Safari trips in Egypt's deserts
CAIRO - 24 August 2022: Egyptian Minister of Environment Dr. Yasmine Fouad, announced support for eco-tourism in the natural reserves, in order to provide an eco-tourism experience with international standards.
This will be implemented by the Ministry of Environment through the Environmental Program project, in cooperation with the Egyptian-Italian side, the third phase to revitalize safari tourism in Fayoum reserves, with the participation of tourism, environment and biodiversity experts.
In this report, et monitors 7 information about the project details:
1- The program is one of the axes of the implementation of the ministry’s strategy in upgrading all elements of eco-tourism, relying on the development of the human element from local communities, as one of the main pillars in the development of reserves. This contributes to preserving natural resources and biodiversity, as one of the important issues to be discussed at the COP 27 Climate Conference, scheduled to be hosted in Sharm El-Sheikh next November.
2- The project seeks to increase the number of visitors, support community partnerships, and protect these nature reserves, fossils and distinctive eco-tourism attractions in order to achieve the principles of sustainable development.
3- The program aims to develop and build the capacities of the local community working in the field of safari for 84 drivers, where they are provided with the skills of eco-tourism guidance, and skills for dealing with environmentally sensitive areas in the natural reserves, to preserve the biodiversity and the special nature of the reserves in Fayoum Governorate.
4- The program presents a distinctive experience as it combines in its organization many environmental action partners, to enhance their role in preserving natural resources, and face the effects of climate change.
5- The project supports the local community in Fayoum, as they are the basis for all development processes.
6- The Fayoum model will be replicated in other reserves, where safari trips are one of the main tourist activities, in order to provide a unique eco-tourism experience that increases the value of eco-tourism in Egypt.
7- The project’s training program includes lectures and workshops, to provide the trainees with general environmental information about natural reserves, and their environmental and economic importance, in addition to carrying out practical tours to make the trainee aware of the importance of the special nature of the reserve and the concepts of sustainable development.
The Ministry of Environment, through the Environmental Program project and the Egyptian-Italian cooperation, carried out several trainings to develop handicrafts as a craft by the local population working in eco-tourism, in some natural reserves, including: Fayoum, Wadi El-Gamal and Siwa, which contributed to increasing the income of the local community at high rates.