On February 12, 2018, Head of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, Dr. Felice Longobardi, together with the UNDP representatives, visited Jebel Qatrani Area in Fayoum Governorate. The area is one of several protected areas in Egypt in which the Italian Cooperation is funding the third phase of the Italian Egyptian Environmental Cooperation Program (EIECP) implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) and the Ministry of Environment and Nature Conservation.
The current third phase of EIECP aims to further develop Egypt’s protected areas (PAs) system, mainly with the view of establishing income-generating mechanism and, thus, facilitate the process for mobilizing resources toward the financial sustainability of the Egypt’s PAs system and thus its conservation and implementation of sustainable development endeavours.
In Jebel Qatrani an invaluable collection of fossils can be visited in an Open Museum. The Fayoum depression is a unique area all over the world. It is found as a heritage for vertebrate fossils, especially mammals and reptiles, which modern scholars have called it “the best known Paleocene site in Africa”. There are two natural protectorates in this area; Wadi el Rayan Natural Protectorate that includes Wadi el Hital, recently (2005) declared as the first Natural World Heritage in Egypt, and the second is Quorun Natural Protectorate which includes the famous Paleocene vertebrate bearing Jebel Qatrani.