Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, congratulated Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, and officials from the Ministry of Environment, the Agency for Environmental Affairs and the World Bank Group on the successful completion of the implementation of the project for sustainable management of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), which was funded through two grants from the Global Environment Facility in the amount of 8.1 million US dollars, and the Trust Fund Pollution Management and Environmental Health, worth 750,000 US dollars, under the supervision of the World Bank.
This came during the speech of Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, at the closing ceremony of the project for sustainable management of persistent organic pollutants, after the project succeeded in getting rid of about 2,000 tons of persistent and high-risk organic pesticides and oils contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, Dr. Ali Abu Sneh, Executive Director of the Environmental Affairs Agency, representatives of the Ministries of Agriculture, Land Reclamation, Electricity, and Renewable Energy, and Ms. Marina Weiss, Country Director for Egypt, Yemen and Djibouti at the World Bank, at the Cultural and Environmental Education Center (Cairo House) in Fustat.
The Minister of International Cooperation praised the efforts of cooperation and coordination between all relevant parties, as the efforts of the participating Egyptian ministries (the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Electricity), as well as the World Bank Group and the project management team, had the effect of making this project a pioneering and successful model of Models of development cooperation, starting from the negotiation stage and ending with its successful implementation, which will enable us to build on that in formulating more priority projects with development partners that are characterized by technical efficiency and facilitated development financing, as this will help achieve the priorities of the Egyptian government in order to achieve sustainable development.
The Minister of International Cooperation said that this project, which we celebrate successfully completed, aimed to improve the management of organic pollutants and dispose of old pesticide stocks, including persistent organic pollutants, in an environmentally sound manner, as the project contributed to the disposal of 1076 tons of obsolete highly dangerous pesticides, stressing However, the approach of the Egyptian government, represented by the Ministry of International Cooperation, is to make the citizen the focus of attention and the basis and goal of development cooperation projects, which is reflected in the number of citizens or residents benefiting from this project, reaching 23.3 million people; In addition, the project contributed to strengthening capacity building through training representatives of Egyptian ministries, and building national capacities in the field of inventory, classification and safe disposal of pesticides for the Ministries of Agriculture and Electricity, as well as local companies.
Dr. Rania Al-Mashat referred to Egypt’s close cooperation with the World Bank, as it is a strategic partner for Egypt in the framework of international development cooperation through various forms, including issuing important reports and studies, implementing strategic projects and providing technical assistance in various fields that serve Egypt’s Vision 2030 and sustainable development goals. 2030, and the World Bank supports development efforts in Egypt to improve environmental quality and climate action, which is something we all seek to crystallize all efforts, especially under the presidency of Egypt.
In light of the fruitful cooperation with the World Bank and the Ministry of Environment, Al-Mashat explained that the $200 million “Greater Cairo Project for Air Pollution and Climate Change Management” is currently being implemented, which aims to improve air quality in Greater Cairo, in addition to enabling better dealing with current high levels of pollution.
Al-Mashat added that a draft climate and development report for Egypt CCDR is also being prepared, which will help
To assess the risks to development from climate change and identify opportunities for timely and climate-appropriate mitigation and adaptation actions by both
The public and private sectors are also collaborating in preparation for the new CEA Environmental Analytical Study for Egypt. marine, circular economy, pollution/waste management, green finance
Al-Mashat pointed out that this project is directly related to achieving the sustainable development goals, especially Goal No. 11 “sustainable local cities and communities” and Goal No. 13 “Climate action,” which gives it additional importance, especially in light of Egypt’s presidency and its hosting of the twenty-seventh session of the Conference of Parties Cop27. She stressed that the completion of the project and the implementation of its development objective before the twenty-seventh session of the Conference of the Parties would support the efforts made in the framework of climate action, especially in light of the Egyptian government’s keenness and endeavor to preserve the environment and create a sustainable ecosystem by reducing particulate matter emissions by 50 percent. .
Al-Mashat pointed out that during 2021, the Ministry of International Cooperation provided 230 million US dollars to finance environmental projects in cooperation with development partners, whether at the multilateral or bilateral level, and the Ministry of International Cooperation continues to cooperate through partnerships and dialogue with development partners to support the efforts of the Egyptian state and ministries and national institutions towards climate action and green transformation.
For her part, Minister of Environment, Dr. Yasmine Fouad, praised the Ministry of Environment’s success through the project on sustainable management of persistent organic pollutants in eliminating the Egyptian and global environment, which exceeds 2,000 tons of pesticides, stagnant and abandoned high-risk pesticides and oils polluted with PCBs, which are listed on the Convention Stockholm for persistent organic pollutants, which Egypt was one of the first signatories to, which confirms Egypt’s commitment to international conventions and charters.
The Minister of Environment also expressed her happiness with this project, noting her participation in the drafting of the project since she was responsible for the international cooperation file with the Environmental Affairs Agency in 2010, in light of the problems facing the Egyptian environment from persistent organic pesticides, stagnant and abandoned pesticides, high risk and polluted oils. which were present in some places, such as the oils in Al-Saff warehouse in Giza, and the danger of this store to the surrounding population, noting that the project exceeded the idea of getting rid of 2000 tons of persistent organic pollutants and extended to preserving human health.
The Minister of Environment added that the project succeeded in achieving a number of achievements, including the decision of the Minister of Agriculture not to have abandoned pesticides on the ground, and the application of the law firmly to anyone who violates this, and the use of technology based on treating oils from electrical transformers while they are in service, in addition to acquiring trained labor and not The need for international experts, the localization of technology and the integration of the environmental dimension into the development sectors in the country.
The Minister of Environment confirmed the success of the project in implementing its components, as the first component aimed at the safe disposal of 1,000 tons of pesticides, persistent organic pollutants and highly dangerous stagnant pesticides, and the second component aimed at the safe disposal of 1,000 tons of electrical transformer oils.
polluted with polychlorinated biphenyl, pointing to the addition of a new component through which the ministry’s laboratories were supported with the latest equipment and training to support the ministry’s capabilities in monitoring air quality in Greater Cairo. Al-Adabiya Port in Suez, where it was stored in a transit shipment of landine of unknown origin, amounting to about 220 tons, which remained in it for more than 20 years. It was transported outside Egypt to be burned in special ovens in France. It was also transported and burned in special ovens in Sweden and France, along with all the waste resulting from the disposal process.
The Minister of Environment indicated that the project, in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, is counting, classifying and analyzing samples of pesticides from different locations in many governorates. And this was actually implemented after reaching the size of the containers needed for this, and some quantities that were counted in a number of ports were added.
The Minister of Environment added that the project also succeeded in achieving the second component by safely disposing of 1,000 tons of electric transformer oils
Polluted polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) by treating and reusing them and achieving great economic savings because they are expensive, noting that after preparing the necessary scientific studies, the decision was taken to import two mobile treatment units for these oils after examining more than 13,000 electrical transformers in cooperation with the Ministry of Electricity and training in taking and analyzing Samples by leading experts in Egypt and the world.
The Minister of Environment added that the two units represent the latest technologies in this field, as they are characterized by the treatment of oils without the need to separate the electrical transformer from the service, as they can be used to get rid of other pollutants, in addition to their high safety factors. And the Ministry of Environment has drawn up a plan to establish a special unit for the two treatment units to serve other sectors and Arab and African countries.
The Minister of Environment explained that the ministry succeeded in implementing the project through a scientific approach that applies the highest international standards and specifications and the standards of the United Nations, with the help of senior experts and major international companies, through a clear vision that crystallized in the various stages of implementation, where attention was paid to training, building national capacities, transferring and settling the best technologies and providing Infrastructure of equipment and laboratories to achieve continuity and work was done through full coordination with partners, the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility, the Ministries of Agriculture and Electricity and other parties, as well as the project’s keenness to achieve a sustainable development approach taking into account the economic and social dimensions. The project also made continuous communication with citizens in areas The project work and get acquainted with their views and impressions about the activities of the project, noting that the project conducted studies to assess the environmental impact of its various activities.
The Minister of Environment added that Egypt now possesses qualified cadres to take the various necessary scientific steps in this regard, as well as the latest technologies and achieve continuity.
The Minister of Environment also thanked all the personalities and authorities who carried out and worked on the formulation of this project, thanking Dr. Salah Selimat, Dr. Raouf Okasha, Dr. Mamdouh Sharaf, Dr. Ahmed Mahina, and the former head of the pesticides committee at the Ministry of Agriculture, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kamal Tolba, as well as all the partners from the Egyptian ministries. And the World Bank on the success of this project and the disposal of pollutants that have existed for more than 30 years.
Mrs. Marina Weiss, Country Director for Egypt, Yemen and Djibouti at the World Bank, expressed her happiness with the project, which achieved results that go beyond its goals, as a result of the wonderful cooperation between all concerned parties, and her pride in the project’s ability to expand factories, increase their capacity, and establish a follow-up and monitoring unit for these pollutants, as it achieved its goals. sustainable development, noting that the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility are proud of this project, whose achievements have become a great role model at the global level.
Marina Wess said that these achievements demonstrate Egypt’s commitment to the established agenda and its commitment to the environmental agenda and environmental agenda, especially with regard to Egypt’s 2050 strategy, as well as its hosting of the 27th Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, stressing the continuation of the partnership at the level of other projects funded by the World Bank, especially the project Cairo Air and Environmental Assessment Project which will be evaluated and submitted to international organizations soon.