Egypt's Prime Minister and Minister of Housing and Development Mostafa Madbouli - Press Photo
CAIRO - 3 October 2018: Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli has witnessed the signing ceremony of a project to support adaptation with climate change in the North Coast and Nile Delta in Egypt.
Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aati, Minister of Environment Yassmin Fouad and United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Richard Dictus attended the signing ceremony.
Water Resources Ministry Undersecretary Ragab Abdel Azim, Assistant Foreign Minister for International Cooperation and Development Ambassador Hani Selim and UNDP Office Director in Cairo Randa Abul Hassan signed the project papers.
At a press conference following the signing ceremony, Abdel Aati said the project's grant will be funded by the green climate fund with a sum of dlrs 31.5 million to carry out protection works at the North Delta governorates. He said this grant is the biggest of its kind to be received by Egypt in the field of adaptation to climate change.
He added that the project aims at limiting the impact of coastal floods in five governorates including Port Said, Damietta, Daqahliya, Kefr el Sheikh and Beheira as a result of the rise in sea levels.
Meanwhile, Head of UNDP office Abul Hassan said adaptation to increasing risks of climate change is on top of priorities of the UNDP in the developing countries. She also said the project comes in implementation of a successful partnership between the Ministry of Water Resources and UNDP in its first phase. The project's activities are set to start by the end of the year, she added.