Natural Resource Management: Forestry, Agriculture and Biodiversity

Geospatial Database for Nature Reserves, Egypt

The Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) aims to preserve the country’s natural resources and biodiversity within a context of sustainable development. As part of the Ministry of Environment in Egypt, the agency is concerned with introducing and integrating environmental dimensions in policies and programs that protect human health and manage natural resources. Nature reserves are crucial in securing and maintaining ecosystem balance, protecting essential habitats, building resilience to climate change, providing global food security, maintaining water quality, and conserving natural resources.

Egypt’s nature reserves are essential to its culture and climate resiliency. However, climate change has increasingly impacted the ability of the environmental agency to manage and understand biodiversity. To meet its strategic objectives, the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) and Strategize It Egypt implemented geospatial technologies, allowing accurate analysis of areas to help the government make critical decisions about preserving these natural areas. The new management solution, using Esri software, supports the EEAA team in creating an environment of increased productivity by building, developing, collecting, updating, and managing the geographic data of Egypt’s nature reserves. As climate and biodiversity concerns are at the forefront of our lives, this geospatial database for Egypt’s Natural Reserves solution will encourage more governments, regionally and globally, to see the value of GIS in helping shape a more sustainable planet.