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Egypt : Gulf of Aqaba Environmental Action Plan

AIR POLLUTION BEACHES CLEAN WATER COASTAL AREA COASTAL AREAS COASTAL CITIES COASTAL REGION COASTAL ZONE COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT CONSERVATION CONSERVATION OF NATURAL CONSTRUCTION CORAL REEF CORAL REEFS DESALINATION DESERT AREAS DRINKING WATER ECONOMIC ACTIVITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EMPLOYMENT ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION PLAN ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL MEASURES ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION MANAGEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS FISHERIES FISHING FLOOD PROTECTION GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURES HOTEL ASSOCIATION HOTELS INCOME INTERNATIONAL TOURISM INTERNATIONAL TOURISTS LAND DEVELOPMENT LAND USE LAND USE PLANNING LEGAL FRAMEWORK LEGISLATION MARINE ECOSYSTEMS MARINE ENVIRONMENT MARINE POLLUTION MARINE RESOURCES MARINE WATERS MARITIME ACTIVITIES MAYORS MONITORING PROGRAM MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTS NATIONAL PARK NATIONAL TOURISM NATURAL ENVIRONMENT NATURAL RESOURCE NATURAL RESOURCES NOISE POLLUTION NUMBERS OF TOURISTS OIL OIL SPILL RESPONSE PARKS POLICE POLLUTION POLLUTION CONTROL POPULATION GROWTH PRECIPITATION PROTECTED AREAS PUBLIC HEALTH PUBLIC HEALTH IMPACTS QUALITY TOURISM REEF ECOSYSTEM REGULATORY FRAMEWORK REMEDIAL ACTIONS RESORTS RESOURCE ALLOCATION RESOURCE MANAGEMENT RIPARIAN STATES SANITATION FACILITIES SEA COAST SEWERAGE SHIPS SOLID WASTE SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT STAKEHOLDERS SUSTAINABILITY SUSTAINABILITY OF TOURISM SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SUSTAINABLE TOURISM SUSTAINABLE TOURISM STRATEGY TECHNICAL ADVICE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TOURISM ACTIVITIES TOURISM DEVELOPMENT TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY TOURISM FACILITIES TOURISM INDUSTRY TOURISM MARKET TOURISM PERSONNEL TOURISM REVENUE TOURISM SECTOR TOURIST TOURIST ACTIVITIES TOURIST DEVELOPMENT TOURIST INDUSTRY TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE URBAN AREAS URBAN SERVICES URBANIZED AREAS UTILITIES VESSELS WASTE MANAGEMENT WASTEWATER WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT WASTEWATER TREATMENT WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITIES WATER POLLUTION WATER QUALITY WATER RESOURCES WATER SUPPLY TOURISM CORAL REEF CONSERVATION CORAL REEF ECOLOGY DESERT COSERVATION ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION MARINE CONSERVATION MARINE RESOURCES FISHERIES ECOSYSTEMS INSTITUTION BUILDING LAW ENFORCEMENT LEGAL FRAMEWORK REGULATORY FRAMEWORK MARINE POLLUTION PROTECTED AREAS SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT WASTEWATER TREATMENT EARTHQUAKES FLOOD DAMAGE PREVENTION PUBLIC AWARENESS ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY WATER MANAGEMENT
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World Bank, Washington, DC
Middle East and North Africa | Egypt, Arab Republic of
2013-08-12T15:33:47Z | 2013-08-12T15:33:47Z | 2000-11-06

The intensive development of tourism in the Gulf of Aqaba presents both an opportunity and a dilemma for Egypt. Intensive tourism, if left unmanaged, can inflict irreversible damage on coral reef and desert ecosystems and curtail the area's economic potential. Together with current projections for a rapid expansion of the tourism base in the Aqaba coast, degradation from mounting recreational activities give rise to serious concerns about the sustainability of tourism development in the region. The challenge is to plan for economic development within a sound environmental framework. Implementing the Gulf Of Aqaba Environmental Action Plan (GAEAP) would protect marine resources, including coral reefs and fisheries, and conserve the aesthetic attributes of the Gulf environment and waters upon which the tourist industry depends. This action plan comprises activities in nine categories: institutional strengthening, enforcement of legal and regulatory framework at the South Sinai Governorate level, management of marine pollution, flood and earthquake protection, water and wastewater management, solid waste management, protected areas management, public awareness and environmental education, and assures sustainability of environmental protection in the Gulf of Aqaba. The highest priority actions are decentralizing the institutions to have a presence on the ground, and enforcing the legal and regulatory framework for implementing curative and preventive environmental measures.

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