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30 Dec2017

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HEPCA conducts Tridacna training workshop for local community

HEPCA conducted a training workshop for selected group of local community in the southern coast of the Egyptian Red Sea as one of the main activities of LIFE-Red SEA Sustainable Growth II . The training was on methods of rearing and induce spawning of the giant clam. The workshop aimed to introduce induce spawning to the local community and allow them to practice the activities hand on. Members attending the training were able to prepare food for larvae and understand growth requirements of the giant clam at different stages. HEPCA is aiming through this project funded by the USAID to restore depleted nature habitat and support local community especially fishermen through the introduction of green cultivation of the giant clam in order to improve their livelihood.

06 Dec2017

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HEPCA hosts a group of youths for World Tsunami Awareness Day

World Tsunami Awareness Day 2017 aims to raise awareness of tsunami risks and share innovative approaches to reduce their impacts. The day align its aim with the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR 2017) and the "Sendai seven Campaign" which will focus this year on Target B of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction which aims at reducing the number of affected people globally by disasters, Furthermore, the day will highlight interlinkages between disaster risk reduction, climate change, and the sustainable development goals The Arab Youth for Resilience Campaign 2017-2020 was recently launched by UNISDR - Arab States - Regional Office in consultation with partner organizations and regional experts to strengthen the role of youth in implementing Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030), the SDGs, and the Paris Climate Agreement. The campaign aims to build Arab youth capacities in disaster risk reduction, mobilize and institutionalize youth participation for enhancing community resilience, as well as develop youth policy positions at the local, national, and regional levels We were glad to welcome on board of our research vessel R/V Amr Ali - The Red Sea Defender a group of Arab youth engaged in fields related to Biodiversity, Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction, Maritime Sciences, Urban Development in coastal cities and coastal protection to attend an educational session presented by HEPCA's team in the southern Red Sea focusing on the following topics: -The Red Sea, Origin, formation, History and importance - Oceanography of the Red Sea, Ecosystems, human impact, natural threats - Integrated Coastal Zone Management ICZM and expectations such as Maintaining the functional integrity of the coastal resource systems, Reducing resource-use conflicts, Maintaining the health of the environment, Facilitating the progress of multisectoral development , Environmentally appropriate development and Understand disaster resilience in coastal settings Participants listened to information about HEPCA's ongoing projects such as Red Sea Mooring Systems and Solid Waste Management and Community Development Projects and much more They also received information about the upcoming research expeditions such as The Red Sea Shark Week, Shipwrecks and Deep Sea Research, Climate change and Global Warming Research Expedition, and the Red Sea Dolphins and Turtles Expedition which will be conducted this year on board the R/V Amr Ali Red Sea Defender. Participants also received a lecture on the importance of small organisms such as Plankton and their role in the food chain and they've got the chance to practically use the Microscopes to inspect some samples of Plankton which can't be usually observed by eye-sight.

02 Dec2017

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HEPCA hosts local Marsa Alam students on board the R/V Amr Ali - Red Sea Defender

Over the past years HEPCA has taken the mission to raise environmental consciousness and grow passion for our natural resources among our community, especially our younger generations. The future of the Red Sea depends on environmentally conscious youth with an appreciation of its natural resources As part of the USAID/Egypt LIFE - Red Sea Sustainable Growth II Project which is a U.S. Government-funded project implemented in coordination with HEPCA. The project seeks to raise the standard of living within the southern Red Sea, and promoting environmental conservation and awareness; HEPCA is currently hosting students from local public schools in Marsa Alam and the southern Red Sea on board of our educational Vessel R/V Amr Ali - The Red Sea Defender to attend our educational programs with the aim of creating a whole generation of Red Sea Defenders The R/V Amr Ali - Red Sea Defender boat is a project supported by the U.S. Forest Service an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture; is fitted with many of the latest educational tools and equipment, which enables students to learn about the ecosystems and engage in experiments designed to increase their knowledge about its conservation Participants also received a lecture on the importance of small organisms such as Plankton and their role in the food chain and get the chance to practically use the Microscopes and other lab equipment to inspect some samples of Plankton, Bacteria and some Algae, tiny crustaceans and many other organisms which can't be usually observed by eye-sight Our hope and aim is to create an environmentally conscious youth, aware of the importance of the natural resources of the Red Sea, and who believes in the value of conserving these riches for the generations to come as a national and patriotic duty and one of the cornerstones of building a strong tourism industry in the region, which is one of the most important economic sectors in Egypt

23 Nov2017

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HEPCA provides PADI training for local Ababda as part of the USAID/Egypt LIFE – Red Sea Sustainable Growth II Project

USAID/Egypt LIFE – Red Sea Sustainable Growth II Project is a U.S. Government-funded project implemented in coordination with HEPCA. The project seeks to raise the standard of living within the southern Red Sea, all the while promoting environmental conservation and awareness As part of the project, HEPCA provided a training course for 10 participants from the local community of the southern red sea "Ababda".The training focused on professional diving training and skills development and advanced technical training on mooring installation and maintenance further to become a member of the HEPCA's mooring unit. From first levels of diving until becoming professional divers Over one year; HEPCA provided knowledge development and practical sessions according to the highest international standards of the diving industry. followed by a intensive training on mooring systems under the supervision of our mooring team We are glad to announce that 4 participants made it to the end of the training and now they're ready to perform their duties in Southern Red Sea HEPCA would like to thank the Professional Association of Diving Instructors PADI for providing our new team members with training manuals and certifications

02 Oct2017

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HEPCA renews Solid Waste Management contract to Marsa Alam and the Southern Red Sea.

HEPCA renews Solid Waste Management contract to Marsa Alam and the Southern Red Sea. HEPCA embarked into the field of Solid Waste Management in Marsa Alam in 2007 by establishing the first recycling plant at the industrial zone in Marsa Alam city, collecting waste from 18 hotels & resorts covering the area between Port Ghalib at the north and Wadi El Gemal at the south with a collection capacity of 80 to 100 tons per day. Very soon the waste collection scheme has increased to cover 35 facilities with a capacity of 150 to 200 tons per day In August 2009, a protocol was signed between the Red Sea Governorate and HEPCA; this protocol consigned the responsibility of Solid Waste Management in the Marsa Alam City to HEPCA; with no financial burden on the government as hepca provide the service free of charge and supported by the local resorts and touristic facilities HEPCA has always put into accounts the social dimension of the population of the southern Red Sea especially in light of the deterioration of natural pastures resulting from the lack of rainfall, which had a negative impact on livestock of the region's population of Abbabda tribes who depend on them as their main source of livelihood HEPCA has been the transfer of organic wastes directly and free of charge to their areas, which resulted in the growth of the livestock to those tribes as the number of families benefiting directly from this service to about 80 families. While the solid waste is taken to the recycling plant for segregation & more phases of recycling HEPCA signed a contract with the Red Sea Governorate to continue the Soild Waste Management for Marsa Alam. Our development management plan includes an extension of the coverage area and include Hamate and the southern villages to our daily service route 15th September - Shark Week for Environmental Researchers by HEPCA and the Financial Sustainability of protected areas project (EEAA- UNDP-GEF) As part of the protocol between HEPCA and the Financial Sustainability of protected areas project (EEAA- UNDP-GEF), a Shark week (field training trip) has launched this morning for a group of environmental researchers from the Red Sea and Gulf of Aqaba national parks. HEPCA invited the international expert Mr. Gerhard Wegner - president of Shark Project organization and 2 of his team Ms. Barbara Szvetits & Ms. Brigitta Uitz to carry out the training. The training program aims to provide researchers with the following skills: -Sharks Monitoring methods. -Sharks behavior & The factors Impacting the behavior . -Proper management of shark attacks incidents. -Code of conduct to encounter sharks by divers & snorkelers. This training is part of the joint goal of HEPCA and the Ministry of Environment to increase the capabilities of environmental researchers in the red sea & Gulf of Aqaba national parks , which ultimately contribute to the conservation of the unique natural resources of the Red Sea.

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