Abdel Aty reviews progress of Delta costs protection from climate change

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Egypt’s Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Mohamed Abdel Aty, has held a meeting with heads of sectors of the ministry to discuss the implementation position of the project to enhance adaptation to climate changes in the North Coast and the Nile Delta. 

During the meeting, Abdel Aty stated that climate change represents a great challenge for a large number of countries in the world, especially in coastal areas. 

He added that the Nile Delta is one of the most threatened areas in the world and the most sensitive to climate change, which makes the preservation of coastal areas from the effects of current and future climate changes a necessary issue in order to preserve the safety of citizens and preserve existing investments in industrial, agricultural and tourist areas located on the northern coasts of Egypt.

According to Abdel Aty, the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation is currently implementing a project to enhance adaptation to the effects of climate changes on the northern coasts and the Nile Delta to confront sea-level rise and severe weather phenomena that affect low-critical coastal areas and the intrusion of seawater at times of waves with a total length of about 69 km. 

Additionally, the ministry is establishing early warning stations at different depths within the Mediterranean to obtain data related to storm waves, waves and sudden natural phenomena. The project also includes the work of an integrated management plan for coastal areas along the northern coasts of Egypt on the Mediterranean, to preserve investments and natural resources in the coastal area. The implementation of the integrated coastal zone management plan is expected to be completed before the end of 2025.

The project covers five coastal governorates: Port Said, Damietta, Dakahleya, Kafr El Sheikh, and Beheira. It is funded by a grant from the Green Climate Fund of the United Nations Development Program with a value of $31.40m. 

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