Ras Mohammed Development Project
Egypt’s Protected Areas Self-Financing Project (EPASP), together with the Ministry of Environment and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have organized a workshop in Sharm El-Sheikh in December 2017 to discuss the development project that launched in Ras Mohamed Protected Area.
Secretary General of South Sinai Governorate Mahmoud Issa gives a keynote speech to commence the workshop in presence of Executive and Security Leaders of South Sinai, representatives of Official Authorities, members of the local and civil societies, members of the tourism sector, and South Sinai Chamber of Toursim.
EPASP Director Mahmoud Sarhan outlined the Ras Mohammed Protected Area Development Plan. Launching early December 2017, the project aims to develop the entrance of the park, and create a new gateway with a distinctive environmental design suitable for Ras Mohammed being the most important marine reserve in the world. The project will then design and install a set of information boards and directional guidelines that will provide interesting and useful information about Ras Mohamed’s habitats and natural resources. A variety of beaches will be developed and equipped with basic beach services such as umbrellas, environmentally friendly restrooms, visitors’ facilities, parking lot, as well as the main camping sites and the mangrove areas.
Construction designs were presented and discussed to ensure that the new developments cater to the needs of the community, visitors, and all users of the proteced area. A field visit to the park was also carried out after the workshop to discuss the project. The implementation of this project comes within the framework of the Ministry of Environment’s plan to develop Ras Mohammed in preparation for the Conference of Parties (COP14) for the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference scheduled to be hosted in Sharm El-Sheikh in November 2018.