The Minister of Environment, Yasmine Fouad, met on Sunday with Janet Heckman, the managing director of Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region (SEMED) at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, in order to discuss the collaboration between the ministry and the bank in recycling wastes.
During the meeting, Fouad praised the level of collaboration between the bank and the ministry in several environmental projects in Egypt. She also stressed the necessity of supporting the wastes recycling manufacturing in order to provide job opportunities for youth, increase the industrial base, boost investments, and protect the environment.
Moreover, the meeting also discussed setting a roadmap for the cooperation between the bank and the ministry in using wastes and agricultural wastes, and using it as a fuel in order to decrease carbon dioxide emissions from Egyptian industries. The meeting also discussed supporting environmental tourism in protected areas and increasing its economic use in accordance with the environmental conditions.
Fouad further said that her ministry tends to recycle bare palm branches. The meeting also discussed Egypt’s presidency over the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP14), and Fouad’s last visit to Germany in order to benefit from the German experience in recycling wasters in cooperation with the ministries of military production and local development.