Egyptian Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr. Mustafa Waziri with other panelists- Egypt Today
SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt – 11 November 2022: The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), and the United Nations signed an agreement to launch a fund for the protection of archaeological sites and museums from climate change impacts nationwide.
This was announced by the Egyptian Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr. Mustafa Waziri, at a panel at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27).
All museums will be gradullay operating by solar energy, he said, noting that the government is building two solar power plants in the Grand Egyptian Museum and Sharm El Sheikh Museum.
During the session, Waziri talked about how ancient Egyptian were keen on climate and environmental protection and mitigate floods and high temperatures as it has been shown in the building of spillways to protect agriculture and their lives.
The Japanese-funded solar power plant in the Sharm El Sheikh Museum will be completely built after the end of the COP27 Conference, said Mohamed Bayoumi the Assistant Resident Representative and Environment Team Leader in UNDP Egypt during the session.
Construction work on the second solar power plant will start in few days, he added.
The ISESCO is working on protecting Egyptian antiquities from climate change and open archaeological sites, ISESCO Managing Director Salem bin Mohammed Al Malek.