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El Gouna goes green

Sunday, 04 Feb, 2014 0

Egypt’s key Red Sea city, El Gouna, set to be the first carbon-neutral city in Africa

The Egyptian Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs is devising a strategy to transform the Red Sea city of El Gouna into a carbon-neutral city. Once achieved, El Gouna will officially be the first carbon-neutral city in Africa and one of the leading carbon-neutral cities in the world.

The project is designed to stimulate Egypt’s tourism industry and make an impression on a wider international audience. The project will also strengthen the Egyptian government’s efforts to develop the environment and tourism sectors.

It will have significant advantages for Egypt in protecting the environment and promoting tourism at local, regional, and international levels by incorporating the new transition to renewable energy.

The project represents an important step for Egypt towards achieving global environmental goals.

El Gouna is already recognised as Egypt’s most environmentally-friendly holiday destination. The city’s management has worked hard in cooperation with local hotels, businesses, residents and visitors to maintain, protect, and preserve its unique environment.

The town’s environmental programmes and grassroots environmental organisation paved the way for several awards; including the Green Globe and Travelife certifications leading to El Gouna’s selection as the pilot location for the Green Star Hotel Programme (GSHP).

 Mr. Hisham Zaazou, Egyptian Minister of Tourism, said: "El Gouna will be ready to obtain the title of first African, carbon-neutral city soon and we will be working on implementing this project in other Egyptian cities."

The Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, Dr. Laila Iskandar, confirmed that: "This agreement will help the Egyptian government to achieve a significant breakthrough in the fields of environment preservation and tourism, enhancing Egypt’s global image and opening the door for Egyptian tourism projects and cities to rank among the leading carbon-neutral cities."

More information http://www.elgouna.com

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