Syrian army sweeps in after US announces abrupt exit    Egypt's comprehensive health insurance system doesn't set spending cap on services: Finance minister    Toshiba's JV with Egyptian Elaraby opens regional HQ in South Africa    UK PM Johnson will not resign it parliament rejects government agenda: Spokesman    Six authors vie for Booker prize 2019, Atwood in the lead    In Photos: A sneak peek into rehearsals for the Cleopatra ballet world premiere    AC Milan chase Arsenal's Egyptian midfielder Elneny    Saudi visit showcases Putin's growing Middle East influence: Reuters report    Dutch on the right road again, says Wijnaldum    AFC backs single India national league in 2024-25 to end club turmoil    Spain sentences Catalan leaders for sedition over independence bid    Gulf markets rise ahead of corporate gains, Qatar outperforms    Egypt clinches deal to account for foreign direct investments    Retired academic Kais Saied to become president, exit polls project    Sisi: army engaged in attrition phase against terrorism in Sinai since 2013    IMF positive about Egypt's economic trajectory    Syrian army to deploy along Turkish border in deal with Kurdish-led forces    Egypt spares no effort to boost cooperation with Sudan: Egyptian ambassador to Khartoum    Sisi, Ethiopia's PM to meet in Moscow to discuss GERD issue    Egypt raises concerns about Ethiopia's GERD with German, Italian and Chinese envoys    Egypt's Sisi, Ethiopian PM to meet in Moscow to discuss GERD issue    IMF positive about Egypt's economic trajectory    Vitamins, omega-3 supplements improve autism symptoms    'Alarming upsurge' in measles has devastating impact, WHO warns    Turkish-led forces pursue assault around Syrian border towns    Saudi Arabia to launch new logistics zone in Jeddah, open to private investors: Statement    10K fans to attend Egypt's friendly against Botswana in Alexandria: EFA    Sisi, Ethiopia's PM agree to overcome obstacles in Nile dam talks    Why vacations are important for health    A brief history of the Cairo Opera House    Austrian Handke and Pole Tokarczuk win Nobel prizes for literature    Egypt's Zamalek president hopes 80,000 supporters attend Generation Foot match    Farwell to Egyptian comic actor Talaat Zakaria    Eating fish is linked to better sleep, higher IQ    Sisi stresses importance of technological universities, technical education    Egypt's Rowad Modern Engineering renovates 40% of Manial Palace    Court sentences six to death, 41 to lifetime imprisonment violence related case    Trump says he would release Mideast peace plan after Israeli elections    ACWA Power compares 3 bids to supply production units for Luxor power station    What do you know about gold alloying?    NBE announces EGP 2.5m prizes for handball youth teams for their world achievements    Jennifer Lopez evokes Egyptian outrage post her North Coast performance    Al-Sisi honours Egypt's scholars on Science Day    IS claims responsibility for suicide bombing killing 63 in Afghan wedding    Political parties gear up for parliamentary, senate, local elections    Unprecedented Glory: Egypt win Men's U-19 World Handball Championship    12th National Egyptian Theatre Festival fuel up public theatre art scene    Ministry of Environment has a plan for "black clouds season"    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Still not your ideal swimming pool, Nile cleaned up
Published in Daily News Egypt on 19 - 09 - 2006

CAIRO: The waters of the Nile are running cleaner this week after dozens of volunteers taking part in a United Nations-sponsored drive removed more than a ton of trash from the river.
"It's a big amount of garbage, says Essam Nada, executive director of the Arab Office for Youth and Environment, a local group which helped organize the campaign.
The Cairo clean up, which took place on Sept. 12, is part of a global movement dubbed "Clean Up the World, which will see an estimated 35 million volunteers in 122 countries pitch in to improve environmental standards from China to Canada.
Nada tells The Daily Star Egypt that volunteers armed with rubber gloves removed most of the trash by hand along a 1 km-stretch of river bank in the city's Shoubra district.
"Mainly, it was municipal garbage - solid waste, plastic bags and paper, explains Nada, adding that some machinery donated from the local authority for the day was also brought in for removal.
Workers from the Ministries of Environment and Irrigation also took part, adds Nada.
"It's not a one-sided event, he notes. "It's a partnership.
Sami El Ghaytaty, who helps run the Friends of Nature Association, notes that volunteers also planted 30 trees to raise public awareness about the importance of conserving fresh water and keeping the Nile free of trash.
"We're focusing on water conservation, he says, adding that plastic rubbish and large amounts of weeds were also removed.
"It was a symbol to attract attention ... we should conserve the Nile and protect it from pollution, he adds.
While volunteers in the rest of the world kicked off their clean up efforts over the weekend, Nada says that the Egyptian campaign took place last week to accommodate the schedules of the approximately 150 student volunteers, who went back to classes last week.
Since the program began in 1993, organizers estimate that about 3.6 million tons of garbage has been collected - enough to fill 5,700 Olympic-sized swimming pools. "Clean Up the World mobilizes people around a powerful idea - taking the challenge of environment and sustainable development to our front doors, our back yards and everywhere else around the world, said Achim Stenier, head of the United Nations Environment Program, in a recent Reuters interview.

Clic here to read the story from its source.