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Nadia Ebeid  

Areas of Environmental Action:

Climate Change, Education, Conservation, Sustainable Consumption, Urban Environment 

Summary of Achievements:

As Executive Director of CEDARE, Ebeid works with the Arab Countries, Europe and others to build human capacities, create environmental awareness among the various stakeholders, enhance the use of environment friendly technologies and promote a sound balance between accelerated development and environmental sustainability.

As Egypt's Minister of the Environment, Ebeid pioneered the inclusion of environmental interests in Egypt's national policies and programmes. She developed Egypt's National Strategic Environmental Policy Framework and Action Plan (NEAP), and established and oversaw 14 programmes to implement NEAP, including Egypt's first $400 Million private-sector driven National Integrated Solid Waste Management Programme.

Within the framework of a national capacity building programme, Ebeid formulated strategy for human resources development for the ministry (including Egypt's first Gender, Environment and Development Unit) to manage the ministry's growth from 200 to 1,000 employees in four years. She led official Egyptian delegations and negotiations in bilateral and multilateral ministerial meetings which resulted in the mobilization of over US$200 Million to implement various environmental initiatives and projects and established an Environmental Protection Fund.

One of Ebeid's distinctive achievements was the initiation of a US$100 Million River Nile Pollution Prevention Programme and for the first time officially declared the River Nile free from polluted industrial waste water discharge. Ebeid likewise led a National Air Quality Management Programme to promote the use of, inter alia, cleaner technologies and renewable energy and established Egypt's first Early Warning System.

In collaboration with other stakeholders, she raised environmental voluntary compliance level to above 80% in 10 New Private Sector Industrial Cities through adoption of integrated environmental management systems. Within the context of Egypt's first Biodiversity Strategy and promotion of ecotourism, she increased the number of Egyptian Natural Protectorates from 15 to 21, representing 8.5% of Egypt's total land surface.

Ebeid worked closely with Arab countries as well as the international community and oversaw the implementation of 64 international agreements. She likewise hosted 12 environmental trade missions from Europe and North America to develop and implement mutually profitable business opportunities.


Nadia Ebeid
2, El Hegaz Street

'Egypt '

Email: nmakramebeid@yahoo.com