Egypt generates more than 20 million tons of municipal solid waste on an annual basis, or the equivalent of the largest Giza Pyramid every 40 days. Less than 65 percent of this waste is collected by the public or private sector, and a mere 20 percent is recycled or responsibly dealt with.

Cairo traffic is an issue that impacts at least 18 million people every day and is estimated to cost Egypt at least 4 percent of its GDP each year. It has massive and far-reaching effects on not only the daily lives and health of the city’s residents, but also on the environment.

The 21st Cairo Climate Talks and Forum France-Egypt “Ecosystems at Risk: Safeguarding Egypt’s Biodiversity” brought together experts from Egypt, Germany and France to highlight the ecological and economic importance of preserving our rich natural heritage, both in Egypt and abroad.