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Egyptian – Italian Environmental Cooperation Program (EIECP) – Capacity Building and Institutional Support for the Nature Conservation Sector (NCS)

February 13, 2011

Project overview


The “Capacity Building and Institutional Support to the Nature Conservation Sector of the MSEA/EEAA Project (referred to as NCSCB / Nature Conservation Sector Capacity Building Project) is one of the components of the Egyptian-Italian Environmental Cooperation Program (EIECP) – Phase II. This project has been designed as part of a fully integrated Protected Area component of the EIECP, which includes also three other projects to support the management of the Wadi el Rayan, Siwa and Elba Protected Areas respectively.

The Nature Conservation Sector is part of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, and is the government body responsible for nature conservation in Egypt. The NCS is entrusted with overseeing compliance of habitat and species protection legislation and commitments to international conventions for the conservation of nature. Its mandate is “to protect, manage and develop Egypt’s wild resources on behalf of its people, by conserving the nation’s biological diversity, preserving representative samples of the country’s natural landscape, and ensuring that the management and use of all wild resources are sustainable and economically productive”. One of the principal tasks of the NCS is the management of the National Protected Area Network which, as of January 2007, is composed of 27 Protected Areas.


The NCSCB project aims at building the capacity of this institution at the central level, while providing overall technical backstopping to the three other projects operating at the field level. The project focuses on the core business of the NCS by ensuring that the institutional capacity of the department is progressively enhanced and that the performance of its staff is continuously upgraded. Besides contributing to the strengthening of Nature Conservation Sector in terms of human, financial and physical resources, the project is helping develop NCS as the main actor promoting the wise use of natural resources in the country.


The project is directly implemented by EEAA/NCS, with Technical Assistance from IUCN- The World Conservation Union. This organization, through its Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (based in Malaga, Spain), is providing technical and managerial support with a team of long and short-term international experts.

Project objectives

In line with the general objectives and strategic approach of the EIECP, the project is pursuing the following objectives:

As overall objective:

To enhance EEAA capacity to plan and implement nature conservation a sustainable basis, thus contributing to the preservation and protection of the biotic communities of plants and animals, as well as other natural features constituting Egypt’s natural and biodiversity assets.

As specific objectives:

1. Support the NCS in implementing its mandate to establish and manage a representative national system of PAs, by enhancing its technical capacity in the following key areas: (i) PA planning, (ii) EIA and licensing of economic activities, (iii) monitoring, evaluation and reporting, (iv) public relations and marketing.

2. Provide comprehensive backstopping to the three protected areas supported by the EIECP (Wadi El Rayan, Gabal Elba and Siwa), as demonstration sites for testing and implementing innovative procedures aiming at the effective decentralisation of NCS management functions. 

3. Capitalize on site-specific field activities and lessons learnt in the three protected areas (Wadi El Rayan, Gabal Elba and Siwa) as well as other pertinent lessons both nationally and internationally, so as to enhance NCS capacity to replicate positive outcomes throughout the national network of protected areas, formulate general policy and report to the key international conventions to which Egypt is a party.


Based on the project’s objectives, five key outputs have been identified, each arising from a series of targeted activities.

 1. The institutional and technical capacities of the NCS are strengthened

 2. The EIA, licensing and legal capacities of the NCS are enhanced.

 3. Pilot management plans are developed and standardized and a national system plan for protected areas is formulated 

 4. A central system of monitoring, evaluation and reporting is established

 5. Effective marketing and public relations activities are promoting the NCS as the leading institution supporting biodiversity conservation in Egypt

This piece is taken from the website of the Egyptian – Italian Environmental Cooperation Program (EIECP).

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