About EGP

The Programme has been effectively functioning in the Centre of Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) Since 2011. The primary goal is to promote institutional capacity development and community empowerment, participatory natural resources management, resilience of people and ecosystems, and enhancement of sustainable livelihoods, with specific focus on women and youth.

It revolves around five cross-cutting themes, each addressing crucial aspects of environmental governance. These themes include rural development and food security, climate resilience and nature-based solutions, waste governance and circular economy, biodiversity conservation and rangeland development, and Community empowerment.

We take pride in our pioneering achievements. For instance, we managed to register the Geographical Indication (GI) for the first time in Egypt, ensuring the protection and recognition of unique local products (Matrouh Figs, Matrouh Barrani Grapes, and Matrouh Olives).  Additionally, we are designing and implementing nature-based solutions for water and ecosystem resilience in Egypt, contributing to sustainable water management and environmental conservation.

The EGP developed the first draft of legislation for sustainable rangelands management and combating desertification, which is currently under discussion by the Egyptian Parliament.

EGP Objectives

  1. Implementing and managing long-term and short-term regional and national projects in various governorates in the areas of rural development, climate resilience, nature-based solutions, biodiversity conservation, and women and youth empowerment.
  2. Advocating for and working towards achieving six Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): climate action, zero hunger, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, life on land, and gender equality.
  3. Disseminating good practices and promoting the creation of resilient and sustainable ecosystems and communities.
  4. Adopting a participatory approach by involving local communities in the implementation and demonstration of fieldwork.
  5. Establishing and fostering national and local participatory natural resources management.
  6. Promoting sustainable livelihoods, with a specific focus on women and youth.
  7. By undertaking these activities, the Environmental Governance Program aims to effectively function under the auspices of the Centre of Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe, contributing to the overall goals of the program and making a positive impact on the environment and communities.

The Operational Principles for Implementation Are:

  • Empowering local communities
  • Applying Nexus approaches for policy coherence
  • Developing human capacities
  • Instigating stakeholders dialogue for concerted actions
  • Encouraging grassroots participation in natural resources planning and decision making processes
  • Facilitating national-to-local and local-to-national reach
  • Strengthening Gender role in natural resources management
  • Building partnerships for action
  • Supporting Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for community driven actions
  • Providing practical information for policy makers that stems from community experiences
  • Influencing standards and practices
  • Seeking sustainable results on the ground
  • Learning by doing
  • Adopting nature-based solutions to address development challenges
  • Building on local knowledge
  • Ensuring accountability and promoting responsibility
  • Documenting processes
  • Disseminating success stories and lessons learned

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