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The European Union supports Egypt in its efforts to improve solid waste management, with a 20 million EUR grant that is aimed at the governorates of Kafr el-Sheikh, Gharbeia, Assiut and Qena. Ambassador Ivan Surkoš, Head of the EU Delegation to Egypt said that "behind the pressing environmental challenges we are facing today lies an opportunity for change, innovation and transformation." "The continuous work on advancing waste management should always remain a priority; this could be possible through introducing incentives and thus supporting waste reduction as well as high-quality separation and collection systems," he added.
The supplies handed to the NSWMP programme in Kafr El Sheikh included 51 trucks, loaders, cars, trailers, tractors and other equipment. The total value of the supply contracts over the 4 governorates are estimated to be around EUR 11.6 million. This will undoubtedly considerably improve the local collection and treatment capacity.
The EU is also supporting large water and waste water projects in Kafr el-Sheikh, in particular the Wastewater Expansion Programme which has an EU contribution of 32 million euros. The programme aims at providing water and sanitation services to over half a million people in Kafr el-Sheikh. It also works on reducing the pollution and improving the water quality of the Nile. The project is expected to create nearly 12,000 short term jobs during the construction phase and around 750 permanent jobs for infrastructure operation and maintenance.
Additionally, the EU funds the Kitchener Drain De-pollution Programme with a contribution of 45 million Euros. This allows the introduction of a new holistic approach to depollution projects by proposing solutions through integrated approaches, including a large solid waste component. This EU-funded programme aims to improve the overall drain water quality discharged to the Mediterranean, as well as eliminating the main sources of pollution and ultimately improving the quality of life for nearly 4 million Egyptians, out of which nearly 650,00 are living in Kafr el-Sheikh.