Lake Manzala Engineered Wetland Project
This project, being implemented by the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, is demonstrating an approach to achieving sustainable development while addressing deteriorating water quality in Lake Manzala. The project will empower local residents and build the capacity of nongovernmental organizations and government institutions to achieve Egyptian self-sufficiency in an innovative technology.
Specific objectives include
Activities Capacity building.
This component will increase capability for sustainable development in managing Lake Manzala, including local and national participation. This involves activities to
Engineered wetland technology.
This component will demonstrate a low-cost, efficient method of treating large bodies of water in Egypt and promoting a cleaner Mediterranean Sea.This will involve
In addition, biomass will be harvested and processed into marketable products. The clean effluent water will be used for an aquaculture facility to produce juvenile fish stock for the lake and other aquaculture ventures. Benefits Reduce pollution flowing into Lake Manzala and the Mediterranean Sea Protect diversity and enhance habitats of fish, bird, and other aquatic species Reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from anoxic drain water Improve economic well-being and health of local residents Strengthen local and national institutions in project delivery and implementation Demonstrate sustainable, low-cost alternative to traditional waste treatment Increase environmental awareness of local citizens
Project document signed in June 1997. Long delays in preparatory process in view of identification need to move location of wetland which entailed new socio-economic, engineering, biochemical, etc. surveys. New project site identified and allocated on 28 April 1998 after six months of negotiations between senior Government and UNDP officials. Project implementation underway. (cr:6may99)
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|Project Status||Project Completion|
Nov 30, 1992 12:00
Jun 29, 2001 12:00
|Focal Area||International Waters|
|GEF Allocation to project||6.63M US$|
|Total Cost of the project:||11.89M US$|
|Lead Implementing Agency||United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)|