Instituto de Hidráulica Ambiental “IH Cantabria,” a Spanish institution specialized in ocean science, engineering and management was awarded a contract to implement an Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) project funded by Spanish International Development Cooperation.
The output of the project was an ICZM Plan for the area between Sallum and Marsa Matrouh.
A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the proposed plan was required in accordance with the EU rules, which Environics was commissioned to conduct.
Main Activities and Outputs:
Reviewed the Egyptian legal commitment supporting ICZM.
Proposed environmental, social, and economic indicators to assess the reference environmental conditions.
Analyzed sectoral plans in the area to highlight synergies and conflicts with the Marsa Matrouh Sallum Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan (MSICZMP).
Assessed the business as usual baseline scenario, identified potential environmental impacts, and proposed mitigation measures.
Reviewed the general governance indicators used in ICZM process, evaluated the benefits of the proposed model of nested governance, and estimated the cost.
Reviewed and assessed the public participation during the planning process.
Developing a Scoping Statement of legal framework, reference conditions of the environment and development of performance indicators;
Reviewing consistency with other national sectoral plans;
Environmental sustainability; and reporting on SEA process including assessment of community/ public participation process.