Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Aty, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, held a meeting to follow up on the ongoing preparations to implement a major clean-up campaign of waste along the Nile River on September 17, coinciding with the celebration of the “International Cleanliness Day”.
The meeting was attended by Alaa Khaled, Head of the Protection and Development Sector of the Nile and its branches, Dr. Yousry Khafagy, Head of the Central Department for Water Awareness and Guidance, and Ahmed Fathy, Head of Youth Love Egypt Foundation.
On his part, Abdel Aty stated this major campaign aims to protect and clean the Nile River from pollution and plastic waste, preserve aquatic biodiversity, and raise environmental awareness of the risks of water pollution, as part of the ongoing preparations for holding the Fifth Cairo Water Week and preparing for water activities during the upcoming COP27 climate conference.
In addition, the minister expressed his desire for the largest possible number of young people and school students to participate in this major campaigne, emphasizing the importance of the participation of civil society organizations across various governorates in this important event.
Abdel-Aty also added that the success of such a campaign will serve as a successful model for coordination and cooperation between the concerned ministries, civil society organizations and the private sector that can be replicated in the future in the field of protecting water resources from various forms of pollution.