In summary, the project was designed to be sustainable in the following ways:
  • Gaining the involvement of the local council and community in design and implementation.
  • All operating costs have been borne by the local council.
  • A user fee for cost recovery has been agreed and the will be implemented through a local NGO. There has been a 68% willingness to pay among residents surveyed.
  • Training of waste collection workers and their supervisors.
  • Increased awareness of residents on the need to maintain a good waste collection service.
BENEFITS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
  • A better waste collection service for residents which has been adapted to their needs.
  • Improved environmental conditions with positive effects for public health.
  • Increased environmental awareness among the residents.
  • Enhanced visual impacts through less street waste and additional tree planting.
  • Enhanced co-operation between the local council and NGOs/CDAs in tackling a community priority.
CONTACTS

More information on this project and the SEAM Project, are available from:

  • Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), Technical Co-operation Office for the Environment (TCOE) 

  • 30 Misr Helwan Agricultural Road
    5th floor, Maadi, Cairo, Egypt
    Tel.: (20) 2 525 6452 Fax: (20) 2 525 6457
    E-mail: EEAA2@idsc.gov.eg

  • SEAM Project/Entec UK Ltd.

  • 30 Misr Helwan Agricultural Road
    4th floor, Maadi, Cairo, Egypt
    Tel.: (20) 2 525 6452 Fax: (20) 2 349 9795
    E-mail: entecegy@eis.com.eg

  • Governorate of Sohag

  • Sohag City
    Tel.: 093 604491 - 604492
    Fax: 093 605222

    February 1999

The SEAM Project
Support for Environmental Assessment and Management (SEAM), is a multi-disciplinary environmental project being funded by Britain's Department for International Development (DFID).
This project is being implemented by the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) through the technical Co-operation Office for the Environmental (TCOE) and Entec, a UK engineering and environmental consultancy.

Governorate Environmental Action Plans
Part of the SEAM Project focused or regional environmental management with the preparation of Governorate Environmental Action Plans (GEAPs) for the governorates of Dakahleya in Lower Egypt and Sohag in Upper Egypt. The process involved extensive community participation which proved invaluable in raising awareness and in incorporating people's views in a forward plan of action.
In the GEAPs, priority areas for environmental action were identified, objectives and ten years targets (1997-2007) agreed, and policies and programs developed to address the priority issues. Actions Were designed to be practical and affordable.
An Environmental Management and Planning System has been developed to strengthen the organizational structures and processes necessary to sustain GEAP actions. Community based actions are an integral part of this system.

Community Environmental Projects
Support has been provide to local communities taking environmental action that address the priority issues of the GEAPs. A total of 14 projects has been undertaken in the following areas:

  • Sanitation - six projects in villages, hospitals and schools
  • NGO capacity-building
  • Environmental curriculum for literacy classes
  • Village solid waste collection - two projects
  • Clean-up and beatification in four villages
  • Environmental awareness - two projects
  • Student environment competition
Benefits of CEPs
  • Improved sanitation and waste collection services
  • Enhanced community environmental awareness
  • Communities participating in, and contributing to, their own environmental actions
  • Improved local environmental conditions and public health
  • Strengthened environmental capacities of NGOs and local governmental organizations
  • Developed community and Governorate partnerships for environmental actions
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