|At the end of the workshop the participants had
successfully designed five proposals on the following environmental issues:
water conservation, latrine building, community health awareness, environmental
awareness, and solid waste recycling.
Six months after the workshop took place, an evaluation was held to assess its impact on the NGOs and CDAs. They were mostly positive about the workshop and some had taken significant action to assist communities to improve their environments. Fine-tuning of the training programme to the needs of different NGOs with varying levels of skills and experience appeared to be among the important lessons learnt.
Some examples of community based environmental projects subsequently undertaken by the participating NGOs and CDAs are:
The concept of training and exchange of experiences through field visits was taken up by some of the participants as well. The Social Development Fund, one of the funding agencies attending the training, organised field visits for CDAs in Mansoura to local community-based projects. Among these was a visit to the waste collection service managed by Gedelah village CDA. El-Iman CDA organised meetings with other religious CDAs in Dakahleya Governorate to encourage replication of the environmental awareness project.
The need to strengthen partnerships between NGOs, CDAs and governmental agencies was also recognised.