Egypt: The Ministry of Environment of Egypt shared an update regarding its participation in the first edition of the International Bird Watching and Photography Festival in Port Said Governorate in Egypt.
On his part, the Minister of Environment, Yasmin Fouad, confirmed that the nation has succeeded in adding a Bird Watching event to Egypt’s tourism industry.
The tourist programs of the nation also include Bird Watching in the Red Sea, and the Environment and Tourism Ministries are open to introducing new horizons for it.
As per the updates, the visit and participation were held under Dr Yasmin Fouad, the Minister of Environment.
To support and promote environmental tourism, the Ministry of Environment participated in the Port Said International Bird Watching and Photography Festival in its first edition.
Furthermore, the sources have confirmed that the event was held in the beautiful Ashtoum Reserve and Manzala Lake, organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Archaeology in association with the Ministry of Environment.
In the Egyptian General Authority for Tourism Activism in cooperation with the Ministry and Port Said Governorate Egyptian society for the conservation of nature and Egyptian culture for wildlife photographers.
The Environment Minister, Dr Yasmin Fouad, explained that the festival aims to promote environmental tourism in Port Said Governorate, especially tourism, observation, and bird photography as global ecotourism.
Yasmin Fouad further added that the initiatives to promote wildlife tourism had received a great turnout from nature lovers and photographers across Egypt and the world, as Egypt is celebrating the second most important bird migration path globally.
As per the schedule of the event, the Port Said International Bird Watching and Photography Festival are being held from December 21, which will end on December 30.
The Ministry of Environment conveyed that the photography events are taking place in the beautiful Ashtoum Reserve, Lake Manzala, on Friday, December 23, with the participation of 200 birdwatching and photographing students.
Moreover, the Environment Ministry also stressed the current issue of protecting migratory birds and biodiversity, as it has been recognized as one of the global and regional environmental challenges Egypt has taken up during the cop27 climate conference.
In addition, the challenges mentioned above are one of the issues that reflects the extent of the interconnectedness in achieving a balance between environmental agreements.
Dr Yasmin, Minister of the Environment, Representing the implementation of the Biodiversity Agreement and the implementation of the National Contributions Plan of the State Addressing the effects of climate change and reducing emissions.
The environmental challenges and problems were discussed at the Climate Change Conference by Yasmin Fouad, which included a discussion of the effects of climate change on biodiversity and methods of its protection at the international level.
In her statement, the Minister of the Environment stressed that Egypt, dealing with the protection of migratory birds, was not only at the official or governmental level but also expanded to include all partners from the civil and local community, tourist companies and youth and others.
She noted that the Ministry had organized several drills to identify and engage all parties in environmental protection, containing special training for graduates in the field of monitoring and monitoring migratory birds.
The training of workers in the tourism field and companies, and even extending the inclusion of the birdwatching point in Sharm El Sheikh as one of the tourist attractions that companies put in their tourism programs.
Environment Minister Dr Yasmine Fouad also pointed out during her statement that she migrated to Egypt due to the Egyptian experience in protecting the migratory pigeon birds in one of the most important paths.
The preservation paths were represented in several axis, and it is the energy by taking all the closure measures upon request, training and building national cadres, and preparing and building an integrated waste system to protect birds In its tracks.
Additionally, as well as approving and taking all measures for the protection of birds from poaching, in addition, it is worked on promoting the conservation of birds and building the culture of bird watching as one of the environmental tourism programs and creating a tourist product based on migratory bird watching in the Red Sea.
The Minister of the Environment expressed her happiness and appreciation for the efforts of all partners to support environmental protection and environmental tourism to protect biodiversity and natural resources.,
especially as we strive to open new tourism horizons for birdwatching in Ashtoum Reserve, Port Said Governorate.
In the end, It is noteworthy that Lake Al-Manzala and the beautiful Ashtoum Reserve are recorded with more than 200 species of resident or migratory birds.
The Northern Egypt Lakes and the Nile River are among the largest wetlands in North Africa, and their most important, representing 25% of the wetlands in the Mediterranean due to Migratory waterfowl finding Food necessary for safety and comfort in these lands.