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CONSERVATION & SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN THE RED SEA

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RESOURCES
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THE RED SEA
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The Red Sea is one of the most important repositories of ecological biodiversity; both aquatic and terrestrial.
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MARINE BIODIVERSITY
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• Over 1,500 km of fringing coral reefs • Over 200 species of corals, some of which is 5000 years old • Over a 1000 species of fish, 10% of which found nowhere else in the world • Habitat for sharks, dolphins, turtles, dugongs, mantas and others • Features world class islands and offshore reefs, some of which are national parks
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TERRESTRIAL BIODIVERSITY
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• Diversity of terrestrial plants including mangroves • Habitat to a wide variety of species including birds, reptiles and mammals • Home to indigenous Bedouin tribes • Deserts, valleys and mountains are popular landscpaes for tourism ecxurions such as trekking, camping, and hiking.

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WHO WE ARE
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Hurghada Environnemental Protection & Conservation Association HEPCA is an internationally recognized NGO specializing in the field of marine and land conservation founded in 1992.
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MOORING CULTURE
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HEPCA pioneered and maintains the largest mooring system in the world.
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MOORING CULTURE
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• Over a 1,000 mooring points across the Red Sea. • The project has been such a model of success it has been adopted by many other countries including: Djibouti, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and Yemen. • Ensuring the protection of reef eco-systems for the future.
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SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
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HEPCA’S Solid Waste team collects over 600 tons of garbage daily in Marsa Alam and Hurghada.
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SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
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• The comprehensive solid waste system covers an area of over 500 km; everything from door to door collection, material recovery, and recycling. The project has created income and employs over 500 people, many of who are from the impoverished community. • HEPCA’s solid waste facility in Marsa Alam was the first time an NGO became solely responsible for all aspects of solid waste management.
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CLEAN UPS
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EARTH DAY 2013
Red sea clean up - april 22

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SAMADAI - DOLPHIN HOUSE
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HEPCA manages the Samadai preserve, one of the worlds most precious dolphin sanctuaries.
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SAMADAI INITIATIVE
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• The Samadai initiative is an internationally recognized conservation model and an example of sustainable tourism development. • The zoning plan and maximum day use of 200 people guaranteed protection of the dolphin habitat and consideration of their living patterns. • This project was the first time that civil society, the government, and the tourism sector came together to protect one of the region’s most valuable resources.
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SAMADAI INITIATIVE
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The Samadai initiative generates revenue and employment for the southern Red Sea’s tourism dependant economy. This conservation model is exemplifying the region’s reputation on the world tourism market.

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
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HEPCA projects employ close to 1,000 people; A majority of which are from the impoverished local community

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
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Hundreds more are being supported indirectly through waste recycling, organic feed for livestock, and initiatives such as our water-wells in Haffafet.

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
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• HEPCA encourages self empowerment through education and training. • “HAYAH” HEPCA’S community development project aimed at engendering a culture of environmental stewardship in Egypt. • HEPCA provides the Bedouin community of Hafafit with access to 25 fresh water wells. These fresh water wells are self-supporting through solar power and a community of over 40,000 people benefit from the project.
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EDUCATION
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HEPCA strives to engender a culture of learning & environmental stewardship
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BIO BOAT
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F.E.E.L. FUTURE EGYPTIAN ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS
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• F.E.E.L is an educational model, endowing our youth with skills to become future environmental leaders. • This type of interactive educational for the youth is thefirst of its kind in Egypt. The F.E.E.L. initiative was designed as a reward program for outstanding students from the less fortunate public schools, but also targets students from the private sector schools.
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MADRASTY INITIATIVE
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Award wining Madrasty Initiative is the biggest campaign for equal education in Egypt. HEPCA and Vodafone renovated 300 schools, 4000 classrooms, bathrooms. libraries, labs and playgrounds in 29 Governorates; more than 200,000 people including teachers, students and members of the local communities on the importance of having a healthy school environment
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RESEARCH
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HEPCA has contributed knowledge to the scientific community. Over the last decade, HEPCA has been at the forefront of ground breaking research that is then applied towards environmental conservation.

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RESEARCH
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Mega Base Turtle Watch Dolphins • Dolphin Watch • Red sea Dolphin project • Samadai Monitoring Coastal survey

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RESEARCH STATION
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HEPCA’s research and visitor center is the first of its kind in the Red Sea region. Aside from pioneering research projects, direct intervention will also be facilitated through species regeneration. Our team then disseminates this knowledge interactively to visitors by stimulating the discovery process and the intellectual/emotional connection to the environment.
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ADVOCACY
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SHARK FINING BAN HEPCA’s advocacy has resulted in the reform of over 32 environmental laws, articles and decrees. Egypt was one of the first countries to ban shark fishing and we have advocated for protection over endangered species, as well as the designation of protected status to many reefs and islands throughout the Red Sea.
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ADVOCACY
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HEPCA lobbied for the Hurghada Declaration; a landmark intervention bringing together 3 governorates for sustainable fisheries management. The Hurghada declaration offered effective solutions that would preserve natural stocks, whilst ensuring income for the community.
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INTEGRATED COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT
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HEPCA initiated the ICZM model on the ground for developing the south.

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SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
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MARSA ALAM 2004

MARSA ALAM 2011

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ECONOMIC VALUE
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• Over 3 million tourists visit the Red Sea annually. • It is estimated that diving & snorkeling activities generate upwards of 3 billion U.S. dollars in tourism revenue per year. • It is estimated that every square meter of reef generates 300,000 Euro in tourism revenue per year.

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ECONOMIC VALUE
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One shark generates over 100,000 U.S. dollars in tourism revenue per year.
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THE VISION
Conservation and Sustainable Tourism in the Red Sea

• The vision we are working towards is a dynamic new model that balances the growing tourism demand with sustainable development of the environment and natural resources. • This is the most forward thinking tourism development strategy and will ensure a healthy and sustainable future for this developing community.
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THE VISION
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We need education, creativity, innovation, and dynamic leadership. Communication skills • Customer service • Guest oriented Multiple language skills • French • English • Italian Web development • social networking • Viral and multi-media approach
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THANK YOU
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