File - Photo of flocks of birds migrating to the Red Sea Island, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt File - Photo of flocks of birds migrating to the Red Sea Island, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt

Egypt signs protocol with UK company for migratory birds monitoring training program

Wed, Apr. 24, 2019
CAIRO – 24 April 2019: The Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) has signed a cooperation protocol with the British company Lekela Power to finance and implement a migratory birds monitoring training program in Egypt.

About 350 species of migrating birds come to Egypt across the Red Sea to find a resort in its islands. There are several aspects of why Egypt and its islands of the Red Sea in specific are of the biggest intricacies of bird migration.

Chris Antonopoulos, Lekela CEO- Eng. Osama el-gebaly, MSB Project Manage
Chris Antonopoulos, Lekela CEO- Eng. Osama el-gebaly, MSB Project Manage

There was a concern towards migratory birds that fly in hundreds of thousands back to Europe through Egypt, as the latter expand in construction of wind farms along the Red Sea.

Egypt is perfect transit for migrating birds

CAIRO - 23 November 2017: About 350 species of migrating birds come to Egypt across the Red Sea to find a resort in its islands. There are several aspects of why Egypt and its islands of the Red Sea in specific are of the biggest intricacies of bird migration.





The training program is part of Lekela’s plan for its wind farm project in the Gulf of Suez. Lekela will be involved in the establishment of the Bird Monitoring Centre of Excellence that aims to implement fully-fledged training programs for migratory bird monitoring and protection.

Chris Antonopoulos, Lekela CEO- Eng. Osama el-gebaly, MSB Project Manager- Faisal Eissa, Lekela Egypt General Manager
Chris Antonopoulos, Lekela CEO- Eng. Osama el-gebaly, MSB Project Manage

The company’s role will be directed at investing in consultancy services, providing training equipment, and sponsoring eight local trainees from the nearby city of Ras Ras Ghareb to support local job creation.

“This agreement is yet another step in Lekela’s commitment to the community. The wind farm in the Gulf of Suez will benefit from a great wind resource, but it is equally crucial to protect the surrounding wildlife. The training program is essential to safeguarding migrating birds by monitoring their routes and implementing necessary measures to protect them,” said Faisal Eissa, General Manager, Egypt.

The project comes within the framework of the Ministry of Environment's efforts to achieve the concept of integrating migratory bird conservation measures in various productive sectors, including the energy sector and the support of the cooperation of various national bodies such as the New and Renewable Energy Authority.

Eng. Osama Al-Jabali, Migratory Soaring Birds project manager, said "The center will be an independent national reference to the issuance and updating of the standards and requirements for the monitoring, identification and study of birds. It will also pave the way for the practical integration of conservation measures.”

Lekela is a renewable power generation company that delivers utility-scale projects which supply much-needed clean energy to communities across Africa.

Additional reporting by Mona Ahmed
 
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