Egypt's environment minister explains measures taken to rehabilitate Fayoum's Lake Qarun



Mon, 15 Aug 2022 - 01:01 GMT


Mon, 15 Aug 2022 - 01:01 GMT

CAIRO – 15 August 2022: Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad detailed to press Monday the measures taken to rehabilitate Fayoum's Lake Qarun, which had been subject to tremendous pollution for years.


To stop sewage drainage into the lake, the ministry mandated the Ministry of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities to introduce wastewater networks in surrounding villages. The project was funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).


As for industrial wastewater, originating mainly from Qom Oshim's cardboard and paper factories, recycling plants were established. Further, certain procedures were carried out to resolve the problem of increased salinity in the lake's water.


The UK Embassy in Egypt announced in March an update to travel advice for Egypt, saying it no longer advices against travelling to southern South Sinai and Fayoum governorate.


“We no longer advise against all but essential travel to the southern part of South Sinai governorate and Fayoum governorate,” the embassy said in a statement on Thursday.


“This means it’s now easier than ever for the hundreds of thousands of Brits who visit Egypt every year to discover more of this amazing country,” the embassy added.


“With the removal of COVID-19 measures on return to the UK, now is the perfect time to book that holiday,” the embassy said, urging citizens to check the latest Travel Advice and stay in contact with their travel provider in this case.



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