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Timeline: Egypt’s efforts to combat climate change

Sama Osama, Tuesday 24 Sep 2019
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The fertile arc-shaped basin is home to nearly half the country’s population AFP
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Egypt took part in the UN Climate Action Summit in New York on Monday; it was organised by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in order to follow up progress made by states in fulfilling their commitments to limiting global warming.

Egypt is co-chairing a joint coalition on climate adaptation and resilience with the UK, with the goal of raising funds for implementing resilience and adaptation strategies that address the impacts of climate change.

This coalition was announced in June by Egyptian Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad, its goal is to raise funds for implementing the resilience and adaptation strategies that address the impacts of climate change.

According to the UNDP, Egypt is extremely vulnerable to climate change due to its large population. Its Mediterranean coast and low-lying Nile Delta are also threatened by the rises in sea level expected to result from climate change.

Other predicted effects include a decrease in country’s water supply, which could have serious implications given Egypt’s rapid population growth and existing status as a country already in “water poverty,” according to international measurements.

The timeline below features some of the major measures Egypt has taken in order to combat climate change, whether on its own or under the umbrella of the international community.

A timeline

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