CAIRO: In a key move, the Egyptian government has given investors a usufruct for up to 10 years to expand ecotourism in a nature reserve. provided, however, that local residents are employed in the relevant project.
Environment Minister Yasmin Fuad announced that the program will begin in Nabuk and Ras Mohammed reserves in South Sinai, where restaurants and cafeterias are set up.
She highlighted the ministry’s efforts to support local communities by selling handicrafts in nature reserves and allowing them to provide meal services to visitors.
Fouad said 70% of Wadi El Jemal’s employees are local residents.
The number of air pollutant monitoring stations has increased to 116 across the country, she said, and the ministry publishes an air quality report every three days to monitor the concentration of pollutants detected, especially to protect people’s health. It added that it would issue a warning if it did. People with allergies or respiratory problems.
Fouad emphasized “complete transparency with publicly available information and data,” and also spoke about the government’s national tree-planting programme.
She reveals plans to restore the lake in Egypt and prevent sewage from flowing directly into it.
There are currently 31 total nature reserves in Egypt. Nature reserves are estimated to cover over 15% of the country’s total area.
The idea of establishing a nature reserve comes from Law 102 passed in 1983.