Back to the complete issue
Sunday, 22 December 2019

Climate change could damage Egyptian historical monuments

CLIMATE WATCH- Egyptian historical landmarks might get damaged by climate change: Egyptian historical monuments and archaeological sites in Upper Egypt are under threat of deterotiation because of high temperatures, rising sea levels and floods as a result of climate change, according to a report by Reuters. “I believe that in 100 years all these antiquities will be gone because of climate change,” former Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass told Reuters.

Rising sea levels could also cause serious damage to archaeological sites in Mediterranean cities in 30 years, Monica Hanna, an archaeologist with the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport told Reuters. Air pollution and poor sewage systems in areas close to the historical sites in Egypt are other potential threats, Hanna adds. Although some government initiatives have been put in place to help protect the sites, including a USD 14 mn initiative to protect the Citadel of Qaitbay from coastal erosion, they seem to not be enough to combat the imminent threat, the report adds.

Enterprise is a daily publication of Enterprise Ventures LLC, an Egyptian limited liability company (commercial register 83594), and a subsidiary of Inktank Communications. Summaries are intended for guidance only and are provided on an as-is basis; kindly refer to the source article in its original language prior to undertaking any action. Neither Enterprise Ventures nor its staff assume any responsibility or liability for the accuracy of the information contained in this publication, whether in the form of summaries or analysis. © 2022 Enterprise Ventures LLC.

Enterprise is available without charge thanks to the generous support of HSBC Egypt (tax ID: 204-901-715), the leading corporate and retail lender in Egypt; EFG Hermes (tax ID: 200-178-385), the leading financial services corporation in frontier emerging markets; SODIC (tax ID: 212-168-002), a leading Egyptian real estate developer; SomaBay (tax ID: 204-903-300), our Red Sea holiday partner; Infinity (tax ID: 474-939-359), the ultimate way to power cities, industries, and homes directly from nature right here in Egypt; CIRA (tax ID: 200-069-608), the leading providers of K-12 and higher level education in Egypt; Orascom Construction (tax ID: 229-988-806), the leading construction and engineering company building infrastructure in Egypt and abroad; Moharram & Partners (tax ID: 616-112-459), the leading public policy and government affairs partner; Palm Hills Developments (tax ID: 432-737-014), a leading developer of commercial and residential properties; Mashreq (tax ID: 204-898-862), the MENA region’s leading homegrown personal and digital bank; and Industrial Development Group (IDG) (tax ID:266-965-253), the leading builder of industrial parks in Egypt.