterhouses, volume of daily production and programs hints.

It also reviewed application of Law No. 70 / 2009 regulating "Trade , sell of live birds and poultry and their display for sale;" Ministerial decree No. 941 /2009 on the Executive Regulations of this law and the gradual transfer from circulating and selling live birds and poultry to circulation of slaughtered, processed poultry in licensed slaughterhouses by Ministry of Agriculture; as it will subsequently prohibit trade and sell of birds and live poultry in all cities in the Republic permanently .

It is expected to arrange an international conference during February to consolidate ongoing efforts for the implementation of the strategic plan to combat bird flu in the presence of representatives from United Nations and international organizations, donors and non-governmental organizations whom expressed their willingness to provide technical and organizational support and implement 3-5 year plan.


Environment celebrates World Wetlands Day under the theme " Wetlands Protection is a solution for Climate Change"


Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs held a celebration with World Wetlands Day, under the theme " Wetlands Protection is a solution for Climate Change", with participation of many entities including Arab Union for Youth and Environment, Marine Scouts in Cairo, Giza and Alexandria governorates, Mubarak Public Library and Soaring Birds project.
Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs declared that the first open Scouting Camp will be held from 9/2/2010 until 11/2/2010 in Wadi Degla Protectorate with participation of 150 youth .It will include many activities ,such as an exhibition for environmental products and handicrafts , learning participants with monitoring principles; delivering lectures on bio-diversity , eco-tourism and Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species of Funa and Flora "CITES" ;in addition to organizing several environmental competitions and workshops concerning methods of paving tracks in the park and how to monitor birds , plants and animals.

Declared natural protectorates in Egypt is 27 , including 13 wetland protectorates
" Zaranik, Burullus, Ashtum El-Gamil, Omaid, Siwa, Qarun, Wadi El Rayan, Saluga and Ghazal, Wadi Alaqy, Red Sea ,Ras Mohammed, Nabq, Abu Jalom) .They are characterized with their distinguished biodiversity and considered refuge for many living organisms.




Environment issued decisions for removing 32 kilns in Behaira governorate

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs issued his orders to investigate complaints sent from Delingat's citizens in Behaira governorate for being affected by unofficial kilns. Inspections resulted in removing 32 kilns.

EEAA's Alexandria Branch issued decisions for removing 32 kilns due to their emissions of heavy gases and smoke; their source of energy generated by burning rubber, wood and plastic in addition to their operation without funnels and as a result of incineration process; dioxin, furan gases and carbon dioxide formed and leading to increase global warming phenomenon.

These kilns were working without licenses, absence of records indicating environmental impact of kilns activities on the surrounding environment in addition to not providing their workers with personal protective equipment to reduce risks of their profession.

Inspection committee discovered an increase in sulfur oxides percentage, which causes damage to flora and fauna, building materials, formation of acidification phenomenon, which causes corrosion of metals, limestone and other materials, as well as an increase in the percentage of nitrogen oxide, which causes irritation of alveoli lung.


Ministry of Environment obligates a hospital of one day surgery at Elzawyia El-hamra to stop the medical waste incinerator until it achieves its environmental compliance.


The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs has taken the necessary legal actions against the hospital of one day surgery at Elzawyia El-hamra, after receiving complaints from citizens surrounding the hospital about environmental pollution resulting from intensive fumes from hospital incinerator, and immediately Eng, Maged George, issued his directives to urgently form a committee for examining the complaints in cooperation with the environment police and to perform the required inspection on the hospital .

Inspection resulted in the absence of hazardous waste record to declare its impact on the surrounding environment, which is violating to the provisions of Article 22 of Law No. 4 of 1994, as amended by Law No. 9 of 2009, in addition to the absence of hazardous waste record to declare the safe disposal of waste which is violating to Article no 85 of the Act in addition to exceeding the emissions of the chimney to the allowed limits, which is contrary to the provisions of Article 40 of Law No. 4 of 1994 and article 42 of its Executive Regulations.

The inspection also declared that the hospital incinerator is operating by diesel and includes a room for waste incineration and other for gas treatment, in addition to the inefficiency of the door of the incineration of hazardous waste and failure of heat meters reading.
After declaring these violations to the director of the hospital, he reported that the hospital incinerator is subject to the maintenance by a company and they have not received the incinerator from the company until it works efficiently, , EEAA has notified the Central Administration of the Ministry of Health by these violations and it was referred to the public prosecution and it was stopped from working until fully achieving their environmental compliance .


Ministry of Environment organized training courses for employees and workers at Ministry of Tourism, Misr Aluminum and Amiriya Oil Refinery Companies

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs organized two training courses for Ministry of Tourism's employees attended by Minstry's experts and professionals. The first was held under the title "Environmental Impact Assessment". It dealt with topics related to environmental impact assessment concept, its importance, procedures, legal and regulatory framework, lists of environmental impact assessment studies, projected environmental impacts of establishing tourist facilities in coastal areas, case studies and practical applications. The second was held under the title "Eco-Tourism". It dealt with topics and the concept of eco-tourism, selected sites for safari tourism, preservation of cultural and natural heritage, biodiversity and its impact on eco-tourism, natural protectorates in Egypt, their tourist importance and presentation of their models, impact of environmental tourism in realizing community development and eco-tourism role in achieving sustainable development goals.
MSEA carried out two other training courses for employees and workers at Misr Aluminum Company -Naga Hammadi in the field of "Environmental Protection in Industrial Facilities" .It dealt with topics related to industrial environmental problems, legislation and environmental laws, cleaner production technology, how to prepare and implement a program of self-monitoring.
In addition to a training course for employees and workers in Amiriya Oil Refinery Company in the field of "Environmental Protection in petroleum Establishments" It dealt with topics related to environmental problems in oil refining industry, environmental laws and regulations, environmental management systems in oil establishments, control systems and contaminants resulting from petroleum activities, management strategies of hazardous waste and substances, how to manage crises and environmental disasters, preparation of contingency plan, in addition to field visits and practical cases.


George received today Korean Minister of Environment to enhance environmental cooperation between the two countries

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, received today H.E. Mr. Mannee Lee, Korean Minister of Environment and a high-level delegation from Korean International Cooperation Agency, to discuss ways of enhancing cooperation between the two countries through activating Memorandum of Understanding signed between Egypt and Korea in 19th November, 2006.

The two sides discussed potential of cooperation in the field of rice straw recycling; Egypt has submitted a project to the Korean side in 2008, and a technical delegation from Korean International Cooperation Agency visited Egyptian Ministry of Environment to discuss implementation mechanism for Compressing and Recycling Rice Straw Project and its operational phase is expected to begin soon.

They consulted to enhance fields of cooperation and unify their views on climate change issue through a proposed project to support National Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change; The Korean minister will visit 15 May City landfill.

It is worth mentioning that Egypt had benefited from the Korean experience in the field of recycling hazardous waste through executing a project for recycling mercury waste in cooperation with the Korean International Cooperation Agency since 2007; in addition to production of bio-fuels from Jatropha plant through holding a strong partnership with a Korean private sector company, Tribute Energy, for planting 575 feddan of Jatropha plant in Abu Rawash.


Re-open and operate roads and tracks in Ras Mohamed Protectorate after removing sand and rocks that carried by floods and rains

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs managed through South Sinai's Protectorate Department to re-open and operate roads and tracks in Ras Mohamed Park, after removing sand and rocks that carried by floods and rains, causing to cover roads and tracks with thick layer of sediment. Construction Company specialized in the removal of floods' remnants had been used. The Park has been fully opened for tourists within 48 hours after the flood. "Khashaby Valley" in Ras Mohammed Park, which is considered one of the most active valleys in southern Sinai, was the most affected area.

Phenomenon of floods and rains is one of the most important natural factors that help in controlling environmental system for all environments; salinity of sea water surrounding South Sinai is considered the highest in the world ; this is due to the high evaporation rates and absence of any sources of fresh water pour in the Red Sea to help in compensation for the loss ; so that floods' phenomenon is one of the most important factors that help in reducing salinity of sea water and thus reduce pressures on marine environments.

Sand and sediment carried by the floods help in the creation of environments suitable for the growth of mangroves and sea grasses, which are of special importance to the environment of the Red Sea as considered one of the most productive environments for organic matter in the marine environment; as for terrestrial environments, rain water will significantly help in the growth of desert plants after suffering from drought for many years. This will have a positive impact on the conservation of biological diversity of the region.


Exchange of experiences between Egypt and France in the proper management of air quality

The round-table for the exchange of experiences between Egypt and France in the field of proper management of air quality in urban areas started today which is organized by the EEAA in cooperation with the French Center for studies , research and economical, social and legal documentation , the French University E.P.H.E , and the French National Center for Research (CNRS) over two days to present and discuss the Egyptian experience in the field of the management of air quality in Greater Cairo and the French experience in the field of the management of air quality in the city of Ouagadougou-Burkina Faso.
Dr. / Mawaheb Abul Azm – the CEO of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency Emphasized that the meetings will provide detailed presentations on programs and projects implemented by the State to improve air quality in Egypt to exchange views and experiences between both sides Egypt and France , and to benefit from the advanced French experience in facing air pollution problems especially the one carried out by France in Ouagadougou city-capital of Burkina Faso for the management of air quality there in order to reach important results and recommendations that could be taken into consideration when formulating improving air quality plans and policies especially in urban areas.
She pointed out that these meetings reflect the keenness of both sides the Egyptian and the French to enhance the cooperation between northern and southern Mediterranean countries to work on improving the region environment and reduce the pollution levels from various sources in the light of the increase in population levels experienced by many countries of the region especially in major cities and the expansion of development projects in different fields.
The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs has established a national network for monitoring air quality which started in 1998 by 44 monitoring stations which were increased during the past five years to be 78 monitoring stations through which monitoring the pollutants concentrations take place over the 24-hour and calculating the important indicators about air quality in Egypt.
Egypt has taken actions aiming not only at improving air quality in urban areas and reducing fuel consumption but also at reducing greenhouse gas emissions to address climate change.
The Ministry of Environment gives great interest to the field of reducing industrial pollution by encouraging existing industries to implement environmental friendly projects and programs and encourage them to reduce emissions to the permitted limit including the implementation of the second phase of the Industrial Pollution Abatement Project of a budget of 1200 million pounds in the form of financing packages for the owners of the existing industrial projects for the implementation of compliance action plan for the great Facilities in Greater Cairo and Alexandria Governorate, in addition to reducing polluting emissions from the industrial sector.
The ministry is also working in coordination with the ministries and concerned governorates to re-formulate a national strategy for integrated management of municipal waste depends on encouraging the recycling of waste and the creation of economic value to them in addition to the creation of safe and sanitary landfills for final disposal.


Ministry of Environment implemented 184 projects in cooperation with Danida in Egyptian governorates

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs implemented 184 projects funded with total budget estimated with 168 million Danish Corona .These projects were including 81 projects aimed at serving the poorest areas in the governorates of Beni Suef, Aswan, Ismailia, Fayoum, Minya, Behaira and El-Wadi El-Gadid. This information was declared during a workshop organized by the Ministry in cooperation with the Danish International Development Agency "Danida" in the presence of Dr. Mawaheb Abou El-Azm, Chief Executive Officer, Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency and Kirsten Hoop, Danish Ambassador in Cairo.

Participants highlighted the fact that, implemented projects have contributed in controlling pollution in the poorest areas , as they were including projects for solid waste management, pollution control and public awareness activities.

Danida ESP program supported MSEA to establish the industrial component for the sake of applying cleaner production practices to help small and medium-seized enterprises to achieve compliance with environmental laws; in addition to coordination with the Egyptian Industries Federation to establish Environmental Compliance Office concerned with providing advisory services in the fields of environmental management and cleaner production. The Ministry carries out a comprehensive survey of 600 industrial enterprises and the preparation of feasibility and economical studies.

Environmental Sector Program "ESP" has helped to unify EEAA's procedures and working models with those applied in its branches, getting ISO 9001 according to ISO international standards, strengthen environmental staff in governorates. 30000 trainees participated in training programs, preparation of environmental description for 21 governorates and environmental plans for another 16 governorates; the ministry depended upon various ways to spread environmental awareness in various parts of Egypt, such as inventing a cartoon Egyptian character titled "Bezra", presenting cartoon films, periodical publications, manuals and promotional brochures. As well as raising public awareness among workers in different crafts and small industries polluting environment such as brick kilns and foundries.


Minister of Environment reported to the Attorney General against Shabab Misr Newspaper

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, submitted a report to Mr. Abdel Meguid Mahmoud Attorney General against the journalist / Hatem Shalabi, and Mr.Ahmed Abdel Hadi, editor of Shabab Misr Newspaper about what was published in this newspaper. Mr. Minister, considered these news libelous and defamatory to him and his family. He requested Attorney General to take all legal and judicial procedures against the journalist and editor to ensure the detection of these lies and falsehoods, and clarify their attempt to mislead public opinion through insulting to the honorable and officials people of this country.

The minister also sent a letter to journalists' chief about what was published in the newspaper which is considered breach to Press Charter and violation of journalistic rules, and asked him to take the necessary action against the newspaper and its responsible for publishing such false and fabricated news.


Removal of an oil spill swept away by floods into marine environment in Ras Sidr.

Affiliated bodies to Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs managed to remove an oil spill swept away by floods into marine environment in Ras Sidr. MSEA's Central Operations Room received a communication from South Sinai governorate about floods that swept the governorate in Ras Sidr, leading to movement of some crude oils from production areas located there, spread in different parts and reached to the sea.

Immediately MSEA's Suez Regional Branch moved to the reported location to take necessary actions in coordination with Petroleum General Authority and General Petroleum Company operating in the region.

It was obvious that floods have broken shipment line (Assal / Matamear ), which has a diameter of 6 inches leading to the loss of about 300 cubic meters that were remaining after shipment operations , conducted once a day , and swept away by floods into Ras Sidr marine environment . Currently pollution control equipment is spreading along line's land-based sites and inspects the affected tourist beaches to remove pollution and follow-up accident's impacts


Ministry of Environment participates in African workshop entitled "Ways to Encourage Sustainable Production and Use of Bio-Fuels in Africa

Nature Conservation Sector affiliated to Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs participated in a workshop held in Accra, Ghana, aiming to promote sustainable production and use of bio-fuels in Africa. 42 participants from 23 African countries, including (Egypt, Tunisia, Ghana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Malawi, and Zambia) participated in the workshop.

During the workshop, Egypt presented exerted efforts in bio-fuels production and pointed to the fact that most of African countries lack strategies to attract investments in bio-fuel production and land-use plans .Egypt demonstrated its observations on bio-fuel production methods by using Jatrova and Jojoba trees , use of treated wastewater as a mean for irrigation , importance of providing strategies and environmental impact assessments for projects producing bio-fuels as well as identifying points of interest to African countries in the field of bio-fuel production.

The workshop highlighted the potential role and concerns about potential risks of bio-fuels on biodiversity; the three pivots of sustainable development, namely social, economical and environmental development; in addition to focusing on the importance of legal frameworks and policies to encourage sustainable production and use of bio-fuels, acknowledging potential benefits of bio-fuels in terms of its ability to realize social, energy security and environmental sustainability.

This workshop was aiming to provide an opportunity to exchange experiences and different opinions in biological diversity field, gather these views to be considered by the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice .The workshop called on governments, parties, research communities and other relevant actors to monitor and promote positive effects and minimize negative impacts of the production and use of bio-fuel to biodiversity.

Participants recommended the importance of establishing a global information system to provide basic information about countries producing bio-fuels, means of evaluating and monitoring impacts of bio-fuel production on different environments and biodiversity within these countries and provide necessary indicators and standards concerning this regard .


Remove oil spill pollution from Ras Raya, north of Mount Sinai's City... City's residents participate in the exerted efforts to remove the oil spill

Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, issued his directives to urgently dispatch an inspection committee from South Sinai Protectorates to Ras Raya north of Mount Sinai's City to remove oil spill pollution appeared on its shores.

Immediately both EEAA's Operations Center Room and Suez Branch were reported to take necessary procedures; the area was surveyed by a team from South Sinai Protectorates and residents of Mount Sinai's City contributed in the exerted efforts.

Their work resulted in removing oil spill completely from the region through gathering pollutants in plastic sealed bags that were transported by EEAA's vehicles to sanitary landfill; removed oil quantities were estimated with about 2 cubic meters of crude oil ; identification of spill's source is currently undergoing ; one thousand meters is the total length of affected region ; monitoring of dead fish or other marine organisms in the region have not been reported ; seabed and coral reefs of the region facing Ras Raya have been monitored and proved not affected by the pollution .

It is worth mentioning that EEAA is currently coordinating with concerned and working authorities in the region for identifying region's pollutants and ways to maintain its environmental integrity.


Environment, issued the second version of "Guidelines for EIA procedures of projects".

MSEA, through Pollution Abatement Project (Phase II) organized a workshop in Aswan to introduce second version of "Guidelines for Environmental Impact Assessment Procedures of Projects". Representatives from universities and institutions, Environmental Impact Assessment Departments in MSEA and its Branches in Qena, Aswan and Luxor; in addition to representatives from Aswan's NGOs, companies and factories participated in the workshop.

The workshop highlighted several issues, including funding methods of projects through the Industrial Pollution Abatement project, which aims to support Egyptian industry to achieve environmental compliance and improve working conditions through its funding programs in collaboration with donors. EPAP II, funded by Egyptian government in collaboration with the World Bank, European Investment Bank, Japan International Bank and French Agency for the provision of soft financing package for industrial plants to adjust their environmental conditions.

It is worth mentioning that the project provides 20% grant to industry in order to improve industrial environment, available funding reach to about 90% from the total cost of project's investment with maximum of 15 million $ and minimum of 100 thousand$ for each project.

The workshop pointed to the needed requirements to prepare an environmental impact assessment study for list (c) projects and list (a) projects; as well as referring to EIA system and features of its development.


Environment enforced Paints Company in Badr City to achieve its environmental compliance.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, issued his directives to take official legal procedures against "Darwish Brothers" company, manufacturing paints in Badr Industrial City; to adopt an urgent plan to achieve its environmental compliance.

Inspection Committee from MSEA discovered that the company does not fulfill its environmental record that include facility's impact on the surrounding environment; unsafe disposal of hazardous waste and insecure storage of hazardous materials and wastes .Illegal storage of raw materials inside and outside the facility , personal protective equipment are not used by employees, unavailability of official discharge of industrial wastewater that resulted in discharging its wastewater on public network of Badr's city.

Legal official procedures were taken against company's environmental violations to enforce it to achieve its compliance environmental procedures.


Environment grants Assiut Cement Factory environmental approval.

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs grants approval for Assiut Cement Factory ( building materials industries) which fulfills necessary environmental requirements to preserve the environment ;it located for about 12 km away from the residential area (El-Arabia village), and 22 km from River Nile. Its capital estimated with one billion and one hundred million pounds with production capacity of 1.5 million tons / year of gray cement; this project will provide 1200 direct and indirect job opportunities.

This project will use the dry method and vertical grinding mills as they characterized with rationalizing electricity consumption with at least 30%, low consumption of oils and lubricants and its low level of noise .It also characterized with a high-quality product. Electrostatic, textile and gravel filters will be used to suit all activities within the production process and reduce emissions to reach global limits; natural gas will be used in its operation and monitoring equipments will be installed to monitor emissions from smokestacks and will be connected with EEAA's national network for periodic monitoring and follow-up throughout the year.

The factory will adhere to recycle by-pass dust in manufacturing cement products or any other uses; in the case of its disposal by dumping, the company must be committed to granulate it before being transferred for disposal in safety landfill; in addition to that raw materials must be stored in closed stores not subject to air currents and periodic maintenance must be conducted for covered belts.

The project will also adhere to treat resulting wastewater and recycling it in planting a fence of timber trees in areas surrounding the factory and in production processes ; the company also committed to use radioactive source under supervision of Atomic Energy Authority according to regulating laws, taking necessary precautions to protect its workers in working area from radiation and examine their health through periodical medical inspection ; their results will be recorded in company's environmental register. The company is also committed to coordinate with the governorate to improve environmental situation and provide social services to the surrounding area.


ministry of environment held a work shop in central delta


Regional Branch of Central Delta affiliated to Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, held a 3-day workshop aimed to prepare qualified cadres and leaders interested with youth and children through raising their awareness with environmental concepts as well as increasing their effective participation in environmental activities.

Experts from education, youth, sports sectors and governorates participated in delivering basic information about environmental concepts in an easy and simple way for youth and children. The workshop discussed production of artistic activities from different materials such as scrap paper, plastic bottles, textiles and cardboard to be used in making puppets to be used in performing puppet plays.

It is worth mentioning that Ministry of Environment is constantly seeking to change negative behaviors and attitudes, increase environmental awareness among children and youth, through highlighting the importance of preserving environment and natural resources in addition to identify environmental problems and their participation in finding solutions for them .












George orders to intensify inspection campaigns over companies illegally discharge industrial wastewater in the River Nile.

One year imprisonment sentence delivered against two managers from the Nile Company for Food, convicted with discharging untreated industrial wastewater to El-Sarwa drainage.

Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs issued his directives to sustain and tighten inspection and control campaigns over all sources of illegal discharge of industrial wastewater in River Nile, its branches, canals and drainages.

The ministry has taken official legal procedures against two managers from Nile Company for food "Enjoy" because of discharging its untreated industrial wastewater in the Nile, which revealed by sudden campaign conducted by the Ministry. Prosecutors convicted both Sheriff Mahmud El-Said and Muhammad Ali Thabet with discharging untreated industrial wastewater in El-Sarw drainage and decided to submit them for urgent trial; the court sentenced them with imprisonment for one year.

Campaigns conducted by the Ministry have revealed that the company illegally discharges untreated industrial waste water not compliance with environmental specifications and requirements on El-Sarw drainage.

Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs stressed on the necessity to sustain environmental inspection campaigns over all sources of illegal discharge of wastewater in the River Nile, its branches, canals and drainages until these sources achieve environmental compliance with environmental specifications and requirements regarding discharged wastewater to protect Nile River from any contamination.


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St. Catherine Protectorate hosts St. Catherine International Marathon for the seventh consecutive year and started its celebration with biodiversity year by holding Sinai blue butterfly festival.

St. Catherine Protectorate launched the seventh International St. Catherine Marathon under the slogan (Racing for Peace), under auspices of Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs in cooperation with Ministry of Tourism and St. Catherine city; 232 racers representing 10 nationalities in addition to 100 racers from Sinai Bedouin and 20 students from St. Catherine Protectorate Friends' Group participated in the race. The race composed of four racing categories 5, 10, 21 and 42 kilometer started from the middle of St. Catherine city till Al-Esbai area.

This international marathon was selected to launch celebration with biodiversity year, which include the First International Festival with Sinai blue butterfly that uniquely characterizes St. Catherine Protectorate under the slogan "Together to Maintain Sinai Blue Butterfly ". This celebration is a message to the world to reduce emissions causing changes climate, which adversely affect the environment and threatens this spice of butterfly with endanger of extinction.

St. Catherine Protectorate held a meeting with participants and organizers of the marathon for setting and defining environmental controls for the race , emphasis on guidelines of how to deal within the protectorate and to identify environmentally sensitive areas ; a working group has been formed to follow itinerary of the race and to ensure participant commitment with race's rules ;in addition to setting an integrated action plan for managing the race after its success achieved last year that resulted in multiplying number of participants in this year race .

St. Catherine Protectorate's responsible publish publications about Sinai butterfly ,provide sports uniforms bearing blue butterfly's image , conduct number of awareness campaigns about impacts of climate change on Sinai butterfly in schools ,local and tourism communities .During closing ceremony coincides with Marathon's end , they distributed medals bearing protectorate and butterfly slogan to winners of the race in addition to honoring partners and sponsors.




Environment undertakes number of inspection campaigns on El-Qalubia governorate's villages and El-Salam City's factories.


Central Administration for Inspection affiliated to Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs in cooperation with Environment and Water Surfaces Police carried out some inspection campaigns on factories of iron and steel, oil refining ,brick , rubber , dyeing and weaving , coal kilns and power station located in areas of Shubra El-Khema , El-Qanater , Qalyoub , Kaha ,Tookh and Banha, Kafr Shokr and El-Salam City to seize violations resulting from their activities ; theses campaigns resulting in seizing violations of failure to complete environmental register and hazardous substances register , unsafe disposal of waste oil ,usage of diesel fuel in boilers , absence of a license to discharge wastewater to Ismailia canal , non-conformity of taking measurements with standard methods in addition to lack of safeguard supplies and non-conformity of chimneys' boiler with specifications.

Immediately Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs issued his directives to take legal action against violating establishments, alerting their officials to remove these violations and reduce air pollution loads resulting from the activity.

The inspection committee passed on number of villages in Banha, Tookh and Kafr Shokr to seize any case of open burning causing the acute episodes of air pollution; it did not notice any burning of municipal or agricultural waste.



MSEA convene environmental training course for Public Prosecution's members.

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs organized a professional legal training course for members of Public Prosecution in the framework of sustained and effective collaboration between Public Prosecution and the Ministry. It was attended by 25 members from public prosecution for discussing various environmental issues such as natural resources protection, improvement quality programs of air, water, soil and natural protectorates in addition to international environment conventions ratified by Egypt.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs declared that continuous and constructive cooperation is going on between the Ministry and Public Prosecution to activate the effective enforcement of environmental laws and their judgments in addition to factories and industrial projects compliance with environmental requirements and standards to achieve greater protection for the environment as stipulated a national duty in the Constitution.

The training course also aims at discussing and presenting new amendments to Environment Law with prosecution members to achieve their better understanding of these amendments and elaborate how to activate their application and strengthen relations between judiciary and environment.








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Arresting an Okrani tourist trying to smuggle 360 lizards.

Security authorities of Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport in cooperation with South Sinai Protectorates arrested an Okrani tourist trying to smuggle 360 lizards, legal procedures were taken against him and a team of specialists in wild environment from South Sinai protectorates handled the process of releasing arrested animals according to environmental and scientific criteria to ensure their adaptation with the environments they were released in.

Animals were distributed on valleys of South Sinai's protectorates in convenient places for their living requirements in terms of food availability, surrounding nature and away from human impacts that may negatively affect them. They will be monitored to ensure their adaptability with natural conditions prevailing in the region.

It is worth mentioning that this kind of reptiles live in even and open environments and digging their burrows themselves with about 1-2 meters; for their food they depend on leaves, seeds, flowers, annuals and perennials plants that grow in their environments and rarely drink water because they take advantage of plants' juices.

Lizards are variable temperature animals, because their bodies' temperature changes according to the heat surrounding their environment. They enter into hibernation at the beginning of winter (around October) when temperature reaches to 20 degrees Celsius or less and until the beginning of February and in some cases to its end.


Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs organized a workshop for combating industrial pollution in Abu Rawash area.

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs organized a workshop to aware industrial companies in Abu Rawash area with funding conditions through second phase of Industrial Pollution Abatement Project; it was held in the Cultural, Environmental and Educational Center (Cairo House) in Fustat.

Eng. Ahmed Hijazi, Head of Environment Quality Sector , clarified in his speech that Ministry of Environment administers several funding programs in collaboration with several international donors to provide technical and financial support for the implementation of projects to combat pollution in industrial facilities.

He added that the interest to achieve standard levels of industrial development without prior environmental planning undoubtedly lead to degradation of natural resources in addition to the harmful emissions which contribute mainly to increasing environmental pollution loads, particularly in industrial areas and the consequent damage to health and environmental degradation; so that the Government had prepared Egyptian national programs to develop Egyptian industry within concerned ministries ,such as Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs ,Ministry of International Cooperation ,Ministry of Industry and some other relevant ministries.

Industrial Pollution Abatement project started its first phase (1997-2005) with total funding of about 35 million $ in collaboration with World Bank and Finnish government to provide fund for projects to combat pollution in industrial facilities all over Egypt ;it also participated in building capacities of technical staff in EEAA to be able to follow-up pollution indicators and deal with environmental problems in light of the economic obstacles faced by some industries, through environmental inspection programs ; in addition to establishing principles of voluntary agreements conducted between MSEA and industrial facilities, which aims to achieve a balance between environmental programs and industrial development plans within industrial facilities.

Second phase of the project started from (2007- 2012) with participation of five entities, World Bank for Reconstruction, Japan Bank for International Cooperation , European Investment Bank , French Development Agency and Finnish government with funding reached to about billion L.E.

This phase will continue funding programs directed to projects combating pollution, which includes development and adjustment projects and use of cleaner technology focused on Greater Cairo and Alexandria, which contains more than 50% of the Egyptian industry.


MSEA convene environmental training course for Public Prosecution's members.

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs organized a professional legal training course for members of Public Prosecution in the framework of sustained and effective collaboration between Public Prosecution and the Ministry. It was attended by 25 members from public prosecution for discussing various environmental issues such as natural resources protection, improvement quality programs of air, water, soil and natural protectorates in addition to international environment conventions ratified by Egypt.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs declared that continuous and constructive cooperation is going on between the Ministry and Public Prosecution to activate the effective enforcement of environmental laws and their judgments in addition to factories and industrial projects compliance with environmental requirements and standards to achieve greater protection for the environment as stipulated a national duty in the Constitution.

The training course also aims at discussing and presenting new amendments to Environment Law with prosecution members to achieve their better understanding of these amendments and elaborate how to activate their application and strengthen relations between judiciary and environment.




Arresting an Okrani tourist trying to smuggle 360 lizards.


Security authorities of Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport in cooperation with South Sinai Protectorates arrested an Okrani tourist trying to smuggle 360 lizards, legal procedures were taken against him and a team of specialists in wild environment from South Sinai protectorates handled the process of releasing arrested animals according to environmental and scientific criteria to ensure their adaptation with the environments they were released in.

Animals were distributed on valleys of South Sinai's protectorates in convenient places for their living requirements in terms of food availability, surrounding nature and away from human impacts that may negatively affect them. They will be monitored to ensure their adaptability with natural conditions prevailing in the region.

It is worth mentioning that this kind of reptiles live in even and open environments and digging their burrows themselves with about 1-2 meters; for their food they depend on leaves, seeds, flowers, annuals and perennials plants that grow in their environments and rarely drink water because they take advantage of plants' juices.

Lizards are variable temperature animals, because their bodies' temperature changes according to the heat surrounding their environment. They enter into hibernation at the beginning of winter (around October) when temperature reaches to 20 degrees Celsius or less and until the beginning of February and in some cases to its end.



Egypt was unanimously selected for membership and representative of African countries in the Implementation Committee of Montreal Protocol.

In recognition of Egypt's leading and unique role in protecting ozone layer, for 22 years , along which Egypt was committed to the Protocol's provisions and amendments, Egypt has been selected unanimously by all African countries to be their representative in the Implementation Committee of Montreal Protocol for the Protection of Ozone Layer. During the ministerial meeting of States' Parties to Montreal Protocol that is currently held in Marsa Alam city with the presence of representatives from 196 countries.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, outlined functions of the Implementation Committee, which include reviewing reports received from States' parties about their production, consumption, importation and exportation of Ozone Depleting Substances ODS; as well as verifying States Parties ' compliance with Montreal Protocol's decisions and provisions. He added that the committee is composed of representatives from all regional networks to the Protocol and Egypt's membership in the Committee will continue for two years.

It is worth to mention that Egypt is one of the leading countries that signed the Montreal Protocol, as it was state No. 7 ratified the Protocol and had a key role in the negotiations that led to signing Vienna Convention and Montreal Protocol; also Egypt was a founding member of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Ozone Fund during the period from 1990 to 1992. Egypt has implemented a successful, clear and ambitious program to protect environment and preserve ozone layer; in addition to implementing several projects to introduce environment-friendly substances to be used in various industrial and agricultural applications, instead of harmful substances. Egypt will be almost free from all depleting substances harmful to ozone layer by January 2011. This tendency comes from Egyptian firm belief that human being capacity depends largely on the sound environment in which he live.


World's experts continue their meetings in Marsa Alam for the 2nd day concerning alternatives of Ozone Depleting Substances and mechanisms for the proper disposal of ODS' stockpiles


World environmental experts continued their meetings in Marsa Alam for the 2nd day by discussing proposed amendments to the Montreal Protocol, submitted by North America Group (Canada - United States - Mexico) and (Micronesia - Mauritius) to enhance preservation of the environment and protection of ozone layer. Discussions covered the possibility to include HCFC substances as substitutes for CFC that deplete ozone layer under the Montreal Protocol's tables due to its inclusion under Kyoto Protocol as substances causing global warming.

This subject is with great importance to Montreal Protocol's States Parties, especially in light of their different opinions about how to address this issue, as this substance's emission fall under climate change conventions.

Conference agenda include other important issues such as approving on necessary usages of methyl bromide, for countries that phased out its use since 2005, that is usually used in the quarantine for exports and imports fumigation; in addition to taking decisions about how to manage remaining ODS substances in machineries and equipments, as well as applications and mechanisms for the proper disposal of these remaining substances at the end of their machineries and equipments' life.

Yesterday morning , Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs inaugurated the expert level meeting of the 21st Contracting Parties Conference to Montreal Protocol; this Conference is considered the most important contracting parties meeting as it will witness endorsement of the last state in the international community to the Protocol; it is attended by representatives from 196 countries and its expert level meeting will be held from 4-6 November and followed by the ministerial meeting from 7- 9 November in Marsa Alam . He stressed on the importance of providing accurate information about imported and consumed quantities of ODS, in addition to an accurate inventory of sectors which depend on these substances .He also referred to the need for coordination between regulatory bodies to prevent illicit trafficking and most importantly providing suitable alternatives for ozone depleting substances.


Use of unexploited wastes as a supplement fuel in Suez Cement Company


In the framework of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs approved on an environmental project for Suez Cement Company in Katameya and Helwan factories to use unexploited wastes as a supplement fuel in cement industry to reduce carbon dioxide which is one of global warming causes.

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, through Industrial Pollution Abatement Project (EPAP-2) will participate with financial support estimated with 8 million euros that will lead to increase employment opportunities for youth, introduce new technology in Egypt and enable the Company to achieve an additional income from selling carbon certificates.

The project aims to use fuels alternative (agricultural wastes, sludge resulting from sewage treatment plants, solid municipal and household wastes as partial alternative fuel); activities of the proposed project will start during 2009 by replacing 10% of the fuel that will be increased gradually to reach 30% during 2015.

Agricultural residues are restricted to usage of rice straw and cotton wood only and not any other residues used for animals feeding, such as wastes of corn, wheat, barley and others. As for usage of municipal wastes, it will be postponed to 2013 after taking necessary measures by the company with participation of EEAA's representatives through conducting necessary tests to insure safety of its use.

Sludge used as supplement fuel is restricted to sludge resulting from treated sewage of Greater Cairo Plants (Wastewater Treatment Plants of El-Sallam City, Helwan, Zanin and Abu Rawash).

It should be mentioned that a previous environmental approval was issued for another company to use agricultural wastes as an alternative fuel in cement kilns.


Ministry of Environment seizes a gang for the illegal smuggle of medicinal hazardous wastes in Alexandria

Ministry of Environment has successfully seized a gang of the illegal smuggle of medicinal hazardous wastes in Alexandria, this gang classifies hazardous wastes of hospitals and pharmaceutical companies (cardboard boxes - fabrics - cotton and syringes ... etc.) to be recycled and sold again.

EEAA's regional branch in Alexandria in coordination with the El Montazah Police in Alexandria, have seized two brothers accused of possession of a quantity of such waste, EEAA in Alexandria has conducted the necessary investigation for identifying and collecting data belonging to this subject, and were submitted to the Prosecution, which ordered their imprisonment and safely getting rid of these waste.


Seizing unofficial dump site in Shak Eltaaban area.


Inspection teams affiliated to the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs have successfully seized unofficial dump site in Shak Eltaaban area in Cairo, during their inspection campaign they observed dense emission resulted from burning rubbish from this dumpsite which is specified for building ruins, and it was unofficially converted into municipal waste landfill without obtaining environmental approvals.

This dump site causes air pollution that was felt during the last period in Maadi area, and the inspection teams have also seized dump truck throwing garbage in this bump site.

Cairo governorate was informed for not using this dump site in throwing municipal waste, and specifying it for building ruins only according to the licenses issued for that dumpsite.

On the other hand 12 cases of open burning of rice straw were seized in
El-Sharkia governorate including 2 cases at Bilbeis, 7 at Menia Elkamih 1 case in Elkanyat town , 2 cases at Mashtol Elsook town , all fire have been dealt with by the fire brigade, and records were issued against farmers and referred to the Public Prosecution.


Environment: There is no relation between the black cloud & the bad weather conditions that the country has witnessed since last Saturday


Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs denied what was repeated about the increasing of severe air pollution episodes during the past two days . Eng. Ahmed Abu Al-Saud Chairman of the Central department of air quality announced that what has occurred during the past two days was a dust storm coming from North Africa affected Egypt, it started from Chad south of Libya and moved to the northeast east direction, covering large areas of southern and northern of Egypt on Saturday 17-10 and throughout the night until the next day.

He added that as a result of being affected by the hot low pressure dominated the middle of the Mediterranean (north west), and this low-impact extended to the upper levels of the atmosphere (5 km), which led to the wind south-east and south, carrying dust from desert of Chad and Libya and the hot winds led to a rise in temperature more than any time of the year.

The winds calmed down in the first night, driving down the dust-laden air masses to the bottom and combined with high humidity atmosphere that led to the mist and low horizontal visibility.


7.15 U.S.$ million grant from the Global Environment Facility For the integrated management of coastal zones in Alexandria


The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs held public hearing to review environmental impact assessment study for the integrated management of coastal zones in Alexandria to improve the environmental status of Lake Mariot. The project will start in January 2010 with a grant of $ 7.15 million U.S. dollars from the Global Environment Facility.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the EEAA and the Ministry of Irrigation, Ministry of Agriculture , Fisheries Authority , Alexandria Governorate , other concerned research authorities and representatives of 7 NGOs and civil society in Alexandria. The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs will manage the project in cooperation with the Governorate of Alexandria and ministry of irrigation and agriculture.

The project aims to reduce pollution loads on the Mediterranean, to improve water quality and restore biological system of Lake Mariot. The project consists of three components, the first component aims to increase the institutional capacity of various concerned bodies to manage coastal zones in Alexandria, including Lake Mariot on the basis of sustainability and participation, and it included a general plan for management of coastal areas including Alexandria and Lake Mariot to strengthen the capacity of stakeholders of Lake Mariot, through information systems to calculate pollution of lakes in addition to equipments for monitoring and training.

The second component focuses on reducing pollution in the Mediterranean Sea through Lake Mariot, by installing equipments and machinery at an estimated cost of about $ 5 million from the introduced grant for project implementation in addition to the treatment of pollutants of ElKalaa drainage that affect badly Lake Mariot projects by removing weeds.
The third component of the project management fully allocates support for the implementing bodies of the project through international and local consulting experiences.


A Ceremony for distributing the awards of World Environment Day 2009.

The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs organized ceremony for distributing awards for competitions of World Environment Day 2009, which was held in Egypt in cooperation with Elwady Center for Environmental Sciences with presence of Dr Mawaheb Abul-Azm, chief executive of EEAA, which emphasized in her speech that this competitions are one of the mechanisms developed by the ministry to spread environmental awareness among different categories of society, whether audio or readable also she stressed the importance of community participation to implement programs and projects that help in raising environmental awareness and change misconceptions about the environment.
These competitions came within the special ceremony organized by Elwady Center for Environmental Sciences for celebrating World Environment Day 2009 in both Cairo and Alexandria in cooperation with both the British Council and Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
It is worth mentioning that Elwady Center for Environmental Sciences has participated in the annual celebration of World Environment Day adopted by Egypt since 2006 until now and reflects this center's concern about environmental work .As a non-governmental organization it aims at spreading environmental awareness by making the learning process is interesting, this is a good example of the participation of civil society organizations with governmental agencies to activate the role of the citizen in the Egyptian system, addressing the environmental issues which can not be overcame by single entity without the participation of all civil society organizations.


Strict control over air pollution sources of agricultural areas, in Elbehira governorate to stop the violations of open burning


Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, issued his directives to intensify inspection campaigns over the sources of air pollution and combat severe air pollution episodes that occur in that time of the year. A committee from the central branch of Alexandria affiliated to EEAA seized a number of violations of open burning of municipal waste and rice straw in Elbehira governorate at Damanhur city, Kafr El-Dawar.

The campaign resulted in seizing environmental violations including burning of three acres of rice straw residues, where the coordination was made with the civil defense forces to control this fire. This burning produces emissions of sulfur oxides and the first carbon dioxide which is harmful to the environment, and helps in the emergence of air pollution episodes, and legal actions were taken against the violator and a misdemeanor No. 13816 for 2009 forth was issued in this regard.

A committee from the central branch of Alexandria affiliated to EEAA moved immediately after receiving complaints from citizens about the existence of fire in a garbage dumpsite at Ghazal province, at the city of Damanhur, that leads to a very dense smoke in the region, as well as air pollution and accidents between cars on the road, fire burning has been controlled .


Mubarak mandates "George" to attend the African summit for sustainable development in Burkina Faso...The summit aims at developing the African vision that will be discussed at the next climate change summit

President Mohammad Hosni Mubarak mandates Eng.Maged George Elias, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs at the head of high-level delegation to participate in the African Summit on Sustainable Development in Burkina Faso on 9-11 October.
Engineer Maged George emphasized that the summit comes in the framework of consultations among the African countries to develop a common vision before Copenhagen summit of climate change.
This summit is organized in partnership between the Government of Burkina Faso and the French Ministry for Foreign affairs, the summit aims to achieve several objectives like finding out new development opportunities offered by climate change, in addition to the compilation of national and regional initiatives to reach a consensus about the developing countries' issues.

George participates in a high-level ministerial delegation under the title of "environment, climate change and globalization" which is chaired by the President of the Republic of Burkina Faso, where Egyptian Minister of Environment delivers his speech about the Egyptian vision on how to deal with climate change, where Egypt adopts a clear situation which refuses to impose any obligations on States countries to reduce climate change emissions , so as not to affect the growth rates and energy generation.

Despite the fact that Egypt is one of the least states that releases greenhouse gases that cause climate change, where its emission doesn't exceed more than .05% of world's emissions, but it makes several efforts to reduce those emissions through the promotion and implementation of renewable energy projects and improving the energy efficiency and the transition towards the use of natural gas from Egypt because of the Egyptian awareness of the importance of sustainable development in the provision of a better life for future generations.


Statement from the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs

With reference to what was published in an Independent newspaper on Wednesday, 7/10/2009 about directives of Dr. Ahmed Nazif, Prime Minister of segmenting 870 acres of Lake Mariot. The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs emphasized that this story is totally false, as Dr. Ahmed Nazif, the Prime Minister held a meeting on 4th September in which he referred to the importance of studying the status of Egyptian lakes and stopping all forms of pollution as soon as possible.
Therefore it was agreed between the Ministers of the Environment and Agriculture to hold meetings to study the status of each lake separately, accordingly the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs held the first meeting with Fisheries Development Authority and the representative of the Governorate of Alexandria to study the status of Lake Mariot on Thursday, 1 October where they determined the whole site as preparation to issue a final decisions to stop reclamation and pollution of the lake totally.
It is worthy to mention that the projects referred to in the news , were established in 2004 like (the sporting city - the international park and the seventh sector of the international coastal road and expansions of drainage system in Alexandria).


Egyptian Somali Environmental cooperation

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, met Mr.Borae Mohamed Hamza Somali environment minister and the Somali ambassador in Cairo to discuss means of bilateral cooperation between Egypt and Somalia in the field of environmental protection , during the meeting the two ministers reviewed the importance of benefiting from the Egyptian experience in the field of capacity-building and environmental support for Somalia in terms of training staff in many environmental fields such as biodiversity , combating desertification and climate change.

George has focused in his talks with his Somali counterpart on the importance of legislations and environmental laws in the field of environmental protection and reviewed the Egyptian experience in this regard.

They also reviewed the most important Conventions on climate change, and biodiversity, which was signed by Somalia and other countries, the Somali minister emphasized his attendance of the International Ozone conference that will be held in Marsa Alam next November.

The most important Somali environmental problems have been reviewed resulting from civil wars in Somalia, and they discussed how Egypt supports the Somali environmental situation in the international forums.


According to George's directives of strict control over air pollution resources ...Inspection campaigns on brick factories in Arab Abu Saed area

The Department of Environmental Inspection affiliated to the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs in cooperation with Environment police has launched unexpected campaign on brick factories in Arab Abu Saed area

The campaign resulted in discovering environmental violations in some factories, including the use of Mazot that produces high concentrations of Sulfur Oxide and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) , which helps in the occurrence of air pollution episodes with wind movement around Greater Cairo. It was also discovered that these factories don't have the environmental sound management record, and it is managed without a license, in addition to the lack of precautionary measures for workers to protect them against risks of the profession. The legal actions were taken to edit records for unlicensed factories and directing the offending departments of factories to comply with environmental measures to reduce emissions in that time of the year.

Engineer Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs has issued his directives to intensify such campaigns on air pollution sources to mitigate its impacts on severe air pollution episodes that occur in that time of the year.

It is worth mentioning that the inspection campaigns on this area during September resulted in the seizure of 16 environmental violations, and legal actions were taken against violators. The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs has implemented a project of Fuel switching from mazot to natural gas for 50 brick factories in the region, and currently 200 factory are being converted with total cost of 140 million pounds


George at the closing session of the 13th Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development meeting, world's states must adopt intensive adaptation measures to combat climate change adverse impacts

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs assured , in his speech delivered at the closing session of the 13th Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development hosted by Egypt from 28 -30 September 2009 and witnessed participation of 22 countries and large number of governmental and non governmental organizations, that all world's states must adopt intensive adaptation measures to combat climate change adverse impacts after it has been proved that greenhouse gas emissions reduction causing climate change phenomenon will not solve the problem so that all efforts must be directed to mitigate and adapt with climate change impacts , especially that most countries in the Mediterranean basin will be negatively affected with climate change.

He suggested that MAP develops a joint declaration, about its undertaken activities as well as needed requirements to support addressing climate change challenges on coastal, agricultural, water resources, tourism and health sectors submitted to Copenhagen meeting to be held next December.

He pointed to the possibility of exchanging experiences resulting from already implemented activities by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to benefit from their outputs in implementing similar programs in the field of water resources and coastal zone management conservation in the Mediterranean region


George declared at Prominent Egyptian Characters Festival, that biodiversity loss means loss of cultural heritage of different peoples


Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs speech delivered at the inauguration of "Prominent Egyptian Characters Festival" in the presence of Dr. Zuhair Garana, Minister of Tourism and Governor of the Red Sea assured that human civilizations reflect peoples richness with their biological diversity ; and thus loss of biodiversity means loss of cultural heritage of different peoples. It is currently held at Cairo International Conference Center in Nasr City in coordination with Wadi Center for Environmental Science and Rowad Al-Sahraa Association for Egyptian desert, the festival aims to promote and increase environmental awareness about cultural heritage, tribal handicrafts, and visit Wadi El-Gemal Protected area. It also contributes to increase interaction between all members of local and national community.

George explained that protected areas have contributed in protecting cultural heritage ,beautiful landscapes, traditional knowledge and encourage local communities participation to preserve their different culture represented in protected areas with their different ecosystems .There are prehistoric paintings in the ( Gilf Kebir ,Wadi El-Gemal and Elba mountain) ,Pharonic and Romanian in ( Qarun - Siwa - Wadi El-Gemal and El-Zaranik) , Christianity in (St. Catherine) and Islamic in (Zaranik).

Cultural diversity in local communities is represented in (tribes of Al-Ababdeh, El-Basharia and Bedouins), which is preserved in forms of their languages, dialects, handicrafts, folklore, dance, traditional tools and environmental building that reflect local materials and different landscapes.

He pointed out that MSEA was keen to preserve cultural and natural heritage through developing Network for Natural Protectorates , which reached to 15% of Egypt's total area in addition to exerting intensive efforts to make Wadi Fl-Gemal as a distinguished area which will be announced soon as a world heritage area to promote sustainable tourism in Egypt.

MSEA is keen to raise environmental awareness and promote NGOs such as Wadi Center for Environmental Science and Rowad Al-Sahraa Association for Egyptian desert to help preservation of our natural and cultural rights.

Egypt is considered one of the richest countries with its cultural heritage, which reflects cultures and traditions of different human with their knowledge and tradition across different generations; these cultural and natural traditions were exposed to many human pressures in addition to technologies that contributed to loss much of them for that reason decisions making concerning use of appropriate technology must originate from people needs especially local communities


Ministry of Environment held an expanded meeting to address Black Cloud

George warns against negligence in dealing with burning rice straw in Delta and stressed upon intensifying inspection campaigns and receiving citizens' complaints over 24 hours a day

Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, held an expanded meeting with leaders of EEAA and its Branches in governorates of Delta and leaders of Water Surfaces and Environment Police to follow up implementation plan of addressing acute episodes of air pollution, known by media as Black Cloud.

During the meeting he reviewed collection rates of rice straw in governorates by the four companies responsible for collection and compressing straw, in addition to satellite maps that reveal areas of open burning in Delta region, which showed some fires in El-Dakahlia, El-Sharkia, El-Qaliubiya and Kafr El-Sheikh. He followed up implementation of the adopted plan by EEAA branches and work carried out by each company. Minister also reviewed weather forecast reports during the coming days, which revealed the near occurrence of thermal reflection phenomenon that reduce wind speed and thus increase our sensibility with air pollution during this time of the year.

George, warned from open burning of rice straw or wastes in Delta and Greater Cairo counties, and stressed that delay in rice harvest this year means that farmers are seeking to collect large quantities of rice during the next short period of time, this requires great deal of vigilance. George directed the four companies to rapidly collect straw from fields in order not to force farmers to burn it in preparation of their lands for next crop cultivation; as well as not neglect any violation of open burning and stressed on the need to intensify inspection campaigns in cooperation with Water Surfaces and Environment police during the coming weeks. He called for the prompt legal action against offenders as amendments of Environment law stipulates imprisonment and a fine ranging between 5 thousand and 100 thousand pounds for the perpetrator of open burning crime whether of rice straw, garbage or agricultural waste.

He called for raising state of emergency in Citizens Service Center to receive their complaints 24 hours a day through the hot line 19808 and promptly deal with complaints of open burning by informing relevant Branches and Water Surfaces and Environment Police. He also stressed upon the need for Environmental Affairs officials presence in Delta governorates during night and day throughout the period of rice harvest and straw disposal. He also called for the continuous announcement of offenders and their sanctions on MSEA's website and in various media, as well as percentages of air pollutants during Black Cloud period to achieve principle of transparency.

Reports presented to the Minister during the meeting indicated that reason for acute pollution episode emergence on 18th September that appeared in the skies over Cairo was due to the current emissions from Helwan and south Cairo factories and south-westerly wind that prevailed in this day. He stressed upon the importance of strict control over these plants during the coming period and prompt legal action against offenders.


Postpone the announcement of winners in "Ozone Competition" to 15th October.

During MSEA's celebration with Ozone International Day - 2009 under the slogan" global participation: ozone protection unites the world "that illustrates the importance of uniting efforts to face ozone layer depletion. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs decided to postpone declaration of winners participated in "Ozone Protectors" competition to next 15th October, due to the high demand from youth to participate and to provide more opportunities for the largest number to participate.

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs has announced about a competition under the title "Ozone Protectors" in participation with United Nations Environment Program on the occasion of World Day for Ozone layer Protection -16 September, aiming to raise environmental awareness among children about ozone layer and how to protect it. Awards for the competition include free trips to Port Ghalib Resort in Marsa Alam- Red Sea provided by MSEA for the top ten winners in the competition including two way air ticket and full accommodation for 3 nights in a hotel.

Ministry of Environment will hold a ceremony to distribute additional awards for best competitors from the ten winners presented by UNEP. Conditions for participants in the competition are age not more than 15 years ,answers provided handwritten or printed and can be emailed to ozoneday2009@hotmail.com or to EEAA - Competition " Ozone Protectors " - PO Box (11728), Cairo not later than 20th September.


Egypt hosts the 13th Meeting of Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development. MSEA emphasizes the necessity to unify efforts of all governments, donors, research institutions and United Nations' organizations to address impacts of climate change

Egypt is currently hosting the13th meeting of Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development from 28 to 30 September where its members and climate change experts will meet in Cairo to determine latest measurements that will allow Mediterranean adaptation strategies exploit available opportunities in the new system through using renewable energies and exchange of experiences among different countries ;in addition to discussing Mediterranean tourism, agriculture and rural development and their vulnerability with climate change.

Eng. Maged George's , Minister of State for Environmental Affairs speech delivered by Dr. Mawaheb Abou El-Azm Chief Executive Officer ,EEAA ,emphasized the necessity to unify efforts of all governments , donors , research institutions and United Nations' organizations to address impacts of climate change; in addition to the necessity of realizing a practical plan for Mediterranean countries to implement climate change adaptation measures to pave the way for Mediterranean countries in Copenhagen meeting.

She pointed that 2009/2010 session will focus on themes of sustainable urban development, energy and integrated management of coastal areas; she stressed upon the necessity to benefit from all learned lessons and best practices executed in these fields to mainstream climate change in these sectors and thus ensure their integration in the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development.

In the framework of Egypt's effort to prepare for a National Strategy for Sustainable Development ;cooperation is currently conducted through "Integration of Global Environmental Issues in National Plans and Policies project " funded by Global Environment Facility "GEF" and UNDP to start preparation of a national strategy for sustainable development through raising awareness activities and capacity-building which would contribute in the preparation of a national strategy for sustainable development in a consultative manner with various agencies and relevant parties . MSEF in cooperation with EU implement additional activities to engage local communities and non-governmental organizations.

This meeting comes after Climate Change Summit held last week in New York City through which world leaders tried to agree on the political will that shall combat climate change before convening Contracting Parties meeting which is expected to be held in Copenhagen next December. World leaders agreed on that response to climate change must be placed in the framework of a global trend for sustainable development providing that States must reduce their emissions; and developed countries' operational plans must be aligned with their priorities for achieving sustainable development.

Discussions focused on mitigation issues, which may lead to effectively control climate change with the need to pay attention for adaptation measures, which is with great importance, especially as climate change will directly affect other fields such as biodiversity, food security, agriculture, industry , coastal areas and water resources which will directly lead to further economic disaster.


Concluding activities of the Twelfth Annual Conference of Natural Protectorates held in Sharm El-Sheikh.


The twelfth annual conference of Natural Protectorates under the title "Natural Protectorates' Action Plan to achieve Goals and Objectives of Biological Diversity Convention 2010," was held in Sharm Al-Sheikh for 6 days in the Training Center of Natural Protectorates , under the auspices of Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs ;the convention aims to reduce loss rate of biological diversity, which includes all botanical ,wild and marine environment.
The conference addressed issues of developing Natural Protectorates , discussing annual plans , methods of tackling obstacles that prevent Egypt from fulfilling its international commitments with Convention's objectives , analyze level of technical performance in protected areas network ;in addition to analyzing technical performance of projects concerned with nature protection, discussing future plans of adding new protectorates to the current map of protected areas ,reviewing some successful models in the field of nature protection , taking care of local population and methods of enhancing their cooperation and participation in nature preservation and protection.

More than 60 experts from nature protection field and local media participated in this conference, in addition to international experts from biological diversity field; the conference concluded its activities with a field tour in St. Catherine to be acquainted with its pilot projects to identify ways of benefiting from them.

It is worth to mention that Egypt is one from the first countries that signed Biological Diversity Convention in 1992 and had prepared and implemented a national strategy and action plan of biological diversity.


Ministry of Environment signed cooperation protocol with the National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, to monitor Northern Lakes.

Egyptian Environmental Affairs agency signed a protocol with the National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries to implement periodic monitoring program for Northern lakes to provide information and data necessary to implement Lakes' Integrated Environmental Management Program.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs declared that this program aims to establish a database about status of Egyptian lakes and wetlands , as well as compilation of previous studies that were conducted on Northern Lakes "Burullus, Bardawil, Manzala, Edko, Mariout" to determine reasons of change in their environment and relationship with prevailing conditions .The protocol aims to develop a new map for each lake identifying different environmental conditions affecting them.

It was agreed to collect seasonal samples of water and sediments "four times per year" from fixed locations determined according to its area and sources of pollution, carrying a comprehensive survey for the environmental status in each lake to determine its levels of pollution and analyzing its water quality and sediments.

Minister of Environment clarified that an annual documented report with necessary maps and photographs will be prepared including the scientific explanation for the obtained tests results and linking them with sources of pollution; accordingly classifying lakes through the development of indicators for water quality and lakes sediments, development of an integrated proposal for the procedures required to be implemented in case of increasing rates of pollution.


Minister of Environment carried a sudden tour to inspect workshops manufacturing ships along Nile River.

In cooperation with Police Environment General Directorate, Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs launched a campaign to inspect establishments overlooking Nile River to see how they apply environmental conditions and to ensure that they do not contaminate River Nile.

Groups of inspectors from EEAA accompanied by troops and large number of launches from Police Environment General Directorate carried out the inspection of southern establishments on the rim of River Nile located in Helwan and 6th October governorates.

The campaign seized Sugar and Integrated Industries Company while discharging wastes on River Nile, launches' fuelling station and some Ships' workshops for leaking oil on River Nile. As a result Minister of Environment urged the need to evacuate them and decided to take legal actions towards offenders and transferring them to public prosecution.

The day before yesterday Minister of Environment held meetings with leaders of environmental action to follow up exerted efforts in different sectors to face all forms of River Nile pollution. He listened to the explanation on different sources of polluting establishments discharging on the river, directly or indirectly over the course of the river.



Ministry of Environment approves 8 new projects

The National Committee for Clean Development Mechanism, held the twelfth meeting at the Cultural, environmental, educational Center (Cairo house) affiliated to Ministry of Environment, chaired by Engineer Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs and attended by representatives of competent ministries, including petroleum and investment ministries in addition to Tiben Institute in order to issue letters of approval for 8 projects, including generating power using biological waste and generating biogas from the treated sewage water as well as using it to generate heat.

The projects also include the use of liquefied carbon dioxide with capacity of 2.5 tons / hour in manufacturing urea fertilizers, as well as the expansion of coke gas instead of diesel at stoves and fuel switching from mazot to natural gas.

During the meeting the minister issued final approval for 3 projects including the establishment of wind farm capacity of 85 MW at elzafarana (New and Renewable Energy Authority) and the fuel switching of the national cement company and reducing proportion of clinker in production of mixed cement .

These projects will achieve an annual reduction for carbon dioxide equivalent of 693200 tons; it is worth mentioning that the National Commission is composed of the Bureau and the Council for the clean development mechanism.


Intensive campaign from the ministry of environment on downtown's cafes


The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs in cooperation with environment police has launched intensive campaign in a major downtown streets (Elsharifin street – sabry abu alam – elkadi elfadel ), these streets had been announced by the Governorate of Cairo as for pedestrians only, and a park ,it was also decorated with many trees and ornamental plants, but some people used it as cafes putting many desks and chairs, in addition to smoking shisha, which caused the pollution of the surrounding environment .
The campaign resulted in the seizure of 8 cafes for smoking shisha working without a license from the administrative authority .This campaign has targeted one of the famous cafeterias at Abu Feda Street in Zamalek, it was found that there is no allocation of places for smokers and smoking in closed areas .

Legal proceedings have been taken towards the owners of these cafes in addition to the administrative actions are currently undertaken against them.


Egypt participates in the Regional Forum for hazardous wastes disposal in the Arab region, in Jordan

A delegation from the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs participated in the activities of the Regional Forum on Hazardous Wastes in the Arab region, in the Jordanian capital Amman, which was organized by the Technical Secretariat of Basel Convention on the control of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes.

Egypt participated in the activities of the Forum with a working paper about the Egyptian control mechanisms of the transboundary movement of hazardous wastes. The Regional Forum attended by Arab States (Morocco, Tunisia, Sudan, UAE, Palestine, Bahrain, Yemen).

The Forum addressed several topics including the draft of the Arab strategy for controlling illegal smuggle of hazardous wastes and controlling the exercises of the States in the region in addition to the effective implementation of Basel Convention on the national level and methods of hazardous waste inventory.

It is Worthy to mention that Basel Convention aims at controlling of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes, as well as assisting developing countries at hazardous wastes management and final disposal and safe environment in addition to reducing the rates of waste generation.


George: The necessity of cooperation among Mediterranean States to develop a regional plan to address effects of climate change... finalizing National Strategy for the integrated management of coastal zones in Egypt during the next two months.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, in his speech delivered by Dr. Mawaheb Abou El-Azm at the seminar organized by Alexandria Chamber of Commerce under the title "Selected Environmental Issues in the Mediterranean Region ". He assured that Ministry of Environment has realized progress in preparing the National Strategy for the integrated management of coastal Zones in Egypt which is expected to be finalized during the next two months due to the government believe with the importance of preserving marine environment from threatening risks .

It was attended by Maltese Minister of Environment, Eng. Mohammed Rashid, Minister of Industry , Major General Adel Labib, Governor of Alexandria, Professor Ahmed El-Wakil ,Chairman of Alexandria Chamber of Commerce in addition to environmental and economy experts from the Mediterranean region .This indicates the importance of partnership between environment and economy to solve environmental issues

George highlighted the importance for the Mediterranean countries to develop a regional plan to address effects of climate change on the region include the establishment of excellence centers in fields of research and exploration to be linked with networks to exchange experiences and disseminate best practices on issue of adaptation between countries of the region and to work on capacity-building and technology transfer from north to south sates of the Mediterranean region .

George pointed that since 1998 and till now Ministry of Environment in collaboration with Alexandria University implemented the National Costal water Environmental Monitoring Program, and its latest results indicated significant improvement in coastal water quality and reduction in levels of chemical and bacteriological pollution in marine environment as a result of exerted efforts to expand in the construction of sewage treatment plants and stopping discharge of industrial wastes to the sea.

The minister referred to that adoption of costal zone management concepts has been conducted since 1980s which has been focused on two main objectives , following modern scientific methods in supporting decision-making and adoption of sustainable development principals in all programs and projects carried out in coastal zones .

It is worth to mention that in November 2006 Egypt had hosted the 3rd Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference on Environment. Its main topic was ( Horizon 2020 Initiative ) to de-pollute Mediterranean Sea from pollution .A Ministerial Declaration issued by the conference under the title (Cairo Declaration) including a common vision of Euro-Mediterranean Ministers of Environment ,expressing the growing interest in environmental issues in the region.

To face negative impacts of climate change Egypt has ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Kyoto Protocol , establishment of the Designated National Authority for Clean Development Mechanism DNA and the National Committee for Climate Change; as well as Egypt has prepared a portfolio of CDM projects where there are 36 projects have been approved. These projects are considered as a source for attracting foreign investments, providing employment opportunities and contributing in the implementation of sustainable development plans in Egypt.

The Mediterranean region is of vital strategic importance for European Union and North Africa on both political and economical terms .The area had exposed to human intervention for millennia and faces many challenges that affect the quality of current and future life if they are not addressed.


George meets the delegation of Economic Japanese hotel group to promote eco-tourism in Egypt

Engineer Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs Received Mr. Toshio Mutua chairman of the Economic Japanese hotel group and his accompanying delegation from businessmen to participate in promoting tourism in Egypt, through a periodical magazine issued by the group in 2009 which is considered the "tourism promotion year" in Egypt. During this meeting both sides reviewed the most important pivots of eco-tourism sites in Egypt, including partnership, local community and nature conservation in order to reach sustainable environmental tourism.

During the meeting, both sides reviewed the most important eco-tourism activities in Egypt including diving and marine sports, whereas Egypt receives more than 2 million visitors each year for exercising those activities like mountaineering (in Moses and St. Catherine mountains) and safari tourism. Watching birds is considered one of the most important eco-tourism activities in Egypt, where Egypt is located in the path of migratory birds, more than 470 migratory bird species have been recorded so far in addition to medical tourism (the burial in the sand), such as the oasis of Siwa, sulfur springs and Nile cruise in Cairo to Aswan .

George explained that the ministry has prepared information material about eco-tourism in Egypt through natural protectorates, and the Chairman of the Group has been informed by this material to be included in the magazine for advertising for the eco-tourism and medical tourism in Egypt.

The Ministry of Environment has prepared some tourism projects in protected areas to be funded by the major Japanese companies, but these projects will not be incompatible with state ownership of protectorates as well as supervisory of the Ministry over it , in order to make use of the potential of these protectorates .

It is worth mentioning that Egypt has natural resources and rich biodiversity, where the natural protectorates amounting 27 protectorates and covering 15% of the Arab Republic of Egypt and it is expected that this percentage will increase to 20% in 2017 according to the National Strategy for the Nature Protection.


The Ministry of environment organizes special exhibition for a heritable crafts for the second year consecutively for inhabitants of Elba Mountain.

The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs organized special exhibition for heritable crafts for inhabitants of Elba Mountain south of red sea in cooperation with the Center for Documentation of the cultural and natural heritage affiliated to Bibliotheca Alexandrina for the second year consecutively, this exhibition came in the light of the ministry's celebration of World Environment Day 2009.

Noteworthy that , Cultural heritage with its visual forms(monuments)and non- visual forms(customs and traditions) is considered the basis of human development through the ages, which is closely related to the natural heritage and reflects rich biological diversity of peoples.

In the context of developing Elba mountain area and paying attention to local people, Engineer Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs declared the project of signing a protocol of cooperation between the Center for Documentation of the cultural and natural heritage , Elba mountain protectorate and Association of Developing Red Sea protectorates, which aims to provide technical support and training of local residents and researchers of Elba mountain protectorate for documentation and preservation of cultural and natural heritage, such as customs, traditions, and natural resources of the region, as well as to support and encourage the marketing of craft products , provide more jobs for local residents.

The Minister assured, this exhibition includes a special show of the handcraft, which produced by local residents with support of the Ministry of the Environment , the Red Sea governorate and Association of Developing Red Sea protectorates, it includes also a special show of the popular folklore and popular dances of Red Sea tribes and an exhibition of traditional paintings, especially paintings of Abulhasan Dkrony which tells the culture of the society and the surrounding environment.

Noteworthy that Elba mountain is Natural protectorate which is located in the southeastern part of the Eastern Desert and its mountains located on the joint border between Egypt and Sudan on the Red Sea and includes a number of distinguished environmental models, including Shura forest and Mangrove in the coastal ranges, and limited areas of coastal sand dunes which is covered by grass and coastal saline land as well as the coastal desert line , costal mountains and hills surrounding it, which includes oases of fog, in addition to the majority of endangered fauna ,flora and reptiles species and wild medicinal plants .


Ministry of environment: The generation of electrical energy from municipal waste

within the framework of the efforts of The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs for the safe disposal of solid waste for protecting the environment and public health ,the Ministry holds several meetings with Singaporean delegation from the Ministry of Environment and Water, to review their experience in the field of disposal of non-recyclable or non-recoverable waste and developing terms of reference for the scientific selection of incinerators for this type of waste. It is Noteworthy that Singapore owns five central stations for the disposal of solid waste generating power up to 1.2 megawatts.

Engineer Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs assured that a study is underway to establish centralized incineration units for the final disposal of non-recyclable or non-recoverable waste, and the production of electrical energy of up to 200 megawatts that could be employed in serving the national economy.

The Minister of Environment explained that the Ministry is preparing the necessary environmental studies to select the environmentally safe technology with economic feasibility, which can be used in future, especially in the governorates with no hinterland desert . These stations are equipped for receiving waste , recycling and sanitary landfill for safe disposal of remained ashes from incineration with reduction of hazardous emissions like dioxin and furan.

Noteworthy that the Ministry of Environment gives much importance for implementing the national strategy for getting rid of this environmental problem and eliminating it, which is reflected on the environment and public health


Ministry of Environment: The completion of coral reefs monitoring programme for the seventh year in the North of Hurghada to the south of Wadi Elgemal protectorate

The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs in cooperation with the Monitoring & Research Unit of Red Sea natural protectorate have successfully completed the monitoring program of coral reefs for the seventh year by re-photographing of 71 sites in 17 regions at the north of Hurghada and the south of Wadi Elgemal protectorate.

The minister referred also to the completion of the monitoring program of turtles by monitoring 1605 old nests and 719 new nests in addition to the monitoring of 6 modern turtles and numbering 15 new turtles with total amount of 74 turtles have been numbered.

George added that 54 species of birds have been monitored during the migration season of northern islands among which 500 - 2000 birds of the white stork in addition to monitoring 238 nests of white gulls , 426 of hook birds ,22 grey herons in addition to monitoring the number of deer, reptiles and wild plants in Wadi Elgemal protectorate as well as photographing of nearly 180 dolphins from Samaday area.


Egyptian Singaporean cooperation in the field of solid waste management ...George: The possibility of generating electricity from waste

A Singaporean delegation is currently visiting Egypt to discuss aspects of cooperation in the field of solid waste management, as part of the efforts of the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs for sound municipal solid waste management in cooperation with all ministries and governorates , through the exchange of experiences at the regional and global level.

Engineer Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs assured that this visit aimed at establishment of an integrated incineration unit for safe disposal of waste and to generate electricity from waste that can serve some governorates that need a source of electricity at the present time with affordable prices with full commitment to emissions treatment to be compatible for values of Environmental Law No. 4 of 1994.

Engineer Maged George, referred to the leading experience for State of Singapore in solid waste management through the integrated system of private sector under the supervision of Singaporean National Environment Agency .The main objectives of this system is the total disposal of such waste in the incinerators and the use of heat resulting from electric power generating up to 120 megawatts. The price of this incinerator amounts to U.S. $ 600 million, which leads to the absence of an environmental problem resulting from generating this type of waste.

George added that this type of technology used at the central level to reduce the resulting pollutants, with a focus on recycling of solid waste as a pivotal point in the system to make use of it and then the final disposal of waste with no added value, all this contributes to the reduction of the environmental problem of solid waste in Egypt.


George: Establishing new environmentally compatible production lines for Suez Company for fertilizers.


Engineer Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs assured that the Ministry has issued approval of new expansions to Suez Company for fertilizers to establish new production lines for sulfuric acid production unit with German technology which applies the latest technology and industry standards for environmental conservation with total production capacity of 425000 tons per year.

George explained that the company also established a production unit for Aluminum sulphate fertilizer production unit and bilateral calcium phosphate, which is produced for the first time in Egypt, with a total number of 104 workers, the company aims to provide fertilizers to satisfy the needs of the domestic market and export the surplus abroad.

The minister added that the plant is adopting modern technology to reduce emissions using a closed-circuit system and recycling of industrial process gases within the industrial operation using natural gas as fuel instead of diesel as a clean energy, and the company is located in sector 1 at the northwest of Suez Gulf, at Ein Sokhna industrial zone covers an area of 219000 square meters, and the company's capital amounts to 300 million pounds.

It is noteworthy that the Suez Company for manufacturing of fertilizers is an Egyptian joint stock company founded in 2002, under the Law of Investment Guarantees and Incentives No. 8 of 1997,it has obtained the approval of EEAA in 2003 after amending the name of company from the financial and industrial company for producing fertilizers into the Suez company for manufacturing fertilizers


George: Egypt wins the prize of valuable and the effective participation in the implementation of Strategic Approach of International Management of Chemicals.

Egypt wins the Bronze Award from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in Geneva on May 2009, in view of their valuable and effective efforts in the implementation of the Strategic approach for the management of chemicals on the national, Arab and international level.

Engineer Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs stated that Egypt has chaired the International Panel of the Political Declaration of the Strategic approach represented in his Excellency at the first meeting in Dubai 2006, Egypt also submitted three working papers in the second meeting in Geneva 2009, which indicated the progress achieved in implementing the Strategic approach on the national and Arab level, in addition to Egypt's point of view in all issues under discussion, including the most important issues concerning the management of chemicals , illicit trafficking of chemicals and the relationship between strategic approach and the relevant environmental conventions.

Dr. Tarek Eid representative of Egypt by the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs has discussed these papers in addition to representing Arab countries in delivering the high level Arab Declaration. The papers presented by Egypt agreed upon by all countries attending the meeting which recommends benefiting from it in the implementation of management of chemical waste strategy.

It should be noted that Mr. Achim stiener Director of the United Nations Environment Program has praised the role of Egypt on the Arab and international level in the implementation of strategic approach and efforts in the environmental conservation in all fields, especially in the management of chemicals.



George: a leading experiment for the first time in Egypt ... The participation of Cairo University's students and the Ministry of Environment in collecting fluorescent bulbs.

The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs in cooperation with the Korean project of managing Mercury waste organized workshop entitled "Integrated management of mercury waste," in coordination with the Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University, where students have participated voluntary for collecting fluorescent bulbs existing within faculty's departments and laboratories , where total inventory has been conducted to identify used quantities annually with the participation of the Ministry of Environment.

Eng Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, emphasized that this voluntary activity for Faculty of Agriculture's students is the first of its kind in Egypt, which reflects the young people's awareness of the importance of people's participation in protecting their environment and reduce pollution .
George expressed his hope that this unique experience should be extended allover Egyptian universities, as well as all groups in society so as to reduce the risk of Mercury substance existing in fluorescent bulbs on human health and environment .

Engineer Li Chanju the Manager of Korean mercury waste management Project also praised the volunteer activities of students, which is the pioneering initiative of students from the Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University in the field of environmental action, and also praised the efforts of the Ministry of the Environment in solving environmental problems and raise the environmental awareness among society in addition to the importance of community participation in solving environmental problems .






George: Ministry of Environment carried out leading experiment for waste recycling in Beheira


Eng Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs announced the ministry support for establishing EM factory of organic fertilizer at Sidi Ghazi area at Kafr Al-Dawar town in Elberhira Governorate. This leading experiment can be applied in energy recycling, the ministry bears 45% of the cost of using this substance and the factory bears the rest of 55%.

In the light of this project, a Protocol of cooperation was signed between EEAA and the factory in Kafr Al-Dawar town at Elbehira governorate where the factory recycles garbage and turns it into organic fertilizer (Compost).


The production capacity of this factory is 28800 tons of garbage annually to be turned into 18000 tones annually of organic fertilizer (Compost), George also gave his directives to EM team work of the ministry to support recycling industry in Beheira.

It is noteworthy that this experience can be extended to areas of garbage collection to achieve safe disposal of solid waste and garbage, especially after getting rid of pigs and the accumulation of garbage, which would provide many job opportunities and provides one of the most important agricultural inputs (organic fertilizer) with uncompetitive price which achieves improvement of Environment quality in Egypt.



George: supporting "Green Industry" initiative and strengthen cleaner production principle to achieve sustainable development

Engineer Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental affairs inaugurates green industry Initiative conference with the attendance of representatives of States and United Nations organizations , ambassadors of the State of Switzerland and Austria in addition to representatives of the concerned ministries . The aim of the conference is to promote green industry approach , a low-carbon economy through a presentation of biological cultivation methods , use of environment-friendly products , applying cleaner production approach in industry , recycling of wastes , production of new and renewable energy solutions as the ideal solutions with economic and environmental benefits, which achieves sustainable development, and keeps balance between development requirements on one hand, and conserve natural resources on the other hand.

George declared in his opining speech at the conference that industry has become the main player of human development in all countries but at the same time it is the main cause of pollution and ecological imbalance because of harmful pollutants during the stages of production, as well as during the lifetime of the product, so it was necessary to change global trends towards the green industry and a low-carbon economy as well as using new and renewable sources of energy such as wind , solar energy , electricity generation from waste , the use of chemical alternatives of environmentally-friendly ,biological cultivation ,developing crops resistant to climatic change to achieve balance between the requirements and outputs and the ability of nature to rebuild .

The minister added that the Ministry is implementing programs that supports environmental status of the Egyptian industry, raise the efficiency of workers, strengthen cleaner production principle such as Egyptian pollution abatement project (EPAP)funded by several foreign organizations like World Bank, European Investment Bank , the Finnish Government , the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, and the French Development Agency with investments amounted about one billion pounds. There is also the public and private sector programme funded by the Egyptian Environmental Protection Fund and the German Development Bank .

It is noteworthy that the Ministry is supporting many projects like recycling of solid and agricultural waste for energy production on the level of public and private sectors.


Ministry of Environment: capturing 3 live crocodiles and issuing of 40 environmental violations in Red Sea protectorates


Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs in cooperation with the Environment police has captured 3 live crocodiles and issued 40 environmental violations in Northern Red sea protectorates, during their periodical inspection on these protectorates.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, assured that this regular inspection enables the ministry to follow up the activity of 19 petroleum companies , 19 tourist villages ,and number of resorts in red sea area in the light of their efforts to reach the environmental compliance.

The Minister refereed to the completion of follow up activities on tourist facilities in the northern islands in cooperation with Red Sea Governorate and the beginning of coast line survey with the assistance of Geographic Information Systems Unit(GIS) of Northern islands protectorates, to develop a recent map of the area and to identify changes that have occurred in recent time and to predict the probable violations that may occur in this region whether in fishing or coral reefs violation .

It is noteworthy that 16 pending cases in court have been followed up in Hurghada court including fishing violations, coast infringements.


George delivers his speech in front of the Extraordinary Meeting for Environment Arab Ministers

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs 's praised in his speech delivered in front of the Extraordinary Meeting for Environment Arab Ministers from 24 – 25 May 2009 , adoption of recommendations issued by Council of Environment Arab Ministers , inclusion of Kuwait Declaration , highlight importance of taking necessary actions to preserve environment , natural resources and their optimal use for the achievement of sustainable development ; in addition to considering environment preservation a cornerstone in all economical and social development areas to improve citizens' life quality and to reduce impact of climate change , by the Economical and Social Development Arab Summit .
He assured that duties issued by the Economical and Social Arab Summit held in Kuwait is a great enhancement for Arab action in the environmental field , which highlighted the necessity of activating Arab Ministerial Declaration on Climate Change, building and strengthening capacities to reduce risks of disasters and emergencies, development of frameworks , legislations and policies to protect Arab environment and application of integrated waste management; in addition to strengthen Arab institutions' role concerned with environment, including Arab Environmental Facility, encourage non-governmental organizations , media to educate citizens and decision makers about various environmental issues.
Arab Framework Plan for Climate Change which was based on the Arab Ministerial Declaration on Climate Change assured the importance of adaptation actions in the region to reduce sensitivity of various sectors to climate changes especially vulnerable sectors such as agriculture and water resources sectors, which are the cornerstone of achieving food security.
Egyptian Minister of Environment refers to the importance of activating coordination mechanism among Arab Agencies concerned with disasters and emergencies ; as well as taking executive actions to implement the mechanism in its three phases (before disaster occurrence , disaster invasion , after disaster occurrence) which considered to be one of the most important requirements in this area, that cope with Hyogo Action Plan, emphasizes that reduction of risk disaster is of national and regional priority that will lead to the exchange of accumulated experiences and information in some countries, promote integration of risk disaster considerations into sustainable development policies and achievement of effective participation of concerned organizations.
He added that "Legislative Guide in Arabic language and outputs of the Environmental legislative Study in Arab States were issued ; as well as stressing the necessity of finalizing work of the open-ended committee to develop a legal framework for investment in environmental projects" .
At the end of his speech he urged Arab States to prepare for the Commission on Sustainable Development at its fifty-eighth session of 2010 with respect to sustainable consumption and production, as Egypt participates with the United Nations Environment Program in the preparation for Sustainable Consumption and Production Plane in Cairo including areas of solid and industrial wastes , transportation and slum areas ; as well as to implement a pilot project within the framework of African efforts to achieve sustainable production and consumption.


15-year prison sentence on the accused in the case of hazardous medical wastes

Cairo Criminal Court chaired by Judge Elsayed Elgohary issued 15-year prison sentence on the accused in the illegal smuggle of the medical hazardous waste from Cairo University hospitals where both Ibrahim Ramadan Abdel Salam Hassanain (known as Ibrahim Mikha), Ramadan Abdel Salam Hassanain were sentenced for 15 years imprisonment and a fine of 40 thousand pounds with expenses and to be referred to the specialized court to judge the appropriate compensation required.

Ministry of Environment in cooperation with the General Directorate of Security Investigation of Giza have seized one of the accused in cases of illegal smuggle of medical hazardous waste after he ran a way for 4 months, who collected these hazardous wastes and used it in plastic tools and toys which threatens people's health .

It is noteworthy that the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with environment police have seized 2 stores of medical wastes in Batn Elbakar area , which amounted about 16 tons, in addition to seizing 2 stores and one truck containing 17 tons of medical waste of Cairo University hospital.


George: 97 million Egyptian pounds to support 151 villages in six governorates through the Ministry of Environment plan to support the most needy villages


Eng Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs stated that the Ministry has implemented a plan to support the most needy villages amounted 151 villages in six governorates like Elsharquia, Elbehera , Elmenya ,Assiut, Sohag and Qena, with a total value of about 97 million pounds, including the cleanliness equipments for solid waste management system and establishing 8 landfills , in addition to 8 intermediate stations for collecting waste.

He explained that this plan consists of several axes like the preparation of an integrated system for solid waste management, providing cleanliness equipments, establishment of sanitary landfills and stations for collecting waste, as well as raising the efficiency of some solid waste recycling factories that already exist and promoting environmental awareness to these villages through the implementation of a number of 203 environmental awareness seminars.

George added that the ministry has provided a number of about 40.000 fruitful trees and distributed it on these villages, in addition to distributing tractors and water tanks for irrigation .The ministry also have handed over equipments to the villages, estimated with 31.4 million pounds, includes a number of 160 tractors , 189 trailers , 61 car with capacity 5 tons as well as the number of 16035 mulberry trees.

It is noteworthy that the ministry has chosen one of the consultancy offices to develop a modal design of the sanitary landfill and stations for collecting wastes in addition to training employees who will be responsible for managing these sites.


Ministry of Environment: an extensive campaign to monitor the environmental violations in the Lake of Manzala

Engineer Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs issued his directives to launch an extensive campaign by the Ministry of Environment on Lake of Manzala in cooperation with a number of concerned forces, including the National Security Forces , Public Investigations , Environment police , Central security forces and General Authority for developing fish resources, in the framework of protecting water surfaces against environmental degradation .

H.E declared that this campaign has been equipped with 8 drillers and 5 launches to be used in monitoring environmental violations . The campaign has removed number of 3000 acre as infringements of the lake, like the removal of 257 a wooden booth and number of 3 houses, in addition to issuing 10 police record for liquid waste disposal on the lake.

The minister stressed that the continuation of such campaigns will have a good environmental impact on the quality of the lake water, as indicated by the results of the analysis of samples taken during the campaign in the districts of Allasah, Elkhalt , and Bahr Elbakr, there is a remarkable improvement in water quality.

Noteworthy that Ashtoum Elgamil area has been declared as a natural protectorate, which is the northwestern corner of Lake Manzala , it includes New and old bogazi Elgamil, the archaeological Tines Island.
Whereas Lake Manzala located in the migration route for birds , it hosts 224 thousand birds annually, in addition to the green landscape that covers it , it is also distinguished by medicinal plants, and it is considered one of the most important sources of fish in Egypt, both salt-water fish or fresh water fish


Intensive efforts by the Ministry of Environment to contain oil spills at North of Hurghada ..... The discovery of large quantities of crude oil on the beach along with 1km


Engineer Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs gave his orders to form a committee of environmental rangers from red sea protectorates affiliated to the Ministry of Environment to inspect the pollution resulting from oil spills at north of Hurghada Upon receipt of report sent by the Office of the northern islands protectorates from "Red Sea Zone," company for marine Games informing them about the existence of crude oil on the beach.

The committee moved immediately to the northern coastal region of Hurghada, where they met company officials to inspect the beach and they found large quantities of crude oil in the form of small pieces along the beach and the nearby beaches more than one kilometer . Inspection revealed the contamination of mangrove plant in the region this affected greatly tourism in this area.


George also gave his directives to test samplings of oil by "fingerprint" system and take the proper legal procedures against the transgressor , the ministry communicated the General Petroleum Corporation authority to insure that petroleum companies operating in that area are intensifying efforts to prevent any leakage and immediately inform about these accidents at the moment of its occurrence , currently operations is underway to remove oil pollution under the auspices of natural protectorate sector of the region.


The Committee recommended the need for a radical solution for the protection of environmentally sensitive areas such as mangrove plant, as well as tourist beaches .


Joint cooperation between The Ministry of the Environment and ELWadi Elgedid Governorate in the field of EM applications.

Engineer Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs gave his orders to form a committee with membership of the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs and the Danish Aid Agency DANIDA to visit to ELWadi Elgedid Governorate to boost the ministry efforts to establish a large factory for recycling agricultural residue financed by Danish government , in addition to support the governorate with EM applications.

H.E announced that a protocol of cooperation between the Ministry of Environment and ELWadi Elgedid Governorate will soon be signed to establish advanced unit for EM applications in the field of recycling of agricultural residues and municipal wastes (garbage), in addition to the rehabilitation of desert lands and raising its production efficiency, which supports the Government's efforts of self-sufficiency from agricultural crops, especially the horizontal and vertical expansion.

Engineer Maged George has issued his directives to support ELWadi Elgedid Governorate which is one of the largest Governorates of the Republic - to cope with the environmental problems facing it like desertification, this came in the light of Ministry of Environment continued efforts to develop the environment, especially in border governorates.

It is noteworthy that EM is the project of producing beneficial microorganisms that protects the environment from pollution and it can be used in different sectors, including Environment, Agriculture , agro-residue recycling , sewage treatment and purification of water reservoirs at highest buildings and many other different areas.



George: Supporting Paper Mills and Fiber Board plants with Effective Micro Organism (EM) to improve air quality in Qena .


Upon directives of Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs to support paper mills and fiber board plants spread in Kos ,Deshna and Edfu in Qena Governorate with EM for the treatment of Bagas piles resulting from sugar industry spread in that region and getting rid of offensive odors ; by supporting these plants with about 50% from the total cost, which reach to about half million pounds annually, while the other 50% covered by plants.

George added that EM Project investigated complaints received from residents of Qena Governorate particularly Koss, Deshna and Edfu towns whom complained from deterioration of air quality as a result of storing large quantities of Bagas upon which production of paper and fiber board depend upon. EM project's team work in cooperation with plants' owners examined the problem and suggested the practical ways to get ride of offensive odors emitted from Bagas piles due to the wet method of its storage causing release of some hydrocarbons that cause sever waves of these odors led to the deterioration of air quality in Qena Governorate.

He pointed to the distinguished positive response from plants' owners to set practical solutions for this phenomenon which must be followed by different industrial enterprises in Egypt, especially after the infinite availability of environmental support opportunities through various funding mechanisms provided by Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs in order to improve environment quality and raise environmental awareness to achieve prosperity for Egyptian citizen.

It is worth to mention that Effective Micro Organism EM, is an environmental product produce beneficial micro organisms preserving environment from pollution, through multi-use products including environment, agriculture , agro-wastes recycling , treatment of waste water and purification of water reservoirs in buildings in addition to many other different fields .


Ministry of Environment participates in afforesting Egyptian Army Stadium in Burg Al-Arab to host the opining Ceremony of Youth World Cup (Egypt 2009).

Alexandria Branch's Nursery affiliated to Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs participated in afforesting the Egyptian Army Stadium in Burg Al-Arab; for hosting the opening ceremony of Youth World Cup (Egypt 2009), in cooperation with the operating management of the Army Stadium.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs assured that Ministry's participation in this work clarifies its interest with afforestation , cultivation of green landscapes due to their great and different health ,environmental and aesthetic effects.
He added that Alexandria Branch's Nursery affiliated to Ministry of Environment, which was established by self-efforts ,produces trees and shrubs in order to provide environment protection service through distribution of these trees to schools , various governmental entities and NGOs in the three governorates covered by Alexandria Branch as a contribution from Ministry of Environment.
George pointed that the Nursery has identified the required trees, and started in planting the Stadium with 500 different kinds of palm and ornamental trees.
It is worth to mention that Ministry of Environment has exerted many efforts in the field of afforestation and cultivation of green landscapes ;including the establishment of parks such as Peace Park in Sharm El-Sheikh , number of governmental or NGOs nurseries and cultivation of roofs and landscapes ;in addition to afforestation of some schools , universities, institutes and colleges, as well as cultivation of timber forests by using treated sewage water .


George inaugurates the international exhibition of gardens and landscape techniques, "Landscape".

Engineer Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs inaugurates the International exhibition of gardening and landscaping techniques , golf courses and recreation of gardens "Landscape" at Cairo International Conference Center, which will last for three days, and organized by Expo the operating company in the field of organizing the international specialized exhibitions.

The Minister of Environment stated that "This exhibition is an event for professionals in parks' industry which gathers the latest techniques in designing and construction of parks in addition to techniques of establishment of golf courses , requirements of swimming polls , garden's furniture as well as the engineering design of parks , resorts and residential cities

A number of investors , consultants, experts participated in this exhibition , and those working in establishing compounds and tourist villages, hotels, as well as the planner of public parks, sports clubs and city councils.


George: Ministry of the Environment is performing a leading experience For the cultivation of mushroom using rice straw in Alexandria Branch


Engineer Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, stated that the Ministry of the Environment is currently performing a leading experience for the cultivation of mushroom from rice straw, through a workshop organized by the Regional Committee for the women's unity in EEAA's Alexandria branch , entitled "The role of women in the rationalization of consumption,"
The rural women have been informed by the importance of recycling and disposal of rice straw in Environmentally sound manner and how to be used as fertilizer, feeding livestock and not burning it , which pollutes the environment in addition to the important economic and health status of the mushrooms.

George emphasized the implementation of this idea by training members of the Regional committee of Women's Unity in Alexandria, affiliated to the central department in collaboration with the Directorate of Agriculture .This idea is performed by self efforts of Committee members , where regional Nursery headquarter has been allocated for that purpose.

H.E explained that the Regional Committee for the women's unity affiliated to Alexandria branch is organizing several workshops and seminars for the environmental awareness of rural women and women working in the provinces of the western Delta region. Where different symposia discussing different kinds of pollution issues , the wrong attitudes in dealing with the environment and the need to rationalize consumption and pollution damage in the working environment, this is in relation to the Ministry policy and its concern of environmental awareness for women.


Strict judgments against doctors violating Environment Law .

Dirout Court sentenced a fine of Twenty-one thousand L.E. and imprisonment for one year suspended against five doctors owning private clinics for violating provisions of Environment Law with respect to the necessity of safe disposal for medical wastes. This judgment comes after Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs arrested number of violations from medical laboratories, clinics and private hospital varied between absence of licenses to handle medical wastes and their failure to dispose hazardous medical wastes safely according to requirements of Environment Law No. 4 / 94 .This effort was carried out in collaboration between EEAA and Department of Environmental Health affiliated to the Department of Health and Population and Police of Environment and Water Surfaces in Assiut Governorate to follow-up system of handling hazardous medical wastes in Al- Qusia City in Assiut Governorate .
Records were prepared about the case and transmitted to the competent prosecution which referred to the specialized court that issued the above mentioned sentence.
It is worth to mention that Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs exerted many efforts in conducting an integrated system for management of medical wastes, as it prepared an Indicative Guidelines for hazardous wastes system in general and medical wastes in particular in order to deal with this problem in a safe and secure method; in addition to issuing lists of hazardous wastes in cooperation with different concerned ministries.


Egypt won first rank for the best website in the field of environment and health (Bio Map Forums)

Egypt won the first rank globally for the best website in the field of environment and health (Bio Map Forums) ,through the World Summit Context for 2009. The site which was designed by Eng. Ahmad Saeed Allam, information systems specialist, Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs won the first rank in the context in which more than 100 countries and 600 projects were participated and evaluated by an international jury comprising 20 experts.
Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs assured that Bio Map Forums is the first online forum in the Middle East specialized in biodiversity to disseminate, exchange information and views on biodiversity's issues; as well as a direct mean of contact between Nature Protection Sector and all those interested and working in biological diversity in Egypt and the Arab world.
He added that the Forum has been activated on 6th November 2006, and comprises eight main sections including 42 Sub-forums. Main sections include the following main subject: general section, environmental and scientific issues, biodiversity, protected areas, environmental literary and recreational subjects, latest activities of Nature Protection Sector and administrative subject. The site contains news bar with the most important news of Nature Protection Sector and its projects; in addition to an encyclopedia of herbal medicine which contains more than 160 medical and aromatic plants supported with pictures of plants and their scientific classification and methods of use. The Forum sends a periodical e-mail bulletin to all members of the Forum with all new subjects published in the Forum during the month. Total numbers of Forum's visitors are about 2000 visitors per day; that is 60000 visitors per month.
George explained that the World Summit Award is a pioneer and unique initiative launched by the United Nations to promote electronic designs all over the world, for the development of information society and use of the Internet in creating necessary awareness for the Millennium Development Goals. The competition covers all aspects and sectors of electronic information community. Major international organizations and institutions specialized in internet field promoted for this award.

This award was launched from the Award Office of the International Center for New Media ICNM as a mean to introduce youth designers of technology and electronic content; in addition to contribute globally to reduce poverty , protect the environment and support youth.

The Award will be delivered to winners in Monterrey, Mexico during the Global Forum of the United Nations of Information, Communication and Development ICT. Winners will display their projects on governments and leader businessmen, representatives of civil society and the international community.


Transfer of two marine pollution accidents in Alexandria's port to public prosecution.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs issued his directives to transfer vessel ship to public prosecution after causing marine pollution in Alexandria port with an area of approximately 75 m2 .The operation room of West Delta province in Alexandria affiliated to Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs received a telephone signal from Police Station of Alexandria Marine Port about an oil spill near Gamarek pier no. 53 of Alexandria port.

A committee from Alexandria Branch affiliated to Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency investigated the situation and discovered clear signs of oily leakage between Gamarek piers no. 53 and a vessel ship on the same pier, the estimated area of contamination was about 75 m 2 of oily materials which were suspected to be heavy oils and diesel. Necessary samples of contaminated water were taken from the sea and the ship caused the incident. A record was edited after preparing the necessary technical report to transfer the accident to prosecution.

Personnel of Marine services who assigned to guard the ship reported that, they noticed the appearance of penetrating odor and spread of oily materials, after operating the screw propeller of the ship strongly.

Another incident was reported about marine pollution of approximately 100 m2 in Gamarek pier resulted in leakage of oily materials from vessel no. 876 on pier no1.

Upon directives of Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs an immediate investigation of the situation were carried out which revealed presence of oily spill from heavy oily residues and oil used in ships resulting from the entrance and departure of launches which lead to fix vessel body no. 876 with pier Gamarek no.1 in an inclined situation towards sea water which lead to the spill of large quantity of these oil causing marine pollution in the surrounding area. Person who was responsible about loading the vessel with oily wastes contributed in the occurrence of that accident due to his error of fully loading the ship with oily wastes. The necessary technical report has been prepared about the case and transferred to the prosecution.


On the occasion of International Day for Birds' Migration, Wadi El-Rayyan and Qaroun protectorates implemented environmental camps to monitor migratory birds.

Under the auspices of Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, environmental camps were implemented in Wadi El-Rayan and Qaroun protectorates on the occasion of International Day for Birds' Migrations.

George explained that these camps include some activities such as seminars about the importance of such birds, migration and risks facing them; as well as carrying out awareness campaigns and environmental competitions for children up to 18 years to raise their awareness ,which include drawing competitions judged locally to sent winning works to international contests , prizes ranging between 500, 450 and 300 L.E. ; in addition to competitions of writing a story , a research or drawing about migratory birds, risks and obstacles they face.

These camps aims to promote knowledge about natural protectorates in Egypt , increase environmental awareness , protection of biological diversity and the importance of food chain to maintain ecological balance .These environmental campaigns implemented through the National Project for the Protection of Soaring Migratory Birds through the second most important global route for birds' migration.

The project aims to integrate national conservation measures of soaring migratory birds within the targeted development sectors, as they face many risks represented in the destruction of natural environments that sometimes used by birds as stopover points for rest, provision of food or fresh water they need to fly these long-distances during migration trip.

Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria, Palestine, and Saudi Arabia participated in that regional project which applied through two phases ,the first phase include Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Djibouti .As the project mainly concerned with countries along the migration route for the protection of soaring birds during their seasonal migration in order to protect this important group of migratory birds , avoid their loss or exposing some of their species to danger of extinction.

It should be noted that the awareness campaign will continue till the end of May including El-Burullus protectorate in Kafir El-Sheikh, Ashtoum El- Gamil Protectorate in Port Said and Bardawil Lake in El-Areash .


Environment: The biggest marketing campaign for Sinai medical plants.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, declared on the conclusion of the first phase of marketing campaign for medical plants carried out by Ministry of Environment through St. Catherine Protectorate in cooperation with Medical Plants Conservation Project. The campaign was aiming to insure medical plants continuity, support and maximize their marketing value. The ministry in cooperation with the project developed more than 70 different products of medical plants such as mountain honey, medical herbs and plants in addition to soap extracted from natural herbs. He referred to the establishment of the Society of Medical Plants with membership of 265 individuals from local community representing 230 families, about 1150 persons are benefiting directly from services presented by the Society such as training of 62 Bedouin women on handicrafts which has contributed to provide 62 jobs opportunity and constitute a source for achieving income for their families.

He pointed out that the marketing campaign include the preparation of a catalog containing pictures of products as well as a manual about the production and design of medical plants which is used as a guide for the Society and trainees , development of a quality system for products and required steps for production including issuance of permits for the cultivation and collection of plants according to European Quality Standards, as well as licensing the Society as an industrial productive establishment and the establishment of an equipped warehouse for the storage of medical plants in accordance with international standards.

He added that a center was established for selling medical plants as well as carrying out an integrated marketing program in cooperation with St. Catherine tourism companies, hotels and surrounding areas to place that center on the map of tourist visits in St. Catherine. The center had received about 1500 tourists from different nationalities buying medical plants' products such as mountain honey which is the most famous product with its ability to increase immunity and prevention from diseases.

It should be noted that, for the first time in Egypt, St. Catherine's Protectorate was registered by the Mediterranean Center for Sustainable Agricultural Accreditation and Inspection in Italy as an area for the collection of organic plants which is considered to be an important step towards exportation of such plants to European Union's states. The Italian Center had also registered 6 farms owned and managed by Bedouin , 5 greenhouses for medical plants' cultivation and propagation , 4 greenhouses for dehydration of plants and the Medical Plants Society as an establishment for packing and packaging .


George: At the end of the Second Regional Forum of carbon For the Middle East and North Africa countries in Cairo


Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs assured in his speech at the end of the Second Regional Forum of carbon for the Middle East and North Africa, held in Cairo ,that Egypt celebration of carbon forum for North Africa and the Middle East region this year is one of the serious steps to highlight the progress that has been achieved in climate change negotiations for the continuity of the carbon market after 2012 and the participation of Middle East and North Africa countries in the global efforts to address climate change in addition to follow-up recent developments in the global carbon market.

George added that the Forum focused on the Clean Development Mechanism projects(CDM) , carbon market and obstacles of the application of the clean development mechanism in the Middle East and North Africa region, in addition to the recommendations that have been discussed during the forum to overcome these obstacles .In this regard the World Bank has conducted a study to assess and analyze the market potential of the clean development mechanism, which focused through the forum on the role of the energy sector in the Middle East and North Africa region.

H.E explained that the success of this important forum at the regional and international levels is strong evidence for our understanding of the issue of climate change and its impact on our natural and human resources now and in the future, and our ability to reduce greenhouse gases and the seriousness of our endeavor to cooperate with those who preceded us technologically and technically to find appropriate solutions for the implementation of projects under the umbrella of Clean Development Mechanism to provide the greatest possible reduction of the necessary quantities of carbon dioxide equivalent, which ensures at the same time contributing to the achievement of the objectives of sustainable development.


George called for the need to expand capacity-building to include new forms of projects such as the Clean Development Mechanism, as well as finding easier ways for project assessment. The Conference of parties asked the Global Executive Board of the clean development mechanism to facilitate the procedures for registration of projects and the adoption of mechanisms and procedures appropriate to developing countries and compatible with its developmental and economic potentials.


H.E also emphasized on the importance of capacity-building and management knowledge as a high priority to the Middle East and North Africa countries for achieving a greater number of projects in various sectors and to encourage investments in the clean development mechanism.

George referred to the efforts of World Bank to help developing countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, including the poverty alleviation, enabling the poor to participate in the development and the achievement of sustainable development , focus on building a climate for investment , provide job opportunities , addressing global climate change through the development of markets as an important element of concern to the World Bank in general ,and to ensure that developing countries are able to fully participate in a flexible and specific mechanisms under the Kyoto Protocol and in response to the heavy demands of the countries collaborating with the World Bank to build capacity at the national and local levels and to disseminate lessons learned from the carbon markets in commercial operations .





Ministry of Environment issued Guidelines for the safe disposal of dead pigs. Letters from George to governors recommending burying it in quicklime and allocating vehicles for transporting it.

The Ministry of State for the Environment issued Guidelines for the safe disposal of dead pigs and methods of collecting and transferring it, this came in the light of Ministry efforts to face swine flu.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs sent letters to governors who have pig farms in their governorates, these letters included guidelines for proper methods for dealing with dead pigs.

Guidelines included the safe disposal of dead pigs, the need for workers to wear protective clothes and the establishment of landfill site dedicated to dead pigs, with proper depths, in case of availability of depleted quarries these sites can be used to bury the dead pigs.

It also included the need for putting quantities of quicklime on the bed of landfill prior to putting dead pigs then covering it with quicklime and a quantity of sand or dust, In addition to the importance of availability of equipment necessary to cover the dead pigs to reduce the harmful impact to workers or the public health.

Concerning the methods of collecting and transporting pigs it emphasized the need to wear protective clothes during the collection and transport of dead pigs and it should be collected in plastic bags and tightly closed. There should be points allocated for dead pigs reported by citizens.

And there should be a supervisory authority from the governorate to observe the collection, transportation and disposal with the need to first inform the operating rooms with the quantities of dead pigs.


George: Egypt is hosting the Second Carbon Regional Forum For Middle East and North Africa Region.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, declared that Egypt has succeeded in attracting capital invested in CDM projects and carbon trading, which placed Egypt ,according to international bodies' reports concerned with this issue ,at the forefront rank of African and Arab States in that field , through range of laws encouraging investment , facilitate approval procedures for projects and the establishment of institutional structure necessary to manage and deal this kind of activity .

This was in the speech delivered by Dr. Mawaheb Abou El-Azm Chief Executive Officer of EEAA on behalf of H.E. Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, at the inauguration of Carbon Forum of North Africa and Middle East Region in Cairo from 6-7 May 2009 organized by Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs in coordination with Carbon Finance Assistance Program ( World Bank) and the French Agency for Development.

George explained that Egypt 's investment opportunities in CDM is promising, as energy sector is considered to be the largest sector contributing in emitting greenhouse gases .This sector depends mainly on sources of fossil fuel estimated with 95% in addition to sources of water energy; in light of restrictions imposed by the limited sources of traditional energy exposed to depletion and increasing rate of energy consumption by about 7.5% so it is the appropriate time to present strategic alternatives such as use of new and renewable energies and modern technology to improve energy efficiency.

He pointed that in 2007 Egyptian government agreed on a strategy for renewable energy in Egypt, aims to increasing proportion of electric energy generated from renewable energies to 20% by 2020 and is currently studying the establishment of an independent body responsible about improving energy efficiency in sectors of industry, electricity, oil, transport and housing.

George declared that by the end of 2008, 52 projects have been approved by National Committee of Clean Development Mechanism with total investments exceeding 1.2 milliard dollars, achieving an annual reduction of greenhouse gases of about 8 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.

George assured on the importance of cooperation between countries all over the world to achieve an actual ,effective and rapid reduction of greenhouse gases emissions which is considered to be the main cause of climate change and encourage private sector to invest in CDM projects .He praised World Bank's role in that field , both in terms of capacity-building activities , financing CDM projects and carbon trading .The bank has provided great assistance for Egypt in Clean Development Mechanism field as participated in financing two projects in waste recycling and reduction of methane emissions , one of these two projects has been internationally registered and the other is under the way of registration.

Forum witnessed participation of delegations from Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen ;in addition to national experts from relevant sectors of industry, energy, waste and forestry; representatives from various ministries and national banks in addition to number of Egyptian companies implementing or concerned with the implementation of CDM projects.

It should be noted that Carbon Finance Assistance Program designed to assist States of North Africa and Middle East Region in capacity-building of CDM's field, promotion of its projects and linking between investors and owners of projects through holding such kinds of seminars and forums.


Minister of Environment: 1000 L.E. for winner children in Bezra competition "My Beloved Environment" for the development of environmental awareness.

Eng. Maged George highlighted Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs' role to raise environmental awareness among children to bring up new generations aware with importance of environmental preservation and conservation of natural resources to achieve sustainable development. For that sake and to develop creative innovative spirit among Egyptian children, Bezra Program affiliate to Environmental Protection Fund organized a competition under the title (My Beloved Environment) among events planned by Ministry of Environment to celebrate World Environment Day 2009.
Minister of Environment clarified that the competition is divided into two parts: the first is the Artistic Competition for the best story ,drawing ( on paper 45x 30 cm) ,or work of art about environment by using raw materials such as (rural, desert ,or coastal materials ) . The second is the Scientific Competition about an environmental problem by presenting a scientific research about one of the following topics: Pollution of air, soil, water, noise, marine; as well as climate change, greenhouse gases, energy and methods of rationalizing its consumption. Eight prizes are allocated, two for each field with value of 1000 L.E for each in addition to certificate of appreciation for each winner from His Excellency Minister of Environment delivered to during Ministry's celebration to celebrate World Environment Day.

He added that children aging from 8-16 years are allowed to participate in only one competition by sending their works to Bezra Program at Environment Protection Fund no later than 25 May 2009.

It should be noted that Ministry of Environment is keen to increase number of participant children annually to become ambassadors of environmental awareness in all parts of Egypt. As the program is seeking to raise environmental knowledge and awareness, simplifying basic information on environment, clarify its concepts and problems; as well as developing children skills and talents to identify environmental problems and find their appropriate solutions with their participation and innovative thinking in solving environmental problems and motivation to improve, develop and protect their environment


George: Our objective to organize pig industry in the future and not phasing it out.


During his intensive meetings held with Ministry's senior officials to discuss issue of swine flu Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs assured that decision of slaughtering pigs does not mean prevention of its breeding in Egypt, but regulation of this industry in the future and prevention its unplanned and haphazard breeding, which pose threat to public health particularly citizens surrounding their breeding areas.
George said that Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs will take environmental conditions into account while selecting the new site for establishing pigs' farms. Areas where pigs will be raised should be under prevailing winds , away from residential areas with a distance of not less than 30 km, main roads, airports, ports , beaches, agricultural lands and waterways, wetlands , industrial areas, natural protected areas ,tourist areas rich with religious and cultural sites ; in addition to the availability of roads for easy entrance and exit from the site.

George assured that farms' owners will be strictly obligated to commit with legal environmental requirements in the new selected areas ; these requirements include the necessity of depending upon fodder not garbage for pigs' food by preventing transfer of garbage to new farms, usage of environmentally safe disinfectant only and prohibit usage of unsafe environmentally disinfectants such as formalin and its derivatives and phenolate. Provision of safe means for disposal of wastes and dead animals through equipped combustors committed with Egyptian specifications, safe disposal of remained ashes in official landfills. Disposal of organic wastes resulting from feeding pigs must be conducted safely by covering these wastes while transferring them within or outside the farm. Regulations include vaccination of all workers and animals in each farm against common diseases. Places for workers' overnight stays must be away from the farm, and attached to a chamber of veterinarian, .The farm must be well ventilated to get rid of offensive odors, provided with safe means to get rid of water resulting from washing pigs, and insure daily disposal of dung and straw. Requirements emphasized upon the importance of surrounding the area with a fence not less than 3 meters height as well as provided with adequate source of water and safe means of sewage .Proposed site must be appropriate for Farms' owners and nature of their work.


George: First meeting of Egyptian Program for Risk Management of Climate Changes

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, Spanish Ambassador in Cairo and Mr. James Rawle Resident Representative of the United Nations in Cairo, inaugurated the first meeting of Egyptian Program to manage risks of climate changes. Minister of Environment confirmed that Egyptian Government concerned with climate changes' issues , as it has been prepared a program to manage climate change risks in collaboration with international donors, such as United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), United Nations Educational, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) ; with the participation of Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, and Energy Supreme Council affiliated to Cabinet of Ministers.
George explained that Program of Climate Change Risk Management composed of four components aiming to support Energy Supreme Council's policy objectives with regard to energy efficiency projects. It include component of clean development mechanism which aims to promote and encourage use of revenue in addition to economic benefits of environmental projects, component of forecasting and integrated management of water resources which aims to study impact of climate change on River Nile through mathematical models, modern scientific basis, and component of agricultural sector adaptation to develop agricultural crops in Egypt.
He added that Egypt has estimated amount of greenhouse gases from various relevant sectors upon which Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs issued Procedures' National Plan of Climate Changes and the first National Communication Report in 1999; as well as preparing the second National Communication Report and Egyptian Strategy for Climate Changes; formation of National Committee for Clean Development Mechanism including representative from various ministries, agencies, and NGOs. Thus Egypt is located on the map of states implementing projects of Clean Development Mechanism which attracts investors in the field of carbon trading.

It should be noted that world faces critical climate changes resulting from unplanned human activities that reached to its peak during last ten years ,embodied in global warming and its resulting negative effects on public health and natural resources which led to the adoption of Framework Convention on Climate Changes by the United Nations during Earth Summit; as well as signing of Kyoto Protocol which commits developed countries to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases . This protocol was signed by Egypt in March 1999 and ratified in January 2005. Clean Development Mechanism CDM is one of three mechanisms adopted by international community in Kyoto Protocol, to reduce emissions causing climate changes, support developing countries in implementing development projects, such as improving energy efficiency's projects, use of renewable energy and reduction of emissions resulting from sectors of transport , industry and wastes .




George: The end of the second season of the environmental festival of Saint Catherine .

The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs celebrates in cooperation with UNDP, represented in the project of "conservation of medicinal plants" the end of the second season of the environmental festival of Saint Catherine .This festival was attended by head of St. Catherine city on behalf of the governor of South Sinai, and Mr. / Mounir Tabet Country Director for the UNEP, Dr. / Omar Abd Eldaim Manager of conservation of medicinal plants Project and a group of labor and local leaders and the South Sinai Governorate.

The Minister of Environment pointed out in a speech delivered by Dr / Mostafa Fouda head of Nature Protection department in the Ministry of the Environment that the number of participants of the competition is more than one thousand contestants and the competition includes the areas of painting, poetry and short story , and it continued for three months. The ministry has launched a campaign to raise environmental awareness in cooperation with the project of medicinal plants conservation, including all schools in St. Catherine to raise environmental awareness of school teachers and students, those students will raise environmental awareness within the tribes and families. There were also field visits to places of propagation of plants (greenhouses project), as well as places of agricultural of wild areas and ways to coserve it.

George praised the efforts of medicinal plants conservation project in local community development and raising environmental awareness in St. Catherine in order to ensure conservation and optimum use of the Egyptian medicinal plants, referring to the importance of partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNEP), which seek to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, which are most important to ensure the sustainability of the best use of the environment .

He explained that the celebration included honoring Sheikh Ahmed Mansour (the famous herbal therapeutic in South Sinai) and the participants of the competition as well as honoring the first graduates of herbal school (herbal therapeutic) that was established by the project and supervised by the Ministry of Environment.


Noteworthy that the traditional knowledge inherited through the Bedouin tribes for hundreds of years have been documented and recorded, which includes species of plants, characteristics and the effective methods to treat diseases and improve public health, in this regard experts in the field of pharmaceutical and alternative medicine and agriculture have been consulted to support the practical side of this traditional knowledge .


Environment: Support role of Environment NGOs to achieve sustainable development and preservation of natural resources.


In the presence of Mr. Ferry de Kirchoff ,Canadian Ambassador in Egypt, Mr. James Rawle, Resident Representative of the United Nations, and Dr. Mawaheb Abou El-Azm, Chief Executive Officer, EEAA. NGOs Unit affiliated to Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs organized a workshop under the title "Together for more effective NGOs ' role in environment protection , conservation of natural resources to achieve sustainable development", in cooperation with CINACT project concerned with supporting environmental work in the society and funded by the Canadian International Development Agency CIDA and Capacity-Building Project funded by Global Environment Facility GEF and implemented by United Nations Development Project UNDP.
Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs assured that the workshop aimed to lay bases of the relationship between NGOs Unit affiliated to Ministry of Environment and key relevant stakeholders at the national and regional levels to ensure implementation of Ministry's policy in supporting NGOs working in the environmental field ; in order to work efficiently and effectively through the introduction of NGOs Unit's vision and plan to support role of environmental NGOs in the next phase; as well as exchange of information and experiences among NGOs and key relevant stakeholders at the national and regional levels with regard to supporting NGOs activities in the environmental field during their implementation of environmental initiatives for their societies .

He added that this workshop is aiming to discuss roles and responsibilities of NGOs and key relevant stakeholders at all levels , identify necessary requirements to carry out these roles and responsibilities, agree on an annual framework plan for cooperation among key relevant stakeholders at all levels with NGOs unit to support Environmental NGOs; in addition to introducing concept of sustainable development and its importance, rehabilitation of national institutional framework to support and regulate role of NGOs interested in that field .Rehabilitate of these NGOs is aiming to include them in the preparation of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development which have been finalized since a year, and adopted by Cabinet of Ministers . As well as commence at the preparation of a databases and Geographical Information Systems of the geographical distribution of NGOs , their implemented activities and initiatives and their outcomes , recording best experiences and national initiatives undertaken by national NGOs to be published at different levels in order to replicate them in other places .

George pointed out that Ministry of Environment is currently working to convert NGOs Unit to a General Directorate in light of the intensifying importance of NGOs in environmental management to be able to communicate with Environmental NGOs in all governorates and relevant stakeholders ; in addition to activate and support Environmental NGOs role for cooperation at all levels to protect environment and ensure efficiency and effectiveness in working towards achieving environmental sound management and conservation of natural resources.

This workshop witnessed participation of Ministry of International Cooperation ,Ministry of Social Solidarity , Social Fund for Development , and senior officials from Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs , Mangers of Environmental Departments in governorates , NGOs Federations , and focal points who have been selected to coordinate with NGOs Unit on the central and regional levels .


George: The cultivation of 2400 rare and endangered flora species and medicinal plants in southern Sinai.

Eng Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs announced the inauguration of the second phase of the integrated system of rehabilitation and environmental reformation of medicinal plants in southern Sinai, through the project of conservation of medicinal plants in Saint Catherine protectorate affiliated to the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNEP) in order to conserve the genetic origins of wild medicinal plants with global importance.

Eng. Maged George assured planting 2400 rare and endangered flora species during the second phase, after cultivating 2400 plants in the first phase of the program which consists of three phases aimed at cultivation of 8000 endangered flora species. The project is cultivating and propagating these plants in equipped greenhouses so that it can be used to support the program.

George added that the project has implemented a program of rehabilitation and environmental reformation of flora species with global importance within 2 km2 of the selected sites suitable for the growth of these plants. In this regard a scientific committee compiled from environmental specialists and environmental researchers of St. Catherine protectorate shall implement an integrated environmental study for 27 environmental sites suitable for rehabilitation of these plants ,and 10 major sites have been selected as appropriate sites for rehabilitation and environmental reformation of that plants .These sites have been classified according to the priorities for implementation based on the most readily available sources of water and less vulnerable to risk, the study recommended the development of models to include these flora species on the list of international endangered species.

These plants are characterized by its medical value, it is endemic or it is threatened by natural conditions such as climate change or human intervention such as grazing and cutting plants for medical uses or as fuel.

It is worthy to mention that these species do not exist anywhere else in the world where it is endemic in St. Catherine, South Sinai. There is also a specialized team at medicinal plants at St. Catherine's protectorate responsible for following-up and monitoring the condition of these plants on regular basis to ensure normal growth. This program has offered many jobs to members of the local society where individuals take care of these plants.


Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the French University in Cairo...George: The preparation of a comprehensive media plan for the national project of collecting , harvesting and compressing of rice straw


The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs organizes media plan for collecting, harvesting and compressing rice straw instead of burning it , and using it in industrial and agriculture projects in Elsharquiah governorate on 2009 , this project shall implemented in coordination with Al-Nasr-Co.-For Services & Maintenance (Queen-Service)affiliated to the Defense Ministry and the French University in Cairo.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs stated that this campaign shall be propagandized in various mass media. The French University shall participate in the awareness campaign, which will take place in the Elsharquiah Governorate in the light of the national project for combating the burning of rice straw in collaboration with The Nile Centre for Information in Cairo.

George added that the university will cooperate with religious people and the Nile Centre for Information in Cairo to guide and inform farmers about the optimal use of rice straw and use it in the industry and the cultivation of mushrooms ,in that case rice straw will be transferred to the economic revenue . The French University in Cairo will organize a seminar attended by all relevant institutions , authorities , companies and factories that have a role in the economic benefits from rice straw.



Ministry Of Environment: Opening markets to display handicrafts produced by residents of Wadi El-Gemal Protected Area.


Within context of Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs' plan to support local residents of protected areas to maintain their heritage and cultural features in addition to increase their incomes and create employment opportunities, especially for women . Ministry of Environment organized number of workshops for local residents of Wadi El-Gemal Protected Area in El-Kalaan , Hamata and Abou Gosoun, Hafafit and Branis villages to be trained on methods of the production of handicrafts .

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, clarified that these workshops aims to inform local residents with the importance of adhering their cultural and historical heritage as well as their crafts to generate income and increase families' standard of living .He added that theses workshops include Ministry's training plan for the production of handicrafts in all protected areas , in addition to explaining different ways of producing ,displaying and marketing ; as well as amend local residents' concepts about tannage .

George confirmed that to insure sale, display, and circulation of such products coordinating with some hotels in south Hamat and Marsa Alam, with the participation of number of NGOs ,Cultural and Natural Heritage Center were carried out . Sales' outcomes from shops and bazaars reached to 12,249 pounds, and from nearby tourist villages to about 74,603 pounds, in addition to 4,766 from external exhibitions.


On the occasion of celebrating World Environment Day, George announces the greatest environmental competition


For the fifth consecutive year, Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs organizes its greatest environmental competition as one of the major environmental awareness and educational tools, to activate community participation and to ensure taking appropriate decisions for social and environmental conditions; as well as create trust among people and decision makers to ensure the rapid implementation and efficient access to target; in addition to activate environmental legislation laws.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, clarified that principle aims of this competition are to develop environmental awareness among various groups of the society, activate popular participation in the event organized by Ministry of Environment to celebrate World Environment Day which will be under the theme of "Your Planet Needs you ! Let us Unite to Fight Climate Change" which carry a message for all segments of the society to raise environmental awareness, publicize the most important environmental issues and problems in Egypt, develop a positive attitudes towards environment , urge citizens to participate in solving their problems ,create a generation aware with their environmental issues and problems .He also stressed upon the importance of expanding such kind of competitions every year .
Eng. Maged George said that Ministry of Environment publicize the competition through ministry's website and held coordination with different relevant bodies such as Ministry of Information to announce for the competition in all different kinds of media (press, radio and television) , Ministry of Education to ensure participation of Educational Departments from all governorates , State Information Service and National Center for Youth to promote for the competition through all Nile Information Centers located in governorates, heads of universities in order to ensure participation of students from different universities.

Ministry of Environment has allocated financial awards with value of 120.5 thousand pounds, divided into 100 awards (70 for adults and 30 for children) .Awards categorized into 3 levels. The first level include twenty awards each with 2000 pounds, the second level include twenty-five awards each with 1500 pounds, and the third level include twenty-five awards each with 1000 pounds; in addition to the distribution of 30 awards for children each with 600 pounds with total of 18000 pounds; as well as additional awards for the outstanding works in the environment field.

It is worth to mention that the most important requirements necessary to ensure success for any program in the environmental field and its protection are to strengthen public and governmental organizations' capacities to participate and interact positively with environmental issues and problems; therefore public participation is the most important element for the development and maintenance of environmental protection and conservation of its resources.


George: Enhance understanding; disseminate approaches and means to increase economic resilience to climate change.

In light of the ongoing negotiations concerning climate change that may lead to an agreement in Copenhagen Conference, that will be held by the end of this year.
Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs stated in his speech inaugurating workshop titled (Role of Economical Diversity in Adapting with Climate Change), that the second Egyptian National Communication will be finalized soon to issue a national strategy for climate change as there are important economic sectors significantly contribute in the national economy such as tourism, navigation through Suez Canal, oil and gas sectors. It is expected that these sectors will be the most vulnerable and respond to measures taken to address phenomenon of climate change.

More than 120 experts from developed and developing countries including 70 participants from foreign countries , number of representatives from international bodies and non-governmental organizations, private sector as well as national authorities in Egypt participated in activities of the workshop.

George explained that the workshop aimed at exchanging views between state parties on how to link planning to adapt with economic diversity due to the increased concern about current global economic conditions, as well as the negative effects of climate change and methods of tackling climate change phenomenon.

He added that the agreement to strengthen planning and reformation of global environment in Copenhagen is a balanced request with the requirement to give top priority to adaptation, as there is an urgent need for the presence of aware political leadership to combat climate change. Developed state parties must commit to support adaptation efforts carried out by developing state parties, in accordance with their obligations under the Convention, as well as the need to ensure mainstreaming and integration of climate change and other environmental concerns in all fields of their national plans.
Eng. George pointed to the need of highlighting number of areas which includes integration of sustainable development strategies , efforts aiming to achieve economical diversity in developing countries ,methods of identifying existing mechanisms and initiatives under climate change process, which contribute in achieving economic diversity in economically weak countries; in addition to the establishment of a forum to discuss national and sectoral experiments in the field of economic diversity , identify activities that further enhance such diversity within their vulnerability with negative effects of climate change as well as impact of their implementation in order to create opportunities for sustainable development.

It should be noted that this workshop will identify gaps, needs and challenges as well as available opportunities responding to major challenges to increase economic resilience to climate change, which contributes to replicate successful practices, measures and tools to determine best areas to take further action towards them.


George gave his directives to take the necessary procedures to remove oil spill in South Sinai region.


Engineer Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs gave his directives to move quickly to contain oil spill in South Sinai region, in the South of ELtor. These oil spill resulted in polluting beaches of (El karn -Elsabeel- Ras Elraiah) through coordination with the Petroleum & Environmental Services Company (PESCO) and naval units of oil spill combating Center in Sharm El-Shikh affiliated to the Ministry , in addition to coordination with the Egyptian General Petroleum Authority to clean up the affected beaches.

Upon receipt of the Central Operations Room, at the Ministry of Environment of a report from protected areas sector in South Sinai informing them about oil pollution affected the area of beaches (El karn -Elsabeel- Ras Elraiah) its length is about 10 meters, and width of 2.5 meters . Inspections revealed that the pollution resulted from crude oil leakage from submerged oil pipeline network under the water of the Suez Gulf, which connects the offshore fields that were established from 20 years .

George also gave his directions to test samplings of oil in the laboratory of regional branch of Suez and to determine the cause and take necessary procedures to insure that petroleum companies operating in the Gulf of Suez fields are intensifying efforts to prevent any leakage from its pipeline network.

It should be noted that such incidents have repeated in the recent time starting early in 2004, which resulted in severe damage to Almangrov,in Ras Mohammed in South Sinai which is one of the environmentally sensitive marine locations at the global level.


Environment: Disposal of hospital hazardous wastes seized recently.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs issued his directives to provide prompt assistance to Cairo University's Hospitals, to dispose hazardous medical waste that had been seized in El-Basatean and Batn El-Kakara's areas during the past period, by their burning in Kasr El-Ani Hospital's Incinerator.

Eng. Maged George declared that about 50 tons of hazardous medical waste will be incinerated gradually according to the capacity of Kasr El-Ani Hospital's Incinerator. Ministry of Environment called for the prompt disposal of such wastes so as not to produce environmental and health damages.

Entities affiliated to Ministry of Environment seized 17 tones of medical and hazardous wastes in a storage located in El-Basatean area, before their selling to dealers for recycling to produce plastic products; as well as seizing three storages for hazardous medical waste located in El-Gamea street, Batn El-Bakara, Misr El-Kadima containing 23 tons of medical wastes such as bloody cotton and gauze, injections, empty plastic bottles and hoses.

Ministry of Environment's entities in collaboration with General Directorate for Giza Security Investigation arrested the first accused who is responsible about collecting medical wastes from Cairo University's Hospitals after his escape for four months.


Ministry of Environment calls for the prompt transfer of pig farms from residential areas...Allocating 238 acres for settlement of a garbage-processing activities and pigs raising in the province of Greater Cairo.

The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs called for the prompt transfer of pig farms from the residential areas to the site, which has been allocated, according to the presidential decree No. 338 of 2008 . Where 238 acres allocated in Wadi Eldebab valley east of 15 May city to resettle activities of garbage and pig raising in the provinces of Cairo, Giza, and Qualyobia this is to fulfill the optimal environmental and health dimensions .

The Ministry of Environment have proposed this site after coordination with The National Center for Planning State Land Uses and Cairo governorate to conduct a comprehensive study to identify the financial demands and needs of transporting pig farms, including transferring houses to that region .This site was also proposed by the Ministries of Housing, Health, Local Development, Agriculture, as well as the General Authority for physical Planning , the General Authority for Urban Communities, and the General Authority for Veterinary Services.


George added that this site is appropriate in line with all conditions required for this purpose in terms of proximity to services and facilities, as well as proximity to a already existing gathering of pig raising , its distance from the residential areas , and finally this area is wide enough to compile the existing pig farms in the Greater Cairo, as well as appropriate for those people who will be transferred to these sites .

The choice of this site came after inspection and investigation of a number of other locations nationwide, in Cairo, Giza, and Qulyopia governorates, that turned out to be not suitable either for the distance from the garbage collection or its distance from facilities, or for small size, or its allocation for governmental authorities ,or other activities and services.

Noteworthy that the pig raising sites in Greater Cairo province are 9 sites, (Manshyat Nasser –Batn Elbakr- 15 May - Kattamia –Torah- Helwan - Almotmadiah - in addition to site in El Baragel and esbte Elnakhal).


Environment: Transferring Kamar El-Nile Floating Boat to Prosecution.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs transferred Kamar El-Zaman Floating Boat located in Cornich El-Maadi to the General Prosecutor after arresting many environmental violations committed by it. This action was an immediate response to a complaint received against the mentioned boat .The minister issued a decree to form an urgent committee from the General Directorate of Environmental Inspection to investigate the complaint.

The committee discovered that the floating boat is a dangerously polluting place affecting public health and the environment, as many environmental violations occurred , including lack of safe disposal of hazardous waste , use of Nile water directly without treatment in the kitchen by a dumping machine ; as well as bad working environment , lack of an environment record ,throwing garbage and solid wastes in places other than the designated one and discharge of liquid wastes , without license , in the public network.

Immediate contact with Ministries of Health ,Irrigation and General Organization for River Transport to take necessary action against violations committed by the establishment to protect public health and environment.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs stressed on the need to intensify environmental inspection on all River Floating Boats along River Nile, in order to preserve it from pollution and to protect citizens' health .He also emphasized upon the need to increase inspection campaigns to control different sources of environmental pollution in the River.


Under auspices of Eng. Maged George, Accor Group celebrates World Earth Day.


The International Accor Group which includes some of the greatest hotels operating in Egypt organized celebration with World Earth Day through series of activities aimed at raising environmental awareness among its employees and visitors, under the auspices of H.E. Eng .Maged George Minister of State for Environmental Affairs.

The celebration includes activities that reflect exerted efforts to preserve environment and its natural resources such as a symposium to raise environmental awareness among hotel employees , cultivation of trees ,organizing environmental exhibitions inside Hotels ;as well as collection of wastes from hotels and places surrounding it in participation with youth ,hotels' employees and visitors , in addition to carrying out activities of painting and beautification .

Participants in the celebration wear green T-Shirts, reflecting the Group's interest with environment and green spaces to reduce pollution.

It is worth to mention that Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs supports all efforts exerted by institutions, associations and individuals to achieve effective participation in the environment system and increase environmental awareness among all groups of the society.


George: Gathering seeds of endemic plants for their cultivation in Nursery of Wadi El-Gemal Protectorate - Hamata.

In context of Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs' plan to cultivate and breed endemic plants in Wadi El-Gemal Protectorate- Hamata, and afforest Visitors Center of the protected area as well as the Operations Center located in Om El-Abss area ,it gathers seeds of some plant species such as trees , bushes and medicinal plants.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs clarified that regular patrols are arranged in all valleys of the Protectorate to gather plants' seeds during their maturity, and then classified to choose suitable seeds for cultivation in the Green House located in the protected area ,while leaving large proportion of fruits on the plant to provide suitable seeds the chance to grow in case of the availability of water and rainfall .Herbivorous animals such as Birds and Deers play an important role in increasing vegetation cover and species of such plants, as they feed on seeds' pulp of mature fruits then seeds coming out with animals' secretions. .

He pointed that the most important species gathered are Moringa peregrine ,Balanites aegyptaca,Capparis spinosa, Acacia tortilis subsp , radiana,Ziziphus Spina-csisti , and Hyphene thebaica .

It is worth to mention that Wadi El-Gemal Protectorate enjoys large amounts of perennial plants which are used in the treatment of blood capillaries weakness, protection of liver cells from poisoning; in addition that some of them have an anti-cancer effect and the ability to reduce fats and diabetes in blood.


George: Establishment of gardens in St. Catherine's schools through the Program of Green School.

Eng. Maged George,Minister of State for Environmental Affairs declared that 3 gardens in El-Nabi Al-Sobaia Elementary School, El-Nabi Saleh Elementary and Preparatory Schools were constructed in the framework of implementing Program of Green School. This program was launched through the Medicinal Plants Conservation Project affiliated to Nature Protection Sector – Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, which aims to establish parks in 21 schools in St. Catherine.

Eng. Maged George declared that the establishment of parks has witnessed a great deal of competition and participation of students. Each student grows his own plant with a label carrying name of the plant and its owner who is responsible about taking care of. This program includes holding of lectures about the economical and environmental importance of medicinal plants, followed by celebration to honor all the participating students and teachers as well as distribution of incentive awards.

He added that this program is implemented within the environmental education and awareness programs, as it helps in spreading green spaces and creation of healthy places for students; in addition to increase students' environmental awareness with the importance of conserving green spaces surrounding them.


George participates in G8 meetings for Ministers of Environment in Italy.


Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs will participate in G8 meetings for Ministers of Environment that will be held in Siracusa City- Italy from 22 to April 24.

These meetings to prepare for the Summit of Eight that will be held in Italy on 8th July. Minster of Environment participation came upon an official invitation to participate in discussing various issues of common interest with G8 countries. The most important issues are environmental protection and sustainable development as well as energy and development in Africa. George referred to that Egypt's participation in these meetings reflect Egypt's importance and its pioneer role in the Middle East and Africa regions , in addition to its outstanding economic performance during the past years that appeared in its increasing rates of economic growth.

George clarified that G8 countries represent 14% of the world human force, producing 65% of world productivity. He pointed that recently G8 summit started in carrying out broad dialogue with emerging economies' countries such as China, Brazil, India, Mexico and South Africa. Egypt is seeking to join this dialogue. He also referred to that Egyptian Ministers of Agriculture and Labor Force were invited to attend similar Ministerial meetings last year with their counterpart Ministers from G8 and this meeting is an extension of such meetings devoted for Environment Ministers .


George: Finalizing the first projects implemented through the second phase of Industrial Pollution Abatement Project.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs declared finalization of two projects with total of $ 0.78 million, implemented through the second phase of Industrial Pollution Abatement Project. The first project in the Egyptian Company for Starch and Glucose that substitutes three old heavy fuel burners with new Natural gas; in addition to the implementation of internal and external network of natural gas connections, and change of the current burners in each boiler, the total cost of the project is $ 0.34 million. As for the second project is the installation of one natural gas boiler at Egypt Chemical Company; in addition to the implementation of the internal and external network of natural gas connections. The total cost of the project is $ 0.44 million.

Minister of Environment added that the second phase of the Industrial Pollution Abatement project in 2007-2012 provide a package of soft finance to support industrial establishments in their implementation of industrial pollution abatement projects through soft loan (20% non refundable grant and, 80% loan) . It is provided from donors such as World Bank, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, European Investment Bank, French Agency for Development and the Finnish government. This loan is re-lend by the National Bank of Egypt, for large, medium sized and small industrial enterprises.

It should be noted that the Industrial Pollution Abatement Project is aiming to achieve environmental compliance for industrial establishments to comply with environmental laws, enhance Egyptian industry to conform its products with exportation requirements , and achieve competitiveness in the global market; in addition to support projects to combat pollution , comply with environmental laws, as well as support of cleaner production projects ,that is environmental projects contributing to reduce consumption of raw materials ,and wastes to increase their productivity .


Immediate response to citizens ' complaints...George: Environmental compliance for a Medical Center violates environmental conditions

In context of Ministry of Environment exerted efforts to combat environmental pollution resulting from hazardous medical wastes. Eng. Maged George decided to send a Committee from Environmental Inspection Department to investigate complaints, published in many newspapers, from residents of building No. 26 Ismail Sabry St. Saint Fatima, Heliopolis, from El-Ragaa Medical Center for Kidney Diseases. The building's residents suffer from the offensives smells of hazardous medical wastes stored in the Medical Center.
George declared that the Environmental Inspection Committee has examined the center, discovering that it hasn’t an Environmental Record or the Record of Hazardous Substances and Wastes; also noting that the hazardous medical wastes' storage room lack conformity with environmental conditions, as well as its poor ventilation and the presence of six red bags, three of them inside a container to be disposed through an Environmental Services' Company.
Ministry of Environment summoned the Director in charge of the Center , to the Ministry to provide him with Template of the Environmental Records , instruct him with methods of how to prepare it ,ant to inform him with the necessity of preparing a storage room comply with environmental conditions by closing the window of the storage room, and replace it with equipped filters or ventilation fans so as not emitting any smell ;in addition to the daily disposal of wastes in summer and every two days in winter.
The director in charge of the Center promised to quickly prepare the Environmental Records and implement all the environmental conditions to be environmentally committed. EEAA's Committee decided to re-inspect the Center to ensure its commitment with environmental conditions and the elimination of all its violations.


Ministry of Environment's approval is a provision to issue licenses for industrial establishments on River Nile.


In context of Ministry of Environment exerted efforts to combat River Nile's pollution, Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs declared that Ministry of Environment's approval together with Ministry of Health's approval is a must to issue final or renew licenses for industrial plants discharging on River Nile.

He emphasized that issuance or renewal of industrial establishment's licenses are conducted in accordance with regulations and standards of Law No. 48 /1982 on the protection of River Nile and Watercourses from pollution as well as Environment Law No. 4 /1994 and its amendments No. 9 /2009 on environment protection from pollution.

It is worth to mention that polluted industrial discharge on river Nile was stopped in many of industrial enterprises, whether through closure of their outlets or by achieving environmental compliance .The Ministry has carried out projects for biological treatment of sewage water as well as safe usage of treated sewage water in cultivation of green belts and timber forests


George: Finalizing environmental compliance for two new projects within the frame of Environmental Protection Project for industrial Public and Private Sectors

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs agreed to finance two clay brick factories in Mansoura ,through the Environmental Protection Program for Public and Private Sectors, the project funded by the KFW with total investment of 260 million L.E., to finance projects of combating industrial pollution in large, small and medium-sized enterprises in Egypt, with particular focus on governorates of Delta and Upper Egypt region .

He added that the first finalized project is El-Ashmawy Clay Brick Factory located in a residential area, in which heavy fuel of the furnace was substituted with natural gas in addition to implementing the internal network connections; as well as changing the existing burner of the furnace and its adjustment. The total cost of the project reach to 85 thousand euro, of which 30% non refundable grant, that is about 25 thousand euro. As for the second project he demonstrated that it is Abd El-Hay Brick Factory located in the residential area, in which heavy fuel of the furnace was substituted with natural gas in addition to implementing the internal and external network connections; as well as changing the existing burner of the furnace .The total cost of the project reach to about 95 thousand euro, constitutes of 30% non refundable, that is about 28 thousand euro.

It is worth to mention that the project include 21 companies (16 large ,5 small and medium sized companies ), among which 14 Public Sector companies, and 7 Private Sector .The project provide 20% non refundable grant for major industries from the total investment value of the environmental project and 80% as loan or self finance . The project also provides 30% non refundable grant for small and medium sized industries and 70% as loan or self-finance. This project is one of the most important projects for Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, that aiming at supporting Egyptian industry to comply with environmental laws. It is a joint project between German Government represented in the KFW Bank and Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency as the executing agency of the project.


Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs: Study regulations and legislations to implement Egyptian Strategy to Phase out Ozone Depleting Substances


Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs organized a discussion panel on the political and legislative aspects for the preparation of National Strategy to Phase Out use of HCFCs depleting Ozone Layer. The panel aimed at discussing various topics; among which applied laws concerned with control implementation in accordance with Egyptian obligations to Montreal Protocol for the protection of ozone layer.

Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs declared that the panel dealt with the regulation of HCFCs imported quantities during the gradual reduction period according to provisions of Montreal Protocol; as well as required amendments to current laws so that Egypt can execute its obligations to phase out usage of HCFC substances depleting Ozone Layer.

George explained that Article 47 bis of Law No. 9 /2009 prohibits illicit trafficking in substances deplete ozone layer ,their usage in industry , import or possession in violation to laws , ministerial decrees and international conventions to which Egypt is party .He added that there are several procedures must be taken to control ozone depleting substances including study the prevention of importing equipments and products based on depleting substances , study prevention of establishing or updating activities based on depleting substances , the importance to carry out recovery and recycling activities ,the necessity to label substances and products based on depleting substances and to report about (use , trafficking , imports); in addition to issuance of permits for workshops and workers in the field of maintenance ; setting up incentives for use of alternatives or early optional disposal as well as penalties in case of violation .

Minister of Environment pointed to the importance of involving all sectors in preparation of the necessary legislation to limit and regulate Ozone Depleting Substances , drafting flexible and applicable legislations ,intensifying media and educational campaigns about the importance to preserve ozone layer and the necessity to get rid of ozone depleting substances .Involving private sector, particularly industries based on or used ozone-depleting substances, in training and educational programs and laying down a defined appropriate mechanism for conditions of States to be able to provide competitively priced alternatives to ozone-depleting substances.


Birth of male Nubian Mountain Ibex in St. Catherine Protectorate:

After five months of pregnancy, Bride's Protectorate's known as Mountain Nubian Ibex give birth of male Ibex named with Faid , in context of Ministry of the Environment's exerted efforts for the protection of nature through establishing Natural Protected Areas Network spread in all parts of the country ,constant awareness efforts for local communities in addition to executed activities to conserve biological diversity .Female Nubian Ibex was found by one of St. Catherine's environmental rangers since more than a year . Veterinary care was provided by experts of the protectorate to breed this kind and form new flock of . After being kept during the whole year in a private sheep barn belong to one ranger of the protected area, it was sent to Sharm El-Sheikh's Zoo to mate from male Nubian Mountain Ibex in the garden after carrying out necessary studies in collaboration with Cairo University (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine). Blood samples were taken from the found female Nubian Ibex, as well as blood samples from other different types to analyze its genes and study its conformity with genome of its nominated partners.

It was noted that its baby is in a good health and immediately after birth the mother began to provide him with normal care , as the mother started to activate the respiratory, skeletal and muscular systems of the new born to be able to stand after 10 minutes then began in the process of breast-feeding . Blood samples were taken from both the mother and its baby to carry out analyses for their genetic fingerprint in collaboration with Biotechnology Research Center affiliated to College of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University.


George to the Third International conference on Environmental Engineering at Ain Shams University...Transfer and adoption of Environmental Engineering at Egyptian Industries

Engineer Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs emphasized that the ministry is cooperating with universities and various scientific agencies to prepare and graduate specialized technical cadres to face noise pollution. In this regard the ministry is coordinating with faculty of engineering for implementing project of "improving sonic and vibrations curriculum" through the program of(TEMPUS), funded by the European Union and with the participation of European universities to prepare such cadres ,and shall be implemented from 2009 to 2011 , this curriculum shall be taught after its adoption by the Supreme Council of Universities.

This is mentioned at the opening speech of Eng George's today at the inauguration of Ain Shams third international conference on Environmental Engineering with the attendance of Dr / Ahmed Zaki Badr the president of Ain Shams University , number of concerned with environmental issues and scientific research, under the auspices of the Minister of the Environment, Electricity and Energy, Higher Education , Scientific Research and Water Resources and Irrigation.

During his speech , Engineer George praised the active role of the university in the Environmental field on scientific basis , that contributes at improving Egyptian environment. The faculty of engineering participated in transferring and adaptation of modern technology such as the use of low-carbon technologies in various sectors to reduce the impact of climate change, in addition to expanding at the green architecture as an important branch of environmental engineering which aims to proper planning of cities taking into consideration the environmental dimension ,as well as the expansion of uses nano-technology uses in the treatment of contaminated water.

His Excellency added the university adoption for the idea of technological incubators aiming at transferring and application of environmental technologies to the Egyptian industry will contribute at solving much of society's problems like desalination of wells water and salty water as well as using cleaner production technology in small and medium-sized industries.

The Minister emphasized the importance of facilitating access to data of studies and environmental research conducted by the University, in addition to preparing qualified cadres in these modern fields and implementation of new training programs through operational and pilot projects that can be a model for promising projects.


George : Improving the Environmental conditions and Health Care for Sewage workers in Sohag


Engineer Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs emphasized that the project of "Improving the Environmental conditions and Health Care for Sewage workers in Sohag " has been implemented to raise the environmental, social and health conditions for 60 workers and their families in Sohag "temporary workers". This project is implemented in cooperation with the regional branch of upper Egypt "Assiut Branch" , the Environmental Protection association of Assiut , Directorate of Health in Sohag and the Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (Mobinil).


Eng. Maged George declared that the project idea depends on community-based partnership between different sectors of society, and contribution to raise environmental and health awareness of workers, in addition to improving thier standard of living and social conditions.

In this regard George added that 80 workers from sewage plant of Kola, Sohag, have received the necessary vaccinations to immune them against typhoid and paratyphoid, in addition to receiving first dose of vaccination against hepatitis virus (B) in coordination with Health directorate. Because those workers are temporary workers and do not have health insurance, they have been given precautionary tools like (gloves –safety boot) among project activities.

In the light of project activities, EEAA has conducted a number of environmental and Heath seminars to raise workers' awareness of environmental hazards and disease control that may affect them . In addition to following personal protection procedures in the work environment to protect the worker health and his family as well as informing them with the common treatment methods of sewage water, and how to maintain the efficiency of sewage treatment plants .


George: Ministry of Environment celebrates Orphan Day

Eng. Maged George Minister of State for Environmental Affairs declared that the Ministry will held a celebration with Orphan Day in the garden of El-Maasara's Environmental Awareness' Center located in Ezbaa El-Walda affiliated to the Ministry, on Wednesday 15/4/2009; in cooperation with the Integrated Care Society, some of charitable societies, and with the participation of some businessmen, NGOs ; in the presence of leaders and people of the area.

George explained that the celebration will include distribution of environmental gifts for orphaned children such as stationary tools and Bezra notebooks ( Bezra is an environmental character for children ); the event will include number of environmental competitions to raise children awareness with different environmental issues ; the celebration shall witness distribution of meals and a singing party in cooperation with the Integrated Care Society, businessmen and some of charitable societies.

H.E. added that in the context of cooperation between Ministry of the Environment and the Integrated Care Society in Helwan , Center for Environmental Awareness affiliated to the Ministry located in Ezbaa El-Walda and El-Maasara convene environmental awareness seminars for school students in the Center's library ,raise women awareness through environmental seminars and lectures in addition to their teaching in classes of illiteracy eradication in cooperation with Gender's Unit of EEAA and organize recreational trips for orphaned children in Helwan.


Cameras to monitor and document environmental violation

On the occasion of issuing law No.9 /2009 amending Environmental law No 4/1994. General Directorate of Environmental Inspection , Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs received up to date cameras to be used during their inspection of factories , monitor of environmental violations as well as take legal procedures against violating vehicles emitting heavy smoke .

Eng. Maged George , Minster of State for Environmental Affairs has ordered to secure immediate funds to purchase up to date cameras with video recording feature ; considering that violations' monitoring , taking necessary legal procedures or compensation for environmental damage must be documented to leave no doubts to attribute violations to their committers .


George: consolidated efforts to face climate change.

At the Workshop titled (The NEEDS for Climate Change's Projects), Dr. Mawaheb Abou El-Azm, Chief Executive Officer , Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency in her speech delivered on behalf of H.E. Eng. Maged George , Minster of State for Environmental Affairs , emphasized that despite developing countries has little amount of historical responsibility in the appearance of climate change problem , they will not be isolated from climate change effects , but are likely to be one of the most vulnerable regions affected with the potential negative impacts of climate on the economic and social development , beside hindering sustainable development . The workshop attended with the international environmental expert Dr. Mustafa Tolba ,Mrs. Annette Mnheir, representative of the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change UNFCCC and representatives of the National Committee of Climate Change in addition to a group of environmental experts . George explained that the workshop aimed to assess financial requirements and tools needed at the national and international levels to mitigate and adapt to climate change in Egypt , as well as assessment of greenhouse gas emissions' activities , scenarios of risks and threats to adapt with climate change , as well as activation of risk assessment to be included in the Second National Communication under preparation to be submitted to the UNFCCC Convention . Give priority to mitigation and adoption measures , taking into account the needs of national development , private sector investments , the importance and close linkage between climate and development as well as raise awareness among governmental institutions concerning policies needed to mobilize finance and investment . This is in addition to the importance of developing regulatory framework and expands international market of carbon to support Egyptian Government activities.

He refereed to the importance of preparedness in order to avoid potential negative impacts of climate change , that many of them become a reality , by taking adoption actions to face potential risks and the integration of adoption actions within national polices and plans . As it is inevitable to adapt with climate change, it is important to be involved in international efforts to face climate change by mitigating its emissions, conditioning their copping with national development policies. It is important to secure infrastructure necessary to reduce potential risks , improve management efficiency of natural resources by using monitoring and surveillance systems , early warning and appropriate technologies , disaster preparedness, capacity building , provide and improve exchange of information and raise public awareness.

He added that the Ministry has taken several actions to confront climate change through coordination with all ministries concerned with the implementation of the first National Communication issued in 1999 , which conducted a comprehensive study on the impact of climate change in Egypt , highlighted threatened sectors with climate change to be able to deal with their effects . Currently a Second National Communication is under preparation ,to be finalized in June 2009 , to clarify and update current changes occurred on various sectors since the issuance of the first one , as well as to prepare a strategy to adapt with possible changes may occur in sectors of agriculture , water resources and irrigation , health and costal zones in light of draft outputs of the Second National Communication of Egypt .


Face Book's youths held an Egyptian Cleanliness' Day under Minster of Environment's Auspices


In frame of Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs' efforts to encourage voulantry activities in environmental field, Friday 10th April will witness the first celebration with Cleanliness Day, that will be held under the auspices of Eng. Maged George, Minster of State for Environmental Affairs .The idea was declared by a group of voluntary youths on a Face Book's site called Parliament.

Eng. Maged George assured that 10th April will launch a continuous campaign for cleanliness in all Governorates of Egypt as the Ministry supports executers of the campaign with in-kind contribution such as 300 large plastic containers for wastes' collection in coordination with Authorities of Municipalities in Governorates and Regional Branches, in addition to 500 T-Shirts and Caps to be distributed on participated youths in the celebration.

He referred to that, Ministry of Environment supports voluntary activities in the environmental field and praises cleanliness' campaigns implemented by youths and students of schools in some areas, as they contribute in enhancing Ministry's exerted efforts for environment protection and raising of environmental awareness. For more information you can visit MSEA's website www.eeaa.gov.eg


Minster of Environment, environmental approval on a project to produce blended cement within Clean Development Mechanism CDM

In the Framework of Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs' exerted efforts to mitigate pollutants loads in Helwan and El-Tebean area ,Eng. Maged George Minster of Environment declared that an environmental approval was issued to execute project for the production of blended cement by Cement National Company within CDM's projects ; he added that this project will transfer the first and second lines to be operated with natural gas instead of mazoot , that will lead to reduce harmful emissions of dangerous gases such as Sulfur Dioxide and Nitrogen Oxides which will have a positive effect on the environmental conditions in the area .

Eng. Maged Goerge refereed to that the project target is to produce blended cement by adding 20% of unburned limestone to the clinker with a productive capacity of 240 thousand ton/year , in line number "one" in the three ovens to produce clinker with moistening method ; in addition to substitution of the two old mills with a new one having the capacity of 100 ton/ hour without causing an increase in the production capacity of the established line inside Cement National Company , this will lead to save 44% of the electric and thermal energy, used materials as well as reduction of 60% ton / year of Carbon Dioxide .

This project is a CDM's project through which the company will gain financial revenues from sell of Carbon Credits. It is important to be aware of that, blended cement is allowed to be used in the manufacture of cement bricks and slabs as well as furnishings of buildings, but not to be used in reinforced concert, according to Egyptian Specifications.


Ministry of Environment tackles the problem of sewage, liquid industrial waste water in 10th of Ramadan City ...EEAA inspection revealed usage of untreated sewage water in aquaculture.


Eng. Maged George, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs issued his directives with prompt tackling of 10th of Ramadan city's pollution, inspection reports revealed that environmental pollution from sewage and industrial wastewater ponds resulting from industrial activities of 1130 establishments distributed in three major industrial areas and group of residential areas ; total daily amount of drainage resulting from the city is 280.000m3 /day where the industrial waste water represents 80% approximately about 224.000m3 /day, and the drainage of sewage water represents 20% approximately about 56.000m3 /day.

His Excellency emphasized that inspection revealed that sewage and industrial waste water are used in aquaculture of some species such as Tilapia and Silurid , and cultivation of field crops such as maize, barley and wheat , as well as feeding livestock's such as cows, goats and sheep; it was also noted that dumping station is used to dump water from these ponds to be used in irrigating agriculture lands through a water course ,in addition to the fact that separating bridges between these bonds are sandy and fragile .

Coordination with Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation to establish a drainage pipeline for transferring treated sewage and industrial wastewater to Bilbeis Drainage through a pipeline installed by the General Authority of Drainage Projects affiliated to Ministry of water Resources and Irrigation. Inspection revealed the danger effects of such kind of water on public health, future of underground water and aquiculture, in addition to its effect on fish raised in these ponds with their containment of high concentrations of chemicals and heavy metals. Plants such as maize, barley and wheat irrigated with such kind of water and used by wild birds in their fed, lead to transfer these materials to other places.

Minister of Environmnet demanded from Inspection Sector; exert their efforts to promptly face this pollution as soon as possible to preserve health of citizens.

He added that an infrastructure project was implemented to inundate 2000 Fadden with treated sewage water that is currently under testing operation costing 30 million LE, in addition to the implementation of an infrastructure project to plant 2000 Fadden with timber trees irrigated with treated sewage water. This project was finalized in 2006 costing 4 million LE. Regulations are going on to offer this area for sale to be used in cultivation of timber trees.


Arresting the first accused in the case of recycling polluted cotton in Atfeah.

Entities of EEAA in cooperation with Atfeah Police Investigation Bureau arrested Moniear Yousef Soliman, the first accused in the case of recycling cotton polluted with blood in Atfeah City, its usage in children toys and upholstering that was discovered last month with about 25 tons of polluted cotton endangering citizens' health.

According to commands of Eng. Maged Gorge Minster of Environment with the necessity of pursuing the accused persons in cases of harming the environment, a force from Atfeah City arrested the named person in an ambush inside Atfeah City.

Judge/Mohamed El Kady , head of Atfeah Prosecution issued an order to arrest Mounir Yousef Soliman , owner of the recycling polluted cotton factory , after proving his accusation with gathering hazardous medical wastes from university's hospital to be used in children toys and upholstering . Examination was conducted by Mr. Khaled Baha El-Gendy, El-Saff prosecutor who sentenced him with imprisonment for four days under investigation. According to law 4/1994 amended with law 9/2009, penalty in such cases will be imprisonment from five to fifteen years in case of proofing his conviction.


Maged Gorge, Egyptian Singaporean cooperation in the Environmental field.

Minster Of State for Environmental Affairs Eng. Maged George met with Dr. Yacoub Ibrahim, Minster of Environment and Water Resources , the responsible about Islamic Affairs in Singapore for discussing means of fulfilling cooperation's objectives in the environmental field between Egypt and Singapore as well as enhancing relations among the two nations .

Main fields of cooperation agreed upon in the signed Memorandum of Understanding are recycling of agricultural and solid wastes and studying the possibility of executing projects in the field of transforming Bio Mass to energy with the assistance of Singaporean experience in that field .

Eng. Maged referred to Singapore superiority and pioneering in Green Building field and its recent adoption of the principle ( a City in a Garden ) to make Singapore environment-friendly city , he assured the necessity to benefit from this great experience in creating a system of bilateral cooperation to transfer technology , enhance capacities of EEAA employees with specialized training programs in that field of environment- friendly cities .

He added that MSEA seeks to apply principle of environment-friendly cities in building a new premises for Ministry of Environment to be a unique and matchless project through the assistance of experiences from pioneer states in that field ; as well as the necessity to consolidate view points concerning Climate Change's issue and representing the Egyptian view point that will be presented in Copenhagen Conference 2009 .





Controlling oil spot, resulting from an oil tanker.

Central Operation Room affiliated to Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs MSEA received reporting from the Center of Marine Rescue and Research received from the Italian Rescue and Research Center in Roma about the appearance of an oil spot with 4 mile length and 150 meter width at a distance of 107 mile from Alexandria , probably resulting from an illegal discharge of wastes from oil tankers sailing in the area.

Promptly Minster of Environment issued his directives with the necessity to investigate the accident. All of the appropriate measures were taken to follow up and monitor spots , it was discovered that it located beyond the exclusive economical water of Egypt and was revealed by winds .

It is worth to mention that continuous cooperation between Operation Room of MSEA and Centers of Marine Rescue and Research spread on coasts of Mediterranean Sea , to coordinate exerted efforts to confront any oil spots may appear . At the moment of discovering the accident all of Mediterranean states were notified with location of the oil spot resulting from one of the oil tankers sailing through the Mediterranean whereas coordination was conducted with Forces of Boundaries guard and Marine Forces to report about any pollution reach to Egyptian coasts.


Minster of Environment, praised Private Sector's role in developing environmental awareness' programe among children

Yesterday Eng. Maged George , Minister of Environment witnessed the celebration of signing Cooperation Protocol in the environmental awareness' field ( Bezra Program for Children ) between Dr. Mawaheb Abou El-Azm , Chief Executive Officer , Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency and Mr. Thomas Admear ,Chief Executive Officer , Tetra pack–Egypt; to develop environmental awareness about methods of handling solid wastes . It was held in the Educational Culture Centre (Cairo House) with the attendance of a group of experts, businessmen and media representatives.

Minister of Environment praised the importance of Private Sector's role and participation in the environmental system to achieve sustainable development in all sectors , raise environmental awareness to support environmental activities , particularly Bezra program concerned with raising and developing environmental awareness among children ; through their cooperation and actual contribution in environmental activities to realize environmental development objectives , as well as their effective participation in facing different environmental issues and problems to cope with environmental reformation system in Egypt .

It is worth to mention that the protocol stipulates on the convention of seminars to develop environmental awareness among school children through Bezra Program , display film about environmental development in the participating schools , distributing garbage baskets for each school participating in the program, holding environmental educational and awareness' seminars as well as establishing environmental projects aiming at building and developing capacities and providing services for the community .

He mentioned that an integrated system was established to develop environmental awareness among children through the issuance of a specialized magazine (Bezra) to provide simple environmental information as well as production of Cartoon films to be displayed on earthly and satellite channels besides developing the electronic site to include new environmental games.


Minster of Environment, Egypt encourages developed countries' investments to establish projects of Clean Development Mechanism

Eng. Maged George's speech delivered in the workshop titled ( Opportunities of Industrial Investment through Clean Development Mechanism) , attended by Dr. Sherif El-Gabaly Chairman of Environmental Compliance Office affiliated to the Egyptian Industries Federation , Dr Moustafa Tolba and a group of Egyptian environmental experts . Minster of Environment assured that Egypt encourages developed states' investments to establish projects of Clean Development Mechanism to glorify Egypt's advantage from modern technologies and innovations. He added that Egypt is seeking to establish industrial mitigation projects such as transformation to use natural gas in different fields of transportation, electricity generation and production of pottery and charcoal to enhance environmental conditions through reduction of emissions polluting the environment. He referred to the necessity of consolidating efforts among Arab states, by taking appropriate measures of mitigation, integrate adaptation measures within national policies and plans, and participate in the international efforts exerted to be able to face potential risks resulting from Climate Change.

He emphasized that this workshop represent the close cooperation between industrial and environmental sectors, as the government adopt policy of industrial development based upon environment-friendly technology. He added that different Mechanisms of Protocol Kyoto helped both industrial and developing states; industrial states by realizing their aspirations in achieving their economical development, environmental protection and reduction of Green House Gases GHG; developing states by benefiting from Clean Development Mechanism, through transfer of clean development technology and by achieving additional revenue from selling Certified Emission Reduction CER.

He added that 52 project has been approved by the Egyptian Council for Clean Development Mechanism, among which 32 project in the industrial sector , including projects to improve energy efficiency, transformation to use natural gas , joint generation and reduction of nitrous acid emissions in fertilizer industry. The investment value of these projects reached to 1266 US million $ achieving yearly reduction more than 8.1 million ton of CO2 equivalent, as well as contribute in enhancing application of new clean technology and increase opportunities of work among youth .Till now implementation and actual operation of 5 projects have been finalized achieving reduction of 2.5 million ton of CO2 equivalent.

It is worth to mention that Prime Minster isueed decree No.272/2007 of reconstituting the National Committee of Climate Changes with high level representatives from concerned Ministries. The most important outcomes of the Committee was the necessity to set a regional template to simulate climate change effects on water resources in Nile Basin States , establishment of a Regional Center for Researches and Studies of climate changes to be concerned with gathering information about the phenomena ,and drafting national strategy for climate changes concentrate on methods of adaptation with the potential impacts of Climate Changes on Egypt .

He ended his speech by highlighting activities executed by Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, such as the implementation of a program for building capacities, periodical participation in meetings convened by the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change UNFCCC and execution of its obligations, finalizing the first National Communication Report and the second is under preparation. This report includes calculation and listing of GHG emissions from different sectors , gathering published scientific researches about climate change and methods of its confrontation , means of raising public awareness through media and education , and cooperation with competent ministries to study effects of Climate Changes on different sectors, particularly water resources , agricultural , coastal zones , energy , and tourism.


Ministry of Environment participated in coining terminologies Of Disaster Risk Reduction

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs participated in the regional workshop titled (Information Management of Reducing Risk Disaster) held in the Arab Academy for Science ,Technology and Maritime Transport (AAST) . The workshop aimed at coining the Arabic final version of terminologies as well as laying the scientific bases and information management related to risk reduction of natural resources.

Eng. Maged Gorge Minister of State for Environmental Affairs demonstrated that preparation of an integrated data base is currently going on, about the potential natural dangers that may hit Egypt , in addition to setting safety conditions in the field of industry and environment protection ; to take them into consideration while planning for the establishment of industrial and urban communities to achieve sustainable development ; as well as raising public awareness with methods of risk management and how to avoid its occurrence among all groups of the society.

He also referred that Ministry of Environment participated in the task group concerned with coining the Arabic version of terminologies used in the field of reducing risk disaster , through the project of enhancing information management related to reducing risk disasters in the Middle East and North Africa region , that being implemented in cooperation with the Arab Academy for Science and Technology AAST and the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction ISDR .

He added that the current world trend in the field of natural disaster management depends on the saying maxim (prevention is better than cure), accordingly all of the exerted efforts in the phase precedes the occurrence of a natural disaster is considered to be one of the main factors to reduc damages resulting from it.

It is worthy to mention that Egypt is hosting the ISDR Regional Office for West Asia and North Africa in the building of AAST located in Cairo. It launched its activities by setting up scientific bases and work programs related to subjects of disaster reduction and realizing requirements of sustainable development in states of the region.


Seizing medical hazardous wastes at the entrance of a residential building in Kafr El-Dawar, Behaira Governorate

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs in cooperation with Police of Water Surfaces and Environment arrested 100 km of medical and solid wastes in a residential building at Kafr El-Dawar. Alexandria Regional Branch has received a complain from some citizens harmed from storing and accumulating medical and solid wastes in front of a house in Kafr El-Dawar , El-Behaira Governorate .

Immediately Eng. Maged George Minster of State for Environmental Affairs issued his commands to take necessary action by composing a committee including members from the Central Department of Alexandria Regional Branch , Police of Water Resources and Environment , and a force from Kafr El-Dawar Police Station , to investigate the complain .

The inspection demonstrates that residents of the house are working as trash sorters of great amounts of solid and hazardous wastes in the street in front of the house of the complainer. It is noticed that they accumulated packages of hazardous medical wastes at the path of the house, such as empty plastic bottles of chlorine and medical solutions.

Necessary legal procedures were taken against committers of these violations in addition to remove traces of the arrested violation.

Eng. Maged George demands citizens to inform eeaa against any environmental violation through Ministry's hotline (19808), to support, its exerted efforts in protecting their health and ambient environment .He emphasizes that Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs deals with any reported complain of environmental violation with great interest, particularly if it has a direct effect on human health for the sake of ensuring protection of environment and public health.


Egypt: The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs – Dec 25th, 2005

Egypt has declared its commitment to achieve significant improvements in Environment and reverse loss of Environmental resources, in order to reach Sustainable Development.
In this regard," The Egyptian Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs" MSEA has made major efforts in protecting its unique biodiversity; it arranges an efficient daily sea and land patrols in order to control the excessive hunting.
Recently, Egyptian sea Rangers have seized a sea turtle with one of the fishers during a sea patrol in the Mediterranean. A committee from the MSEA was formed to examine the turtle.
It was found to be a male Chelonia mydas (green) turtle, aging about 155 years old, and weighing 50 kilo grams. The turtle was in good health, and no injuries.
According to Egypt Environmental Protection Laws and Appendix 1 of "The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora" CITES, the Egyptian Environmental authorities have taken the decision to release the turtle to its habitat (The Mediterranean Sea), as it was one of the species threatened with extinction and CITES generally prohibits commercial international trade in specimens of these species.
Green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas, get their name from the color of their body fat, which is green from the algae or limu they eat. Adult green sea turtles are herbivores, meaning that they eat only plants, and therefore do not pose a threat to any other animals. Green sea turtles depend on bacteria in their guts for digestion of plant material.
It is worth notifying that, there are two species of sea turtle, Chelonia mydas (green turtle) and Caretta caretta (loggerhead), nest on the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea. Active nesting beaches are presently located mainly along the shores of Cyprus, Greece and Turkey, and to some extent Libya and Egypt.


Piloting the use of the egyptian system to address environmental and social issues in the World Bank assisted egyptian pollution abatement project II

In December 4, 2005, the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, EEAA and the World Bank held a public consultation meeting to discuss the report of Piloting the Use of the Egyptian System to Address Environmental and Social Issues in the World Bank-Assisted Egyptian Pollution Abatement Project II and solicit feedback. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. Maged George, the Egyptian Minister of State for Environmental Affairs. More than 70 participants representing a wide range of stakeholders, including sector ministries, international organizations, industry, the banking sector, NGOs, academia, environmental consulting, local environmental offices and the media.

The report revealed common features between the World Banks environmental assessment policy and the national Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) system.
Both systems were comparable in many aspects, such as screening, content of the environmental assessment report representing the main output of the system, the provisions for regional and sector environmental assessments, and finally the requirements for public consultation. Furthermore, the report indicated that Egypt possessed the basic institutional and legal infrastructure at the national, regional and local levels for implementation of the system. However, the report noted several inputs that will be required to fully harmonize the two systems. These include revision of EIA Guidelines, training, capacity building, public disclosure, and empowerment of stakeholders.


Egyptian Pollution Abatement Project II (2006-2010)

The Government of Egypt is studying now a new project for pollution abatement. The project is providing financial package to support pollution abatement projects & environmental service projects in industrial enterprises through a loan of the World Bank, GEF, Carbon Fund, and Japan Bank for International Co-operation (JBIC).
The Objectives of the project are strengthen the monitoring and enforcement capabilities of the environmental institutions; and establish technical and financial mechanisms for industrial pollution abatement investments in Greater Cairo, Alexandria, two new Suez Canal Cities of Suez and Ismailia.

Beneficiaries:

- Companies with projects with global environmental impacts
- Companies with projects with local environmental
- SMEs suppliers of environmental services/equipment
- SMEs with projects with local environmental


EPAP Technical and Institutional Component Closing Event

EPAP TISC closing seminar was convened at Cairo House on 2nd June 2004. The seminar was attended by 300 participant representing EPAP's stakeholders namely: industry, media, NGOs, institutes, consultants, ministries, etc... The seminar opening was attended by their Excellencies Dr. Mamdouh Riad – Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, Dr. Medhat Hassanein – Minister of Finance, Dr. Mostafa Abdl Kader – Minister of Interior Development, Dr. Mokhtar Khattab- Minister of Public Enterprises, and Mr. Hannu Mantyvara – Ambassador of Finland in Cairo. A fair was organized demonstrating EPAP's investment projects and EPAP's achievements.


Sudden Accident of the Digression of a Boat Carrying a Shipment of Sulfur Rocks in the Nile River

As a result of a sudden accident of the digression of a boat carrying a shipment of Sulfur rocks in the Nile River within Beni Swief governorate, the boat's front inclined but fortunately it neither sunk nor caused the shipment to leak into the river.
Scientifically speaking, the raw Sulfur rocks do not dissolve in water. Consequently, no pollution occurred in the Nile.
Despite of all that happened, samples of water were taken in the region of the boat's digression and the analysis of water proves their consistency within the standards stated in law no.48 for the year 1982 on the Nile River.
Furthermore, the boat has been lifted, taking into account the daily analysis around the said region to make sure of the non-existence of any changes that may occur in the quality of the Nile water due to the accident.


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