Cairo, November 30, 2021
As part of its impactful initiatives during European Union (EU) Climate Diplomacy weeks of 2021, the European Union Delegation in Egypt organized a Nile Clean-up event at Qursaya Island in Giza. The “Clean the Nile” event concludes a series of activities that the Delegation has organised to raise awareness on climate change impacts in Egypt in several governorates including Luxor, Alexandria and Aswan.
Ambassador Christian Berger, Head of the European Union Delegation to Egypt, said: “Climate change is one the biggest perils to this planet and to our existence. We need to join our forces, resources, and work together to counter climate change. The European Union and its Member States are stepping up climate action worldwide”. He added that the EU-Egypt bilateral cooperation focuses on climate friendly projects.
“Fighting plastic pollution is at the heart of the EU Green Deal. Every year, thousands of tons of plastic enter the Nile and reach the Mediterranean Sea, increasing the amount of plastic in the Sea day after day. Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental issues of our time and has a direct effect on our economy and our health. We are proud to collaborate with Very Nile and contribute to the reduction of plastic waste. This is a drop in the ocean but an important cleaning drop,” he added.
The “Clean the Nile” event was co-organized with Very Nile, which focuses its quest to promote and raise awareness on environmental issues, ultimately consolidating eco-friendly behaviour in individuals, communities, and institutions.
Activities of EU Climate Diplomacy Weeks in Egypt:
Organised by the EU Delegation in Egypt as part of a global campaign, the EU Climate Diplomacy weeks offers innovative solutions to persevere the environment and reduce pollution in marine or fluvial environments through a financial-sustainable approach and empowering local communities to become key actors in improving the environment and raising their quality of living.
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