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Our Goal

The Italian Egyptian Environmental Cooperation Program third phase (EIECP III) aims at further developing Egypt's protected areas (PAs) system, mainly with the view of establishing income-generating mechanism and, thus, facilitate the process for mobilizing resources toward the financial sustainability of the Egypt's PAs system.


Egyptian Italian Environmental Cooperation Phase III


Support to the Nature Conservation Sector to promote community-based income-generating mechanisms for the management of Egypt's protected areas (PAs) system.

Local Communities Support


The Government of Egypt and local communities have strengthened mechanisms for sustainable management of and sustainable access to natural resources such as land, water and ecosystems.


The Eco-tourism is a type of tourism that is designed to contribute to the protection of the environment or at least minimize damage to it, often involving travel to areas of natural interest. It is the business of providing tourism related activities that are not harmful to the environment of the area.

In this context the project has implemented a series of workshops with all relevant stakeholders toward sitting of a National Strategy for Eco-Tourism as a part of Ecotourism Program as an important pillar of the CBNRM model.


The full methodology of the project is to implement the community based resources schemes which contain five pillars which focus on achieving the following objectives:

  • The Strengthening community organizations
  • Establish formalized co-management practices
  • Tourism as a tool for conservation and sustainable management of resources
  • New opportunities for livelihood
  • Grow volume of benefits and number of beneficiaries
  • Practices for sustainable use of resources
  • Communities involved in management and protection of resources
  • Raise awareness around CBNRM and environmental education
  • Understanding of management guidelines, regulations and rules
  • More responsible resource users


The project outputs include Three main pillars:


The project is funded by the Italian agency for development cooperation, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme in cooperation with the Egyptian Environmental 


The CBNRM schemes is being developed and implemented to promote sustainable development in a number of project Intervention Areas, identified as those spatial domains where the services provided by the ecosystem safeguarded by the Protected Areas (PAs) focused by EIECP III are used. In this way, local communities are engaged in the management of PAs with the view of enhancing the efficacy in preserving natural ecosystems and cultural heritages.

What We Do


One of the major programs of the project is “community empowerment” where the project has implemented a series of programs to build and raise the capacities of the community, including the programs of the development of handicrafts (Leather products & accessories). The program was attended by a large number of women, with nearly 100 women participating in the program.


Where We Work


The project is mainly investigating the potentials and promoting the application of Community based natural resources management (CBNRM) mechanisms in and around Egypt’s protected areas. Tourism also is considered as an engine of growth for both the national economy and the development of the local community, however it is a vulnerable economic sector. For that reason, while keeping the tourism pivotal role in local development, the project is pursuing the integration of all other potential economic activities such as agriculture, ranging and fishing.

Being of the third phase of a long term program, the project continues working in the same areas focused in pervious phases of the very program:

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