PROGRAM DETAILS

Natural



About

The natural heritage is a multisciplinary project aiming at a computerized documentation, dissemination and communication of the data available on the natural heritage of Egypt. The heritage aims at: •Enhancing Egypt's capacity to conserve its natural heritage. •Promoting Egypt's potential as an ecotourism destination. •Providing decision makers, researchers and consultants with an effective and reliable tool. •Enhance Egypt's capacity to implement international conservation commitments. •Facilitate communication and cooperation. •Continuously up-datable computerized databank, associated with GIS maps and images, on the existing and potential protected areas in Egypt. •A complete survey of the natural heritage components. •Simplified, user-friendly, generously illustrated CD-ROMs. Output: •Continuously up-datable computerized databank, associated with GIS maps and images, on the existing and potential protected areas in Egypt. •A complete survey of the natural heritage components. •Simplified, user-friendly, generously illustrated CD-ROMs. •A multi-media encyclopedia.


WorkPlan

 The building of an up-to-date information system on the protected areas of Egypt which could be used as a monitoring, assessment and management tool by various stakeholders in the field of conservation, protected areas and environmental policy making.  The documentation of the natural heritage of the country in the form of a database.  The identification of the natural heritage components under threat of extinction, endangered, rare or endemic to the country.  Linking the natural heritage database to that of the cultural heritage in Egypt for specific sites.  Linking the natural heritage database of Egypt to other databases in the region, continent or worldwide


Objectives

 Enhance Egypt's capacity to conserve its natural heritage, through dissemination and making available accurate knowledge of its components and their status.  Promote Egypt's potential as an ecotourism destination, through providing an easy to use resource, which demonstrates and summarizes the biological and natural richness of the country.  Provide decision-makers, researchers and consultants with an effective and reliable tool, which can respond efficiently to their demands and queries.  Enhance Egypt's capacity to implement international conservation commitments through a wider dissemination of these commitments.  Facilitate communication and cooperation amongst agencies and research bodies concerned with natural heritage in Egypt.  Contribute to community development through collaborating with the private sector and NGOs in sustainable development projects.


Program Outputs

1. Continuously up-datable computerized databank, associated with GIS maps and images, on the existing and potential protected areas in Egypt. 2. A complete survey of the natural heritage components of Egypt in the form of databases transferable to a series of CD-ROMs and to be available on the web site. The databases are divided into three main categories: 1. Flora - the Flora of Egypt, - the Flora of Ancient Egypt - the Ethno Botany of Egypt 2. Fauna: - Mammals of Egypt, - Birds of Egypt, - Reptiles and Amphibian of Egypt, - Fresh Water Fish of Egypt, - Arachnids of Egypt, - Mammals of Ancient Egypt, - Birds of Ancient Egypt, - Sacred Animals of Egypt 3. Geology - Geo-Atlas of Egypt 4. Simplified, user-friendly, generously illustrated CD-ROMs on: - "The Wild World of Egypt": about Egypt’s most important animals. - "Haraz Encyclopedia for Medicinal Plants": about the history of herbalism in Egypt. - "The Botanical Chamber": about the fauna and flora illustrated in the botanical chamber 5. Books and other Publications: - 'The Guide Botanique de l'Egypte Ancienne': bilingual guide to some of the plants grown and used in ancient Egypt - The "Doum Palm" and the "Sycomore Tree": two children books on Egypt's natural heritage - The Natural Heritage Postcards 6. A multi-media encyclopedia encompassing various aspects of the natural heritage of Egypt with special reference to the deserts, their landscapes, dwellers, geological formations and history. 7. Workshops contributing to community development.