Climate change and rising sea levels are major challenges to the Nile Delta. Coastal protection projects in countering the negative impact of climate change is all the more important.
These remarks by Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hani Sewilam came during a meeting on Wednesday with Ahmed Abdel Qader, chairman of the Egyptian Public Authority for Shore Protection, Omar Makram, head of the authority’s central department for studies and research, and Mohamed Ghattas, Deputy Minister of Irrigation for Major Projects.
During the meeting, minister pointed out to the role of coastal protection projects for preserving structures and agricultural land.
For his part, Omar Makram said the coastlines of Damietta, Dakahlia, Kafr el-Sheikh, Beheira and Port Said are to be protected against climate change.
Some areas in these governorates suffer from rising sea level especially in the winter, Makram added.
Early-warning stations on the Mediterranean will collect data on wave movement and unforeseen natural phenomena.
The projects are scheduled for completion by the end of 2023.
A management plan, which will be ready by 2025, will cover the northern coasts to protect investments and natural resources.