Environment Minister Yassmin Fouad said on Thursday Wadi Degla nature reserve recorded the highest monthly visit rate since Eco Egypt campaign was launched with 29,752 visitors in January alone, including 1,505 foreigners and 28,247 Egyptians.
Eco Egypt Campaign is the first campaign that promotes for the hidden gems in Egypt; protected areas and destinations. This campaign aims at promoting environmental awareness among the citizens towards the importance of Egypt’s protected.
The minister referred to the cleaning campaign that was launched at Wadi Degla protectorate with the participation of ecotourism lovers and some foreigners who are living in Egypt.
She said it was the second campaign of its kind to be launched in February, adding that it included cleaning the nature reserve from plastic waste that poses a great threat to ephemeral plants.
Wadi Degla was designated a protectorate in 1999 by the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency and covers a land area of 60 square km. The protectorate is a very popular destination for tourists who are looking for Cairenes.
Wadi Degla is a home to various species of birds, reptiles and bats, and even larger animals such as foxes and gazelles. There are also many fossils from times past when the valley was covered with water.