|Program/Project Title||Ecotourism for Sustainable Development in the New Valley Governorate|
|Start – End date||30.06.2010-31.12.2012|
|Aid Channel||Italian-Egyptian Debt Swap Programme – II Phase|
|Type of Support||Grant|
|Applicant/Local Counterpart||Cooperazione Internazionale Sud Sud (CISS)|
|Implementing Institution||Cooperazione Internazionale Sud Sud (CISS)|
|Description||The initiative intends to implement a pilot project for the sustainable development of tourism in the New Valley Governorate. Therefore, the project aims at enhancing the capacities of local communities to benefit from the development of the tourism sector and at improving the attractively of New Valley Oasis. By promoting the inclusion of the target area among the main ecotourism routes at national and international level, the action will contribute in generating enduring and diversified benefits to farmers, craftsmen and small entrepreneurs engaged in the tourism sector, without clashing with the greater and more generalized benefits resulting from the implementation of the canalization program expected for 2020, which will allow the increase of agriculture production and thus the generation of new income opportunities in the area.|
|Expected Results||1. At least 240 people (teachers, craftsmen, small entrepreneurs, farmers, civil servants and tour operators) living in the oases of Kharga, Dakhla and Farafra (at least 50% of them are women) actively participate in identifying an ecotourism valorisation and promotion program.
2. New Valley’s most important tourist resources (with particular attention to ecotourism circuits) have been mapped and valorised; at least 2 interesting archaeological sites of the New Valley have been re-qualified and valorised.
3. An integrated plan (to be shared by the local population) to promote New Valley as ecotourism destination has been elaborated and implemented.
|Target Beneficiaries||– About 5.000 people living in the oases of Kharga, Dakhla and Farafra.
240 people among teachers, craftsmen, small entrepreneurs, farmers, civil servants and tourist guides and their families, for a total of about 1.500 people.