Environmental Conservation for Sustainable Urban and rural Development
Description/achievement of initiative

To enhance and conserve ecosystems and habitats in a sustainable base through the following: Inclusion of environmental studies (Climate Change and Sustainable policy) in Suez Canal University curricula in undergraduate and postgraduate studies. -Organizing Sustainable Development & Climate change outreach programs for neighboring communities all over Suez Canal Region. -Participation in regional partnership for sustainable development (Member in the Mediterranean network for sustainable development). -Development of students awareness programs, competitions and projects.

Implementation methodologies

Continued commitment to projects already underway.Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology TransferCoordination mechanisms/governance structureMeans of implementation Target 15.a requires to “mobilize and significantly increase from all sources financialresources to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity and ecosystems”. Financialmeans are pertinent for implementing measures and compensating developing countriesfor restraint in the exploitation of natural resources and the concurrent conservation ofecosystem services, especially with a view to carbon sinks and biodiversity hotspots.The target as such is adequate, but to be considered ambitious it would need to be speltout in much more detail. Target 15.b requires to “mobilize significantly resources from all sources and at alllevels to finance sustainable forest management, and provide adequate incentives todeveloping countries to advance sustainable forest management, including forconservation and reforestation”. Thus, the target follows Target 15.a but with adedicated view on forests. Again, to be considered ambitious, the target would need tobe spelt out in much more specific detail. Target 15.c requires to “enhance global support to efforts to combat poaching andtrafficking of protected species, including by increasing the capacity of localcommunities to pursue sustainable livelihood opportunities”. This is adequatelyfocussed, as it addresses an important driver of illegal exploitation of biodiversity. Yet,it fails to address the control of trade in illegal trade with pertinent products andcommensurate capacities in law enforcement. Without such means, poaching andtrafficking are bound to remain profitable, even where alternative livelihoodopportunities exist

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Environmentally sound technologies are not just individual technologies, but totalsystems which include know-how, procedures, goods and services, and equipment aswell as organizational and managerial procedures. This implies that when discussingtransfer of technologies, the human resource development and local capacity-buildingaspects of technology choices, including gender-relevant aspects, should also beaddressed. Environmentally sound technologies should be compatible with nationallydetermined socio-economic, cultural, and environmental priorities. 1. Environmentally sound technologies protect the environment, are less polluting,use all resources in a more sustainable manner, recycle more of their wastes andproducts, and handle residual wastes in a more acceptable manner than thetechnologies for which they were substitutes. 2. Environmentally sound technologies in the context of pollution are "process andproduct technologies" that generate low or no waste, for the prevention of pollution.They also cover "end of the pipe" technologies for treatment of pollution after it hasbeen generated.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

Suez Canal University was responsible and takes a lead as coordination for all environmental projects based on Community-based Ecosystems.


Suez Canal University
Progress reports
Goal 15
Local Communities at Suez Canal Region
University undergraduate Students
Staff / Technical expertise
3 Expert and technical staff
In-kind contribution
Suez Canal University experts

Basic information
Time-frame: 4/2014 - 4/2015
Suez Canal University
Contact information
Atef Ahmed, Professor and Head of Wildlife Conservation Department, atefkamel1955@hotmail.com
United Nations