Egypt supports efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change and is aware of the adverse impacts of these changes on the water sector, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aty has announced.
Abdel Aty attended Sunday a ceremony to plant a thousand olive, pomegranate, and berry trees in al-Qanater Charity Gardens, under an initiative launched by the Youth Love Egypt Foundation (YLE) in cooperation with Thyssenkrupp Foundation.
The Ministry of Irrigation sponsors such initiatives because it recognizes their importance in supporting adaptation to climate change, especially that Egypt will host the UN Climate Change Conference 2022 (COP 27), said the minister.
Egypt is also organizing the Fifth Cairo Water Week under "Water at the Top of the Global Climate Agenda."
The initiative comes within the 'Nile Tree' project launched by the YLE Foundation on World Environment Day, aiming to plant half a million trees over two years to adapt to climate change while ensuring the participation of residents in its various activities.
Under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation and in cooperation with Thyssenkrupp, the Foundation has planted a thousand fruit trees on both sides of the Dahshur Canal in Giza Governorate.
The research unit of the Foundation conducts a research study on these trees, ensuring their roots do not affect the rehabilitation work carried out on the canals.
The Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation has recently developed Aflah Park in El-Qanater El-Khayreya, over 13 acres. The development work included establishing the 'Walk of Egypt's People' outside the garden that has rare imported trees, some of which are 200-years-old.
The Ministry has also completed among others the development of the Garden of National Cultural Center, with an area of 9 acres, and the 6-acre Nile Garden.