Egypt’s Minister of Environment, Yasmine Fouad, announced the city of El-Kharga, in the New Valley governorate, as an environmentally friendly city. The announcement came on Sunday, during the Minister’s visit to the governorate as part of the World Environment Day celebrations.
This year’s celebration comes under the slogan “We only have one land”.
During the visit, the minister inspected the 30th of June Garden in Kharga, which is the latest cultural entertainment park that includes models of the most important historical and cultural landmarks and sites at the level of the republic, green spaces, sports fields, swimming pool, bike path and a mosque, on an area of 9 feddans.
The Minister of Environment explained that her ministry, over the past three years, has implemented many afforestation projects in the governorate, including afforestation of the airport road abroad with a length of 11 km with 7,000 trees, and the establishment of a nursery on an area of 5 acres in Kharga.
This includes all the requirements of greenhouses and agricultural requirements, and the number of 30,000 diverse seedlings, where the seedlings of this nursery are used to carry out afforestation work in all governorate’s cities and villages.
Sha also launched an afforestation campaign with the participation of New Valley University students to plant 1,000 fruitful trees along the wall of the university in the new university headquarters, where students and professors of the Faculty of Agriculture participated in the work to increase the green area and reduce global warming.
Moreover, Fouad launched the start of a bicycle marathon, to encourage citizens to ride bikes as a sustainable, cheap and easy means of transportation that preserves the environment and health, as part of the world’s trend towards using sustainable means of transportation such as bicycles, mass transit and cars running on natural gas and electricity to reduce emissions resulting from the transport sector, as one of the mechanisms mitigating the effects of climate change.