This survey of the coastal margins of BG’s El-Burg Block Concession, which covered the geomorphology, landscape, marine and terrestrial ecologies, and socio-economic environment, was part of the EIA required for seismic acquisition.
The field reconnaissance activity relied on a landscape ecological approach. Fifteen sites were selected for thorough ground truthing based on the landscape features shown by the topographic maps and the satellite image.
The baseline survey entailed monitoring and assessment of the terrestrial and freshwater flora and fauna of the eastern Deltaic Mediterranean Coast, stressing on the coastal belt habitats and associated biodiversity.
The survey covered the area of the block and the immediate coastal area. It also embraced the context of the wider geographical area of the East Delta region of Egypt.
The baseline report included descriptions of the physical environments of Daqahleya and Damietta Governorates, with particular emphasis on the coastal landscape and geomorphology.
The descriptions also covered the terrestrial and marine biological environments, biodiversity value, and nature conservation aspects. The report provided an account of the socio-economic characteristics of the study area.
Environics also carried out and reported on the processes of stakeholder identification, meetings, and scoping.
A questionnaire was tailored to facilitate these processes and the involved stakeholders included: EEAA, its concerned departments, Regional Branch Offices (RBOs), and the Environmental Management Units (EMUs) of Damietta and Daqahleya Governorates; Shore Protection Agency; the Fishermen Cooperative Association, the Motorized Fishing Boat-owners Association; the member ministries of the National Committee for Integrated Coastal Zone Management.