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Slovenia Embassy Launches Development Partnership with Very Nile to Combat Plastic Pollution

Wed 01 May 2024 | 12:10 PM
By Ahmad El-Assasy

The Slovenian Embassy in Cairo announced a new collaboration with the Very Nile organization, marking a significant stride in Slovenia's developmental cooperation with its partner nations. This partnership, lasting six months, will enable Very Nile to expand its ongoing efforts in local capacity building, job creation, and environmental protection through enhanced recycling of plastic waste.

The initiative will primarily focus on Qursaya Island, where Very Nile and the Slovenian Embassy will concentrate on three main outcomes: enhancing the skills of local artisans, establishing a recycling workshop for sorted and collected PP and HDPE plastic from the Nile River, and supporting the production and launch of finished products.

By engaging at least five women from Qursaya Island, Very Nile aims to sustain jobs already created for six local artisans by producing and marketing a new line of products made from recycled plastic waste collected from the Nile. This endeavor will require the development of new processes, techniques, equipment, molds, and tools to improve production quality and efficiency.

In addition to technical capacity building, the project will also focus on developing personal skills to ensure the achievement of the project's goals within the planned timeframe.

Saso Podlesnik, the Slovenian Ambassador to Egypt, emphasized that the primary goal of developmental cooperation is to help eradicate poverty, reduce inequality, and achieve sustainable development in partner countries. The project aligns with the sustainable development goals of Egypt's 2030 agenda, promoting gender equality and environmental protection—key themes of Slovenian development policy.

Salma El-Laqany, founder of Very Nile, remarked on the project's potential to amplify its impact, both in generating more income-generating activities for local residents and in making a greater environmental impact by reducing waste disposal into the Nile River. This highlights the Slovenian Embassy's crucial role in the long-term development and impact of Very Nile.

Alban de Menonville, co-founder, expressed gratitude for the Slovenian Embassy's commitment to supporting Very Nile's global efforts to tackle plastic pollution. He stressed the urgency of acting decisively to prevent further environmental damage that could affect communities for generations.