MedWetCoast Project for conservation of Wetlands and Coastal Ecosystems in the Mediterranean Region MedWetCoast Project for conservation of Wetlands and Coastal Ecosystems in the Mediterranean Region
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Status and description of the MedWetCoast Sites in Egypt
Saturday 21 October 2000, by Web Team

(JPEG) Status

- Zaranik : Site is a protected area by law, Ramsar Site, 60000 ha which includes terrestrial and saltmarsh habitat and the eastern tip of lake Bardawil.
- Burullus : Site is a protected area by law, Ramsar Site, 59500 ha which is the lake surface area.
- Omayed : Site is a protected area by law, Biosphere reserve, 150 000 ha which includes mainly sand dunes, inland ridges and plateaux.

Threats

- Zaranik : Claims of property rights within the reserve boundaries (Over-grazing and wood extraction) Potential future consequences of Salam Canal (Waste water and agricultural drainage, Rapid urbanisation and development).
- Burullus : Extensive pressure on fish resources (Pollution from waste water and agricultural drainage) Disturbances in water inflow and circulation - Erosion of the coastal stretch - Negative impacts of invasive species.
- Omayed : Dense and continuous tourist resorts along the coastline (Quarrying on the ridges) Overgrazing and hunting activities - Agricultural and urban development along the canal - New international highway crossing the reserve.

(JPEG) Sites Protection through management planning

- Ensure legal protection status of site
- Establish participatory management structures at local level
- Divert threats away from sensitive areas
- Regulation enforcement and wardening at sites level
- Intersectoral planning
- Establish pilot operations with local people
- Ensure compatibility with biodiversity conservation

MedWetCoast protetected areas (JPEG)







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