Public Awareness is key to the success of a conservation strategy.
HEPCA is involved in a large number of environmental awareness raising activities targeted at the local community, schools, tourism industry, and service providers.There is a fundamental balance to be found within the Red Sea region; between the growth of the economy and development of international commerce, against long-term actions that ensure the sustainability of valuable habitats and connected flora and fauna.
HEPCA's key in bridging these two perspectives lies within the public awareness platform through its research and educational campaigns to provide the communities with knowledge and understanding of the interconnections that exemplify the structure of the Red Sea region. It is the only way we can ensure proper management of our region's natural resources.
During the last two decades, the Red Sea living resources have suffered seriously from various human impacts including illogical land use and intensive coastal development, over use of marine resources, overfishing, pollution, and illegal curio trade. Although the extremely high value of Egyptian resources of the Red Sea from ecological and economical point of views is recognized, little attention has been given to the study of living marine resources of the region. It is clear that most research on the Red Sea resources are focused on a short term rather than long term, mainly due to lack of scientific set up including research facilities and accommodation. Though, this is set to completely change with the opening of HEPCA's Marine Research & Visitor Center where its ongoing research projects in Red Sea corals and marine mammals will expand and include many other scientific interventions.