The Development Program at EPASP is a Planning, Research, Design and Construction unit acting as consultant and owner representative to the Ministry of Environment. The unit’s expertise is invested in a socially responsible and environmentally friendly approach to improving visitors facilities and infrastructure in protected areas (PA) of Egypt. Its interventions vary to include the upgrading of entrance gates, trails, campsites, sheds, benches, directional signage and informational panels.
Among the unit’s responsibilities is the planning and initiation of projects, starting from conducting baseline studies, environmental impact and needs assessment informing the scope of the project’s intervention. These studies are rooted in research of international guidelines and best practices, and result in the drafting of terms of reference for the projects proposed. Having been announced for tender, the unit then offers technical advice to PA management leading to the selection of contracting firms responsible for implementation. The unit ultimately manages, coordinates and supervises the entire timeline of the project till completion and hand over.