The Supreme Committee for Beach Licensing, headed by Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aty, held a meeting on Monday, to discuss the status of Egypt’s shores in light of climate changes.
The meeting was attended by Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, and Ahmed Abdel Qader, head of the Shore Protection Authority, as well as representatives of the Ministries of Defence, Transport, Local Development, Housing, Tourism and Antiquities, and Environment.
During the meeting, Abdel Aaty stated that the Supreme Committee is concerned with licensing all projects along the Egyptian shores, discussing studies related to the works carried out on the Egyptian coasts with regard to determining the sanctuary and balance of the beach, and ensuring that all facilities built within the ban line are light and easy to dismantle and install.
He explained that the committee is working to make the necessary decisions as soon as possible, after the licensed party fulfils all the necessary conditions, in order to facilitate the investors and holders of licensing applications and to push the wheel of development.
Abdel Aty further added that the topics submitted for presentation to the committee are first studied by a specialised technical committee in the Shore Protection Authority that examines all licensing applications and the extent to which they meet the required studies.
The outcome is presented to the technical secretariat formed by representatives of ministries and relevant authorities to be studied before submitting to the committee to take final decisions.
During the meeting, the committee discussed 33 topics in the governorates of Matrouh, Suez, Alexandria, the Red Sea, Beheira, and South Sinai, where 30 applications were accepted due to their fulfilment of the necessary conditions, 6 applications were postponed for further study, and three applications were rejected.
Moreover, a license was approved for beach works for a number of national and investment projects.