CAIRO: Coordination between different sectors is the key to achieving sustainability, Assistant Minister for Sustainable Development in the Environment Ministry Yasmine Fouad told The Cairo Post Monday.
On the sidelines of a conference about Sustainable Development to be held Monday and Tuesday, Fouad said that the government will not be able to achieve sustainability alone, and needs the help of the private sector, civil society, scientific research and even students at schools.
She referred to “successful examples” of sustainable towns, citing El-Gouna city, which has largely incorporated solar energy.
Fouad further added that there is a quite “simple example” of sustainability implemented in Saint Catherine in Sinai; the ministry has guided communities there on how to reap the most benefit from medicinal plants without wasting them, advising them to collect, package and sell them to tourists, which would improve their living standards.
Regarding the “Black Clouds” recurring phenomenon caused by the chaff and straw of rice, she said that the farmers have been provided with alternatives to burning, including collecting of straw and submitting it to the ministry in exchange for money.
Citing a reduction in 2015 emission, Fouad believed that among the mechanisms that were used last year was monitoring the burning sites across the country and coordination between several ministries.
Ahmed Issa, the CEO of Root Technologies company and the head of Sustainable Developments Exhibition and Conference (SDEC,) told The Cairo Post that the government must to begin by raising awareness about sustainable development first, stressing that there should be cooperation between both the local and the private sector in this field.
The conference is held this year in Cairo, and provides a forum for multiple experts and companies working in consultancy, water, construction, energy, wastewater to discuss and share their insights towards creating sustainable development.