Dr. Rania Al-Mashat:
Implementation of several projects in cooperation with development partners to promote sustainable management of water resources and to expand desalination and water treatment
3 projects in the water desalination sector, modern irrigation and improving agricultural resilience within the “Noufy” program and 5 projects in the food security sector
Expansion of climate change adaptation projects to enhance the ability to respond to future shocks and support the sustainability of the agricultural sector and food security
Mobilizing soft development funds and granting technical and technical support to projects in a way that stimulates the participation of the private sector
The importance of the “water-energy-food nexus” to achieve food security and meet water challenges
We will continue to work on raising the efficiency of water use, and maximizing the return from the water unit
The future will witness the expansion of water desalination to produce food to meet the population increase, with the use of renewable energy to reduce costs
– Rehabilitation of the canals aims to restore them to their main function, which is to deliver water to farmers in the right quantity and quality for irrigation and at the right time for plants
The importance of using the latest irrigation systems used globally, taking into account all water, environmental, economic and social dimensions
In light of the assignments of Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Prime Minister, in coordination between the Ministry of International Cooperation and national authorities to promote the list of green projects, Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, held a meeting with Dr. Hani Swailem, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, to discuss the latest developments in negotiations with multilateral and bilateral development partners and international alliances concerned with financing The climate, the position of the ongoing projects in the water resources, irrigation and food security sectors funded by development partners, and water projects within the national platform for green projects, the “Noufy” program, and participation in financing the national platform for climate projects. COP27Which was launched last July in coordination between the Ministries of International Cooperation and Environment, other national bodies and development partners.
Dr. Rania Al-Mashat said that the water axis is one of the most important axes listed within the national platform for green projects, the “Nofi” program, as it comes at the top of the Egyptian state’s interests in light of the importance of water as a national security issue, pointing to the implementation of many projects in cooperation with multilateral and bilateral development partners. To enhance the sustainable management of water resources, expand seawater desalination efforts, and treat water for use in agriculture, noting that the food security sector comes at the top of the Egyptian state’s priorities and is working on expanding projects to adapt to climate changes in a way that enhances the ability to address future shocks and supports the sustainability of Agriculture and food security sector.
The Minister of International Cooperation revealed that the “Noufi” program includes (3) projects in the field of water resources and irrigation to enhance mitigation efforts and adapt to the repercussions of climate changes, namely the desalination project using solar energy, expanding the scope of solar irrigation systems, and improving climate resilience through modernizing agricultural practices, noting that these projects come within the state’s efforts to increase funding for adaptation projects and mitigate the repercussions of climate change to push the transition towards a green economy.
The Minister of International Cooperation also touched on the 5 projects included in the program in the field of food security, in the field of enhancing productivity and adapting crops in the Nile Valley and Delta regions, enhancing the resilience of areas most affected by climate changes, modernizing irrigation systems in old agricultural lands, and expanding in establishing early irrigation systems, pointing out that the program is in line with the comprehensive development efforts implemented by the state, as projects are distributed throughout the republic.
Al-Mashat noted that discussions are underway with multilateral and bilateral development partners, international alliances for climate finance and investment funds on mobilizing development finances and granting technical and technical support to these projects in a way that stimulates the participation of the private sector, within the framework of the state’s direction to increase the participation of the private sector in development efforts, explaining that development finances The ongoing effort directed to implement the “Sixth Goal of the Sustainable Development Goals: Clean Water and Hygiene” records about 5.30 billion dollars for the implementation of 39 projects, representing about 20% of the total portfolio of cooperation with development partners, which reflects the efforts undertaken by the state and the role of international partnerships. Expansion of water projects.
For his part, Dr. Swailem pointed to the importance of the interrelationship between water, energy and food to achieve food security and face the many challenges facing the water and food sectors in Egypt and the world.
He explained that the future vision of the ministry is based on raising the overall efficiency of water use, maximizing the return from the water unit, and continuing work on various projects such as canals rehabilitation projects, covered drainage, protection from torrential dangers, and beach protection, while preparing adequate technical and research studies for all projects undertaken by the ministry, including Ensures its sustainability and the achievement of its target.
He pointed out that the rehabilitation work currently underway aims to restore these canals to their main function, which is to deliver water to farmers in the right quantity and quality for irrigation and at the right time for plants, regardless of the rehabilitation method, adding that a guideline for rehabilitation has been prepared by local experts from university professors and research centers in cooperation with experts The Ministry to define criteria for dealing with each canal according to its condition and type of soil, taking into account the experiences gained during the implementation of previous rehabilitation works.
He also pointed out the importance of relying on modern irrigation systems in agriculture, provided that the latest systems used globally are used, taking into account all water, environmental, economic, social and other dimensions.
He added that the future will witness an expansion in the use of water desalination in food production to meet the population increase, provided that the water unit is used in an optimal manner that achieves economic feasibility, with the importance of expanding the use of modern technology and renewable energy in desalination, which will contribute to reducing costs, pointing to the establishment of the Egyptian state during the years. Expansion of electric energy production in recognition of the importance of energy at the national level, which is the most important element in the field of water treatment and desalination, where the cost of energy used in desalination represents half the value of the cost of desalination.
It is worth noting that the food security and agriculture sector includes 5 projects to enhance adaptation in the production process of agricultural crops in the Nile Valley and Delta, as well as adaptation in the northern delta region affected by sea level rise, enhancing the resilience of the areas most in need, modernizing irrigation systems in old agricultural lands, and establishing early warning system.
The national platform for green projects comes under the “Nawafi” program, under the umbrella of the National Climate Change Strategy 2050, launched by Egypt this year, as well as the nationally determined contributions, with the aim of supporting the state’s efforts to stimulate the green transformation, increasing development funds and technical support, and mobilizing private sector investments to implement the list of projects listed within the program.