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CAIRO, June 25, 2018 (MENA) - Environment Minister Yassmin Fouad underlined on Monday the importance of creating new mechanisms to carry out environmental projects in a short time in co-operation with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to help improve citizens' life and achieve hoped-for sustainable development.

The minister gave the remarks during a meeting with director of the UNDP in Cairo Randa Abul Hassan.

Talks tackled accelerating the implementation of joint projects between the ministry and the UN programme, ironing out hurdles to these projects and launching a new package of joint projects financed by the Global Environmental Facility in the domain of nature reserves.

The two sides discussed developing nature reserves, boosting ecotourism in Egypt to offer tourists an insight into the impact of man on the environment, foster a greater appreciation of natural habitats, protect biodiversity and create job opportunities for youth in environmentally-sustainable activities.

CAIRO, June 24, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad asserted on Sunday the importance of media in raising environmental awareness.

She said that a string of media events will be organized in governorates to establish a sound environmental culture under a protocol signed with the Egyptian Writers on the Environment Association.

Also, several initiatives and proposals will be floated with a view to promoting public awareness on environmental issues, she added.

The minister was addressing a session of a training program for media people.

CAIRO, June 21, 2018 (MENA) – Environment Minister Yasmin Fuad on Thursday opened a three-day workshop on the integration of biological diversity into the sectors of energy, industry, mining, health and infrastructure.

The workshop will be attended by more than 70 experts from different countries and representatives of international organisations, industry and mining sectors and the ministries of petroleum and electricity and renewable energy.

The event is the first to be hosted by Egypt in preparation for the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, slated for November in Sharm El Sheikh with the participation of more than 196 countries.

Fuad said the workshop aims to review latest developments in the fields of energy, mining and infrastructure and their effects on biological diversity and to promote cooperation between the respective ministries.

It also aims to highlight challenges and available opportunities for biological diversity integration in the aforementioned sectors under the Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS): Egypt Vision 2030, Fuad added.

CAIRO, June 19, 2018 (MENA) – Egypt's Ministry of Environment’s Crocodile Management Unit has hunted a Nile crocodile in Minya el Qamh city in Sharqia governorate, the ministry said in a statement Tuesday.

The unit has made sure that there are no other crocodiles in the area, the statement added.

Sharqia Governor Khaled Saeed expressed thanks to the efforts exerted by the Ministry of Environment to catch the crocodile, noting that his request to hand it over to Sharqia zoo was approved.

Procedures are under way to deliver the crocodile to the zoo, he said, noting that the move aims to raise people’s awareness about this species.

CAIRO, June 17, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad asserted that her ministry works on outlining a proposal to develop the environment work system in order to curb the pollution rates and preserve the natural resources.

This can be achieved via preparing environmental policies, plans and programs and implementing them in coordination with the ministries concerned, she noted.

In statements, Fouad underlined that proposals of developing environment work in Egypt can be summarized in a number of axes such as implementing strategic goals of the environmental aspect in the sustainable development strategy 2030.

The minister further reiterated that these axes include swiftly implementing the new system of solid waste management in the country with the participation of the private sector.

Beat plastic pollution

By the Gazette Editorial Board

THE UN did well to choose combatting plastic pollution as this year’s theme for World Environment Day which falls on June 5, every year.

 

"On World Environment Day, the message is simple: Reject single-use plastic. Refuse what you can’t re-use. Together, we can chart a path to a cleaner, greener world," said UN Secretary-General, António Guterres in a speech to mark Environment Day which was celebrated yesterday in more than 100 countries including  Egypt.

 

Plastic products have become a major world problem with growing dependence on their use for various purposes and faulty disposal of plastic waste.

 

A thorough understanding of the real threat posed by plastic waste, we need to review some shocking figures. Around the world, one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute. Every year we use up to five trillion disposable plastic bags. In total, 50 per cent of the plastic we use is single use.

 

The biggest problem, however, is caused by the way we get rid of plastic waste. As most plastic is made out of petroleum and natural gas, getting rid of it by burning pollutes the air, land and water and exposes workers to toxic chemicals, including carcinogens.

 

Besides, around one third of the plastic packaging we use escapes the collection system, which means that it ends up clogging our streets and polluting our natural environment.

 

Some environment centres have proved that up to 13 million tonnes of plastic leak into our oceans every year. This amount could circle the earth four times in a single year adversely to affect marine life, coral reefs and other precious creatures.

 

Unlike most substances, plastic can last for up to 1000 years before it fully disintegrates.

 

So how could we turn this year’s theme of beating plastic pollution into a working agenda to reduce this major threat facing our environment?

 

On the one hand, we could use this year’s motto of combatting plastic pollution to launch a year-long campaign to increase public awareness of the problem and to lessen people's reliance on disposable plastic bags and bottles. Local governments could also ban the use of plastic bags.

 

However, this will not produce any results unless projects are initiated for the manufacture of alternative, environment-friendly packaging materials. The government could encourage the youth and young investors to create small projects for the production of paper bags and other non-plastic packaging, for use by the big supermarkets and shopping centres.

 

Such projects would protect the environment in two ways: they would cut dependence on plastic bags and at the same time help recycle paper waste to make paper bags and boxes.

 

On the other hand, with the start of the summer season, millions of Egyptians will spend their summer holiday on the beach. Why not launch a campaign to clean the beaches and clear them of plastic waste?

 

This year’s theme, “Beat Plastic Pollution,” should be used as a call for action by everyone, to counter this environmental nightmare and protect the world from a hazard that is threatening the whole of life on our planet.

THE UN did well to choose combatting plastic pollution as this year’s theme for World Environment Day which falls on June 5, every year.

 

"On World Environment Day, the message is simple: Reject single-use plastic. Refuse what you can’t re-use. Together, we can chart a path to a cleaner, greener world," said UN Secretary-General, António Guterres in a speech to mark Environment Day which was celebrated yesterday in more than 100 countries including  Egypt.

 

Plastic products have become a major world problem with growing dependence on their use for various purposes and faulty disposal of plastic waste.

 

A thorough understanding of the real threat posed by plastic waste, we need to review some shocking figures. Around the world, one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute. Every year we use up to five trillion disposable plastic bags. In total, 50 per cent of the plastic we use is single use.

 

The biggest problem, however, is caused by the way we get rid of plastic waste. As most plastic is made out of petroleum and natural gas, getting rid of it by burning pollutes the air, land and water and exposes workers to toxic chemicals, including carcinogens.

 

Besides, around one third of the plastic packaging we use escapes the collection system, which means that it ends up clogging our streets and polluting our natural environment.

 

Some environment centres have proved that up to 13 million tonnes of plastic leak into our oceans every year. This amount could circle the earth four times in a single year adversely to affect marine life, coral reefs and other precious creatures.

 

Unlike most substances, plastic can last for up to 1000 years before it fully disintegrates.

 

So how could we turn this year’s theme of beating plastic pollution into a working agenda to reduce this major threat facing our environment?

 

On the one hand, we could use this year’s motto of combatting plastic pollution to launch a year-long campaign to increase public awareness of the problem and to lessen people's reliance on disposable plastic bags and bottles. Local governments could also ban the use of plastic bags.

 

However, this will not produce any results unless projects are initiated for the manufacture of alternative, environment-friendly packaging materials. The government could encourage the youth and young investors to create small projects for the production of paper bags and other non-plastic packaging, for use by the big supermarkets and shopping centres.

 

Such projects would protect the environment in two ways: they would cut dependence on plastic bags and at the same time help recycle paper waste to make paper bags and boxes.

 

On the other hand, with the start of the summer season, millions of Egyptians will spend their summer holiday on the beach. Why not launch a campaign to clean the beaches and clear them of plastic waste?

 

This year’s theme, “Beat Plastic Pollution,” should be used as a call for action by everyone, to counter this environmental nightmare and protect the world from a hazard that is threatening the whole of life on our planet.

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