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Sisi Committed to Protecting Nile, Natural Resources to Achieve Development

Sisi Committed to Protecting Nile, Natural Resources to Achieve Development

Sunday, 18 November, 2018 - 12:00
Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. (Reuters)
Cairo - Mohammed Nabil Helmi
Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi reiterated his commitment to preserving the Nile River, along with the other biological resources in line with the constitution and with the aim of achieving sustainable development.

The path of development takes into consideration the environment with all its dimensions to preserve natural resources and exploit them properly, he said during the opening of the 14th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, currently held in Sharm El Sheikh.

Sisi pointed to the “rational use of natural resources, preservation of animal, plant and fishing wealth and protection of what might be in danger or threatened with extinction.”

Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have been carrying out talks for six years now in an attempt to avoid harming Egypt’s share of the Nile River (estimated at 55.5 billion meter cubed) with Addis Ababa’s intention to build a dam on the river.

In September 2016, the three African countries reached an agreement with two French offices to conduct technical studies to determine the social, environmental and economic impacts of the construction of the dam.

However, negotiations have not yet reached definitive and satisfactory solutions for the parties.

On Saturday, Mexico officially delivered the presidency of the 14th Conference of the Parties to Egypt.

Sisi deemed “biodiversity as one of the most important humanitarian issues of the current era of which Egypt attaches special importance.”

Egypt is aware of the value of biodiversity as an essential element for achieving sustainable development and preserving the right of future generations to enjoy natural resources, he said.

He stated that despite efforts exerted since the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity in 1992, “Egypt has not been able to mobilize the international community to effectively address the ongoing degradation of biodiversity and has not been successful enough to achieve sustainable management of natural resources due to our inability to integrate diversity issues.”

He shed light on the challenges faced by the biological diversity, rapid deterioration and associated challenges facing different ecosystems, as well as the negative effects of climate change.

“We are facing the most serious challenges for humanity in our modern era,” Sisi remarked.

“The theme of our conference, which is ‘Investing in biodiversity for people and the planet’ is very favorable”

“It reflects our collective vision of the need to integrate the conservation of biodiversity in all aspects of human activity in a way that contributes to the conservation and sustainable management of natural resources,” he explained.

He said Egypt has adopted this approach in 2015 through the 2030 International Development Agenda, with its environmental objectives and commitments to strengthen international cooperation.

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