Upcoming Event

  • Rising Seas: Protecting our Shores through Integrated Coastal Management
02 Jun 2015

The GrEEK Campus, 28 Falaki St, Bab el Louk, Cairo

Although they cover less than 8% of the world’s surface, marine coasts are vital to our environment and economy. Approximately 70% of the world’s population is within a day’s walk of the coast and two-thirds of the world’s cities are situated along coasts.

For the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris in December aims to reach a bind¬ing, universal agreement among all nations on climate. As the conference rapidly approaches, the 196 participating countries are faced with the momentous challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to stop the world’s temperature from rising to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-in¬dustrial levels.

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Though Egypt is a destination well known for its antiquities, culture, desert, beach landscapes and other tourist attractions, it is not high on the map of ecotourist destinations, despite having a wealth of natural beauty. For the past few decades, the Egyptian coasts have witnessed rapid development through large tourist resorts which offer a seaside experience, often at the expense of the very marine and land habitats they seek to promote.

“Every individual has the right to live in a healthy, sound and balanced environment. Its protection is a national duty. The state is committed to taking the necessary measures to preserve it, avoid harming it, rationally use its natural resources to ensure that sustainable development is achieved, and guarantee the rights of future generations hereto,” reads Article 46 of the 2014 Egyptian Constitution.