Egyptian Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad and Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled al-Ananiy held an extensive meeting to prepare for Egypt’s hosting of the COP27 conference on Climate Change in Sharm el-Sheikh.
Fouad explained that the meeting discussed aspects of cooperation between the two ministries before the convening of the conference, and the measures being taken to cooperate in regards to the “sustainable tourism strategy” and the environmental standards it includes for hotels, restaurants, the green list and the eco-lodge guide.
The meeting discussed the steps taken in order to transform Sharm el-Sheikh’s city into a greener city. Also, the conversion of transport within the city to natural or electric gas is being studied.
She also mentioned that they dealt with the steps that will be taken in order to increase the efficiency of hotels in Sharm el-Sheikh, the steps that will be required to obtain the green marks, and the training courses that workers will receive to improve their abilities, as well the procedures that will be followed for diving centers to obtain this green mark.
The Minister of Environment stated that the meeting covered coordination to prepare eco-tourism trips for delegations to Egypt to visit archaeological sites. These trips will not be limited to Sharm el-Sheikh. They will also visit Luxor, Aswan, and Cairo where they will learn more about the environmental projects in these areas.
She indicated that the conference will be attended by nearly 30,000 participants from all over the globe.
Fouad stressed that the ministry’s current campaign, which highlights Egyptian success stories in addressing climate change, and Sharm el-Sheikh’s transformation to a green town, is important. This campaign will encourage Egypt’s eco-tourism over the next period.
The Minister praised Tourism Ministry’s role in sustainable and ecological tourism, which has yielded many international results. She also highlighted the contribution of the Ministry of Tourism to the organization of the Sharm el-Sheikh Climate Conference.