Ministry of Environment (Egypt)

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Arab Republic of Egypt
Ministry of Finance
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Agency overview
Formed 1997; 21 years ago (1997)
Jurisdiction Egypt Egypt
Agency executive
Child agency
  • Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency

The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs is the ministry is responsible for environmental affairs in the Arab Republic of Egypt. The current minister is Khaled Fahmy.[1]


It was established in 1997, and has since focused ministry in cooperation with all development partners to identify environmental vision and outline of environmental policies in Egypt.[2] The policies of the ministry are executed by the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency.[3]


In 2014, the Ministry and Italy signed an agreement to make El Gouna, a Red Sea City, carbon neutral.[4]

In 2017, the European Union and Egypt finalized plans for environmental and other projects valued at 600 million Euros.[5]

In late 2017, the Ministry announced they had seen a reduction of 13-15% in the burning of rice by rice farmers, a practice that causes a black toxic cloud.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b "Egypt's Sherif Ismail cabinet with 16 new faces sworn in by President Sisi". Ahram Online. 19 September 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "About Ministry". Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency". Bat4Med. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Egyptian Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs Signs Agreement with Italy to Transform El Gouna into a Carbon-neutral City". PRNewswire. Orascom Development Holding. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 12 December 2017. 
  5. ^ "Egypt and EU sign Euro 600 mln in deals for social, environmental and infrastructure projects". ahramonline. 30 October 2017. Retrieved 12 December 2017. 
  6. ^ "Toxic burning of rice straw in Egypt down 13-15% in 2017: Minister". ahramonline. 19 November 2017. Retrieved 12 December 2017. 
  7. ^ Rizk, Mariam (28 October 2014). "Up in smoke: Why does Egypt keep burning its farm waste?". ahram online. Retrieved 13 December 2017.