From mitigation to adaptation
We are going even further by supporting Egypt’s adaption to climate change, prioritizing integrated solutions that strengthen resilience from future shocks.
For example, Egypt adopted a comprehensive water strategy in 2018 to mitigate water scarcity resulting from climate change and growing consumption. The European Development Partners contribute to the financing of the water and wastewater projects to adapt to climate change. This includes the Kafr El Sheik Wastewater Treatment Plan to which the EIB provided €77 million, the Fayoum Wastewater expansion project with an EIB contribution of €126 million, and the Kitchener Drain project, to which theEIB provided €214 million.
Resilience is at the heart of our project to support one million farmers in 500 villages in partnership with the World Food Programme. This successful partnership helps smallholders face future environmental threats through the use of solar power plants and promoting sustainable water management and efficiency through irrigation water supply modalities.
To promote food security, a number of development programmes are being implemented in partnership with USAID, which includes the new Luxor wastewater stabilization and treatment plant. This has the capacity to serve up to 332 000 people through 2037 and uses energy-efficient technologies, as well as learning centres that train farmers on how to increase their productivity through applying smart farming technologies.
Harnessing the opportunities
It is time to recognize the opportunities that exist in going green. We are shifting our narrative from one that focuses on threats to one that puts emphasis on the opportunities of growth, collaboration and implementation of successful projects.
We have to turn the risks into the impetus for radical change, a change to promote a cleaner environment, healthier citizens, a productive and an inclusive economy and choose our people and planet as the main stakeholders.