Environmentalists could be forgiven for thinking that lessons have not been learnt from the mass development of the Hurghada coastline. Over 3 million cubic meters of beach coastline and coral reef have already been destroyed to accommodate tourists in 5 star hotels. This is one of the Red Sea’s most tragic environmental catastrophes of which we are still paying the price.
The coral reef of the Red Sea is like an oasis in the Sahara Desert. The reefs of the Egyptian Red Sea make up just 0.1% of the total area, and yet they are responsible for the preservation of all the marine life in these waters. Without the reef the fish and marine life would have no shelter or nutrients and would ultimately die.
We want to make it clear that HEPCA isn’t against tourism and development. We are simply advocating for tourism and development conducted in a responsible and sustainable manner; with a long-term vision that will ensure the long-term sustainability of the Red Sea’s precious resources.
Within the community of the south, an important new movement is arising. The community, represented by an international network of divers, nature lovers, and eco-tourists, are committed to promoting a tourism model based around the natural heritage and biological diversity of the southern Red Sea.
HEPCA’s presence in the Marsa Alam region is widely felt through our projects encompassing resource monitoring & management, public awareness campaigns, solid waste management strategy, mooring system, and community development.
Drawing upon our determination in this area, HEPCA joins forces with the community and spearhead the campaign to enforce sustainable development and re-align the area as an ‘Eco-escape’.