In order to prepare an ESIA for Dana Gas Egypt (DGE) new proposed project extending in three Delta governorates namely: Dakahleya, Damietta and Sharkeya.
Environmental Resources Management (ERM) requested Environics to produce an ecological baseline report, based on a desk-based review of available information and rapid biodiversity assessment field work of the project area.
The location of surveyed sites and recorded sensitivities were recorded using a GPS and photographs were taken.
The ecological baseline report provided a description of the main ecological characteristics of the study area, describing the area habitats and biodiversity. Valuable habitats have been emphasized. Species of concern were highlighted. These included threatened and/or protected species as well as species of ecological and/or economic importance.
The CITES appendices and the Red List issued by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), as well as local researches were used to determine the international status of species.
The report also highlighted the ecological value of the area including habitats, flora and fauna, and provided a brief account on Ashtum El Gamil and Tanis Island Protected area.
It also listed the current impacts and threats to the area and provided recommendations.