Members & projects
Ninety million people live in the Nile Delta, which is facing a number of threats. The collection of surplus irrigation water in drainage canals is threatened by salinization and pollution. Also, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will reduce water flow into Egypt. So more efficient irrigation strategies and agricultural practices will be needed. Further, the Aswan dam is causing fertile sediments to be retained in Lake Nasser and sand supply to the coastal zone to stop, causing coastal erosion. Sand retention by tourist resorts along the Mediterranean coast is also causing erosion. Further, salinization is occurring in densely built-up areas along the low-lying coastal strip. These problems will be exacerbated by sea-level rise and land subsidence.
The Egyptian-Dutch Water Panel is helping through pollution control, waste water treatment, and ’working with nature’ shore protection schemes. The Panel has launched a Coastal Zone Management Master Plan and a feasibility study for the seaward extension of Port Said, which links to the Canal Zone Development Plan.