Egypt cleans up to 40 tons of waste from Red Sea floor

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Thu, 02 Jul 2020 - 04:33 GMT

Coral reef ecosystem at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge- CC Flickr/USFWS - Pacific Region

Coral reef ecosystem at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge- CC Flickr/USFWS - Pacific Region

CAIRO - 2 July 2020: As part of the Live Green campaign to protect the biodiversity that was launched by the Ministry of Environment in early 2020, about 40 tons of waste have been cleaned from the seabed of the Red Sea, announced the Ministry of Environment in a statement on Wednesday.

"The area that was cleaned up from June 19-29 covered Hurghada, Safaga and Marsa Alam to preserve Egypt's natural resources," the ministry added, noting that the next stages of the “Red Sea Clean Reefs Campaign” will be carried out on a larger scale and will include some diving sites inside and outside the Red Sea national reserves.

This came in cooperation with the Red Sea governor, the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA), and the Chamber of Diving and Water Sports.

"The collected waste includes plastic, glass, metal, wood, etc.," the ministry said, adding that it was transferred to the sanitary landfill for safe disposal.

"The Live Green initiative focuses on the youth’s role in protecting the environment," the minister of environment explained in her speech at the World Youth Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh on December 12, 2019, adding that the government targets a 50-percent decrease of the solid particle pollution rate by 2030.

According to new studies, the coral reefs of the northern Red Sea could stand against high temperatures of up to 8 °C in the summer, contrasting the global bleaching pattern.

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