Egypt’s Protected Areas Self-Financing Project (EPASP) operates with the purpose of developing and conserving protected areas (Mahmeyat) in Egypt. Headquartered in Maadi, Cairo – EPASP aims to reduce the persisting threats to biodiversity in Egypt, and to develop a sustainable plan for reserving Egypt’s terrestrial and marine habitats that are of substantial global significance. We currently operate in 8 main sites with the purpose of establishing a sustainable financing system and associated management structures needed to ensure the effective use of generated revenues for nature and biodiversity conservation needs.
WHY ARE WE DOING THAT?
There are currently 30 Protected Areas (PAs) in Egypt that cover 148,023 km2, or about 15% of the nation’s total land area. Even though the country’s terrestrial species diversity is relatively low due to Egypt’s general aridity, many species are very narrowly distributed, making habitat conservation crucial to their survival. Marine biodiversity is also significant, with Egypt’s Red Sea coral reefs showing considerable endemism. There is also important genetic diversity; at least 143 species of threatened animals are to be found.
There are three main categories of persisting threats to biodiversity in Egypt:
- Conversion and/or destruction of natural habitats.
- Degradation of natural habitats.
- Unsustainable utilization of biodiversity resources.
Developing and conserving Protected Areas in Egypt is crucial since they have a critical role to play in reducing the above threats to Egypt’s biodiversity.
WHERE DO WE WORK?