AND REPLICABILITY ISSUES
A community-based service has been
initiated with about 80% of the residents participating in the scheme.
The service presently operates at close to break even after allowing for
depreciation of the equipment provided by SEAM. There is excess capacity
within the system and as additional households are attracted into the scheme
then the extra income will help consolidate the financial position. It
will be important to strengthen management of the collection and ensure
that workers provide a level of service that will satisfy the residents
who are paying for it.
The system has been well received
by the Governorate who report that similar schemes have since been established
in five other areas using the normal box trailers. At least nine other
CDAs visited the Gedelah waste collection project in the first half of
1998 and residents from the surrounding areas have requested a similar
The Governorate is also replicating
the basic design of the low loading trailer. Indications are that another
50 will be purchased for use in other villages.
Implementation of a community based
waste collection service, adapted to the needs of residents.
80% participation of the community
in paying the monthly fee.
Improved environmental conditions with
positive effects on public health.
Increased environmental awareness among
Employment opportunities developed,
with 15 jobs created.
Capacity-building of the Gedelah CDA.
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
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
Tel.: (20) 50 312 535 Fax: 093 605222
|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
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:
Benefits of CEPs
Sanitation - six projects in villages, hospitals
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
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
Strengthened environmental capacities of NGOs and
local governmental organizations
Developed community and Governorate partnerships
for environmental actions