MWC Egypt: Inter-Sectorial Corporation in Zaranik
30 July 2005
par Web Team
In the process of dredging and rehabilitating Lake Zaranik, MedWetCoast-Egypt has agreed with both the Institute for Fish Resources and El-Nasr Salt Company, to share in dredging the Zaranik inlet and linking it with the Abu-Salah inlet through an underwater channel that would extend 5 km in length and 64 m in breadth.
The decision came after the Zaranik bughaz ,which links Lake Zaranik with the Mediterranean, had been blocked with debris. This had caused many problems amongst which was the shallowing of the lake and the damage to ecological and biodiversity balance. Thus, this idea was born after deliberations with local fishermen communities.
Since this ambitious plan’s cost of around LE 2, 385,000 exceeds the capacity of its three sponsors, it was decided to temporarily start with a first phase rather than postpone the project. The first phase consists of dredging the inlet and digging a 2 km long under-water channel. Work in the first phase has already commenced and is expected to an estimated LE 1, 200, 000.
Through this step MedWetCoast-Egypt does not only move towards its goal of conserving biological diversity and improving local communities’ livelihoods, but also strengthens the notion of the inter-sectorial cooperation it always advocates.
Webteam for Injy Galal, National Information Officer, MedWetCoast- Egypt