The Regional Organization for Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden “PERSGA” in collaboration with the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency “EEAA” organized a National Workshop on Wastewater Management and the Risk of Seasonal Surface Runoff and Contamination of Groundwater on the Coastal Development in the Red Sea Governorates. The workshop was supported by the United nations Environmental Program “UNEP” through the Global Wastewater Initiative “GWI II” and took place at the Centre of Emergency Mutual Aid in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden “EMARSGA” during the period May 20th - 22nd 2015.
The workshop comes in implementation of the Regional Protocol of Protecting the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities, signed in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, September 2005; and in the EEAA concerns for managing and protecting the coastal and marine resources in the Red Sea Coastal Area.
The workshop was attended by about 35 participants representing different national authorities and agencies concerned with wastewater and flood risk management in the Red Sea governorate.
It provided an effective platform for participants to exchange views and expertise on the subject of the workshop. Several aspects have been discussed, including floods risk management, impact of wastewater from boats, wastewater treatment techniques and situation generally in Egypt and specifically in the Red Sea. Participants were provided with full copies of the training materials including PowerPoint presentations. The participants expressed their satisfaction with the course and indicated that they will be using the material they learned in their job and will be able to spread the information to more colleagues.
A set of recommendations has been stipulated at the end of the workshop that would help in protection of human and environmental health and support Egypt to deal more successfully with wastewater and manage surface water runoff to be benefit from fresh water and avoid risks. Some of the important recommendations are the necessity to enhance the wastewater treatment practices and recover the cost, which secures sustainability; to control wastewater discharge from pleasure and fishing boats; and take all necessary precautions to avoid use of primary treated wastewater in locations of seasonal runoff and locations that may lead to contamination of groundwater.
The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden