Egypt’s Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation will carry out a major clean-up campaign along the Nile River.
A statement by the Ministry on Friday stated that the campaign will protect and clean the Nile River from pollution and plastic waste, preserve aquatic biodiversity, and raise environmental awareness.
“This major campaign to clean the Nile River will be recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest campaign ever in the world, and a distinct opportunity as it is the longest cleaning campaign in terms of kilometers, with the participation of the largest number of participants, and the removal of the largest expected amount of waste,” said Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel-Atti.
The campaign will be carried out in Cairo, Giza, Qalyubia , Dakahlia, Damietta, Gharbia, Menoufia, Kafr El Sheikh, Beheira, Beni Suef, Minya, Assiut, Sohag, Qena, Luxor and Aswan, the statement added.
It will be launched on September 17, coinciding with the celebration of the World Cleanliness Day, as part of the ongoing preparations for holding the Fifth Cairo Water Week and preparing for activities during the upcoming COP27 climate conference that will be held in Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh.
The Ministry of Irrigation has kicked off a strategy to manage water in Egypt until the year 2037 with investments worth more than $50 billion.
The Nile water accounts for more than 90 percent of Egypt’s needs or 55.5 billion cubic meters.