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31 Dec2020

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Stranding of dolphins in the Red sea!

Author: Mariam Elsadek

The mortality events for Bottlenose are at an increasing rate, Some scientists suggest that happened because of a virus that attacks the dolphins. 

In the past months, we received a report of a dolphin dying on the coast in El-tur Sinai, which is a common bottlenose dolphin.

This event happened in Mexico as a 337 bottlenose dolphin stranded in 2019, But we can’t confirm this reason in Egypt as we have no research records.

So  HEPCA calls upon scientists, research centers, and bodies working in the field of the environment to study such events to know what should be done later on. 

23 Nov2020

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Hurghada Landfill

Author: Hepca

HEPCA has carried out a scientific study to decide the most suitable sanitary landfill for the solid wastes in Hurghada, based on scientific standards for the conservation of the Red Sea’s resources.

The study was presented to all concerned stakeholders for assessment; The Department of Environmental Affairs, Hurghada City Council, Underground Water Administration, Government& Urban planning department, Environmental Affairs in Hurghada
International Airport, and HEPCA. Our only concern was the necessity of paving a road leading to site of landfill.

Because of the significance and the long-term environmental impact this project will have, HEPCA assigned professor Hesham Abdel Monsef - Suez Canal University and a visiting professor at Florida University, and Dr. Khalil Mohammed - Teacher of Remote Sensing and GIS in the application of scientific standards in this case. Using GIS data from urban planning institute.

The study was based on these important criteria:

1st: Environmental criteria for geology and geomorphology of the physical space.

2nd: Social criteria for social and economic activities.

There was also a series of field visits to the designated areas to confirm the chosen area, in addition to consulting Bedouins who reside in this area and travel agencies planning Safari trips in this place. 

We would like to thank all governmental agencies and the non-formal agencies for their efforts and the contribution that ensure our achievements to sustainability.

HEPCA has carried out a scientific study to decide the most suitable sanitary landfill for the solid wastes in Hurghada, based on scientific standards for the conservation of the Red Sea’s resources.

The study was presented to all concerned stakeholders for assessment; The Department of Environmental Affairs, Hurghada City Council, Underground Water Administration, Government& Urban planning department, Environmental Affairs in Hurghada
International Airport, and HEPCA. Our only concern was the necessity of paving a road leading to site of landfill.

Because of the significance and the long-term environmental impact this project will have, HEPCA assigned professor Hesham Abdel Monsef - Suez Canal University and a visiting professor at Florida University, and Dr. Khalil Mohammed - Teacher of Remote Sensing and GIS in the application of scientific standards in this case. Using GIS data from urban planning institute.

The study was based on these important criteria:

1st: Environmental criteria for geology and geomorphology of the physical space.

2nd: Social criteria for social and economic activities.

There was also a series of field visits to the designated areas to confirm the chosen area, in addition to consulting Bedouins planning Safari trips in this place. 

We would like to thank all governmental agencies and the non-formal agencies for their efforts and the contribution that ensure our achievements to sustainability.

 

17 Nov2020

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Public Schools Workshops

Author: Hepca

HEPCA in collaboration with The Department of Environmental Affairs started an awareness campaign in public schools of Hurghada about the Red Sea marine Environment protection and conservation methods, targeting students of normal and vocational schools of different age groups in accordance to HEPCA educational programs for schools.

Thie workshop today was in Al-Shabab school, where we gave a workshop on the Red Sea Eco system and how to preserve it, Solid Waste Management and benefits of it, the negative effects of plastic on the environment, and ways to reuse/recycle it.

Finally, as a support from HEPCA to the civil society in the banning of single use plastic bags, we distributed heavy duty shopping bags as a replacement for plastic bags, and inside them were educational books and leaflets for students about the marine environment.
 

15 Nov2020

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Underwater Clean-up Campaign by HEPCA's team

Author: Hepca

HEPCA's team conducted an underwater Clean-up campaign last Friday at Marsa Sefein in Marsa Alam. We managed to collect approximately 250 kg of garbage debris, with the support of 6 local & foreign resident scuba divers along with HEPCA's mooring team.

Many thanks for all the volunteers for their tremendous efforts.

The collected debris gets then transferred to HEPCA's Solid Waste Plant in Marsa Alam for sorting.

07 Nov2020

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Over Fishing

Author: Hepca

We received pictures of two sharks seriously injured by fishing rods in Small Brothers Island and Daedalus, we consider this as a warning and clear evidence of a large over-fishing and trawling operations happening in the Red sea which led to the reduction of fish stock to reach critical limits, and s a result of that, the sharks were attracted to Fishing rods used by Leisure and commercial fishing and it led to this result.

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