20/04/2018 Role of MPAs and Importance of Ecotourism in Egypt (April, 2018)

A National Training workshop for senior media specialists has been held in Marsa Allam, Egypt for training on the Role of MPAs and importance of ecotourism in Egypt. Egypt MPAs represents more than 15% of the area of Egypt Looking for an optimal investment in national marine resources in it has become an emerging issue, during this process the planner and decision maker must take into consideration two major factors: 

  • Real development that contributes in attracting tourists. 
  • Efficient media that is capable of promoting these natural resources , higlitingthe biodiversity, supporting plans for maintenance and conservation of these natural resources.

This was revealed by the activities of the national training workshop for media specialists and the field visits in Marsa Alam under the auspices of Dr. Khaled Fahmy, Minister of Environment in Egypt, and the participation of PERSGA.The workshop was particularly important in the framework of Egypt\'s preparedness for hosting the Fourth Conference of the Parties to the International Convention on Biological Diversity CBD/COP/14, to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh in November 2018. Tourism can directly contribute to the conservation of sensitive areas and habitats through a range of activities and awareness rising.
The importance of biodiversity as pathways to ensure the long-term sustainability of tourism while also ensuring its positive contribution to biodiversity. PERSGA, in collaboration with its member States, has established at the top of its priorities the implementation action plans and programs that meet conservation, Including the training and regulation of diving activities and the reduction of Illegal fishing, and rising awareness of the real value of those living resources in the framework of eco-tourism, where one shark, could be a source of income for example, the view of one shark by tourists could generate up to $ 200 thousand annually, and another $ 200 thousand per year from diving with sharks. The average age of the shark ranges between 20 to 40 years, which means that it can achieve 48 million dollars during their life, while on the other hand catching it will only generate $120 as maximum, other studies also estimated that the view of the dugong could generates about 189 thousand dollars annually, the average live is 70 years so it might generate upto $ 13 million as a living resource, same for dolphin that could generate up to 91$ thousands annually, supporting 15 jobs for young Egyptian work in tourism industry. The workshop aimed at: 

  • Introducing senior journalists to nature resources and eco-tourism in Egypt.
  • Identify the role of media in supporting and promoting eco-tourism in Egypt.
  •  Highlight the challenges facing eco-tourism industry in Egypt and the available opportunities.
  • Access to media promotion mechanisms for the development of ecotourism in the Red Sea.
  • Presenting the role of the Ministry of Environment in supporting the MPAs in which eco-tourism  depends in Egypt.
  • Highlight the cooperation between the Ministry of Environment and the PERSGA and highlight its efforts in preserving the marine environment of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden