| MedWetCoast Quarterly Progress Report|
Egyptian Activities in the MedWetCoast framework
Period covered : October - December 2002
Monday 24 February 2003, by
During the period from October 2002 - December 2002, all project’s resources were allocated towards completing the management plan first drafts- complete with mapping, and exploring different alternative livelihoods for the local communities in the three sites - with the purpose of strengthening their participation in the management process. Construction of the Burullus Visitor Center has also been completed.
I Management Planning Process
Burullus Management Planning Document Finalized : Based on comments and feedback from the project’s management plan international expert, some minor revision of the document has been undertaken.
Zaranik Management Planning First Draft Finalized : The Zaranik Management planning first draft has been completed.
Omayed Management Planning Document Underway : The Omayed management planning first draft is expected to be completed by the end of January 2002.
Wetland Database and GIS (Annex I): Progress in spacializing data in database and GIS according to MedWetCoast methodology is underway as planned.
Implement Protected Area Infrastructure/Equipping of centers : Construction of the Burullus Protected Area Visitors Center has been completed in October 2002. Project resources will be allocated towards interior designing and equipping the center.
II. Communication/ Integration of target groups/local communities in process
A. Wise Use Incentive for Local Communities
Strategic Meeting with Dr. Emad Adly for GEF funding in project sites : A strategic meeting was held on Thursday 7/11/2002 with Dr. Adly, Dr. Al Kassas, Project’s Consultant; Dr. Bayoumi, UNDP representative; Dr. Elbadry, Project Manager; Ms. Sadek, Assistant Project Manager; Dr. Ghonem & Dr. Rihan, Sites Community Advisors. The focus of the meeting was different ways to provide wise use incentives for local communities for the three project sites, and potential partnerships between the MedWetCoast project and the GEF project.
Case Studies on cultural values in Zaranik and Burullus for the COP8 : With the conviction that supporting and improving the economic conditions of people inhabiting wetlands could only be achieved through a certain knowledge of people’s social, material and immaterial cultural life, based on the recommendation of the RFU and with the technical assistance of SEHUMED, the project has undertaken an ethnological and cultural survey of Zaranik and Burullus. Based on the latter, two posters highlighting the cultural heritage of Zaranik and Burullus were produced and presented in the Ramsar Convention in Valencia, in November 2002, where the project manager participated.
Preparation for the workshop for Burullus stakeholders and NGOs for income generating activities : Based on the strategic meeting held on 7/11/2002, preparations are underway for a workshop for Burullus stakeholders and NGOs for income generating activities. At present all efforts are exerted by the Site Community Advisors to complete an informal survey with the aim of identifying key issues, key target audience, and potential alternative livelihoods based on local human and physical resources. The workshop is scheduled for December 2002 or January 2003.
Omayed Annexes II
During the past year, considerable efforts have been exerted by the Community Development Advisor for Omayed to help develop and target several conservation and social issues that the local communities of Omayed deemed as priorities:
Illiteracy and Environmental Awareness Classes.
Purification and Restoration of Roman Wells.
Distributing Olive Seedlings.
Identifying a fixed location for Tourist villages waste disposal.
Teaching tricot inside one-class girls school.
Developing traditional Bedouin handicrafts.
Analysis Socio-economic Survey completed : A final report- complete with analysis- concerning the economic, social and demographic status for the local communities within the vicinities of Zaranik was completed. It is worth noting that this was the first time any of this data was ever incorporated in any survey.
Planting of acacia trees using participatory approach : An action plan aimed at the conservation and wise use of the natural plants which has been formulated by planting El-Akasia trees within the boundaries of the protectorate using the participatory approach to releive pressure on the natural vegetation within the site.The over-grazing activity and the daily cutting of shrubs for firewood will lead to the disappearance of the palatable species and the increase of unpalatable ones.Therefore planting El-Akasia trees will provide an additional source of fodder for animals and firewood for cooking.The planting season will be at the begining of march 2003.
Close contact with the Hanns-Seidel Foundation for the eco tourism in Zaranik : Coordination between the Hanns-Seidel foundation and the MedWetCoast project is ensured regarding the development of the Bird Land eco tourism landscape plan and proposal document. Validation of the latter with all relevant stakeholders is planned before approaching potential donors for project funding.
B. Public Awareness Campaign Annex III
Towards mobilizing people on both the local and the national level, a public awareness campaign is underway, utilizing different channels.
III. Networking and Training
The first international Conference on Protected Areas in Sharm El Sheikh (Annex IV) : Within the project’s efforts for sustainable development, MedWetCoast took part in the First Egyptian - International Conference on Protected Areas and Sustainable Development, held in Sharm El Sheikh, on 23 - 26 October 2002, under the auspices of H.E Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak Egypt’s First Lady.
Fieldwork training on monitoring environmental change : Within the framework of the National MWC training activities, Fieldwork training on monitoring environmental change, organized by the Albufera International Biodiversity group was held in Mallorca from 12-26 October 2002. Topics covered during the 10-day fieldwork included: Human and management monitoring studies; Fauna and flora survey with reference collections; habitat description and interpretation and education. Three Protected area manager s from the national component successfully completed the training.