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.

From the farm all the way to the table about half the food produced worldwide is wasted. In Germany, for instance, stringent food safety regulations force supermarkets, grocery stores and bakeries to discard food products that could still be safely consumed. By contrast, in Egypt most food loss occurs during production, and is caused by inefficient transportation and refrigeration.