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Egypt to participate in World Clean-Up Day

Initiatives include campaigns to clean beaches and diving areas in the Red Sea as part of World Clean-Up Day 2019

Sara Seif, Sama Mamdouh , Wednesday 18 Sep 2019
Nile Clean-up
Egyptian youth volunteers collect waste and plastic as part of a campaign to clean up the Nile River sponsored by Egypt's environment ministry in cooperation with VeryNile and Greenish, in Cairo, Egypt February 10, 2019 (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt has announced its participation in World Clean-Up Day that will be marked Saturday, 21 September. Egypt is set to host four mega events in Sharm El-Sheikh, Dahab, the Red Sea Governorate and Minya.
 
The Chamber of Diving and Water Sports (CDWS) and many diving centres will kick off campaigns to clean up various water resources and protected areas.
 
In Sharm El-Sheikh, a community clean-up event will be organised in Nabq Protected Area. The Red Sea Governorate and Dahab will also participate through several smaller-scale scuba dive site cleanups.
 
In the same manner, a large Nile clean-up will take place in Minya in partnership with Greenish, a community-driven social enterprise that helps businesses and customers find greener solutions and alternatives.
 
Additionally, CDWS is launching a wide scale awareness campaign to tackle plastic use. The initiative aims to reduce the consumption of plastic and shift towards more environment-friendly alternatives.
 
Recently, the Red Sea Governorate became the first Egyptian governorate to completely ban single-use disposable plastics. Egypt is also taking official strides towards a plastic-free zone in Dahab.
 
Last year’s edition of World Clean-Up Day mobilised 18 million volunteers from 157 countries to clean mismanaged waste from beaches, rivers, forests, and streets.  
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