Wadi Degla Virtual Museum: Discover the Protectorate Like Never Before

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Egypt possesses a great deal of biodiversity in its natural protectorates, one of which is the Wadi Degla Protectorate located in Cairo. Even if you’ve seen the protectorate in person, the Wadi Degla Virtual Museum allows you to see how it was formed before you were even born!

We sat down with Nature Conservation Egypt (NCE), the Egyptian NGO that established the museum, in order to find out more about the innovative idea and how it will help people better connect with nature.

What is the Wadi Degla Virtual Museum?

The Wadi Degla Virtual Museum (WDVM) is a pioneering educational experience that provides environmental, historical, and geological awareness to curious nature-lovers in a mobile and dynamic environment. With a fresh voice, WDVM inspires and informs its users about the importance of the Wadi Degla Protectorate.

What can people expect to see in the museum?

Using an Oculus Go headset, they will see 360-degree videos about the protectorate’s history; how it was formed, why it is significant, and its status today. They will find out about the native animals and plants that live there, and the activities available at the protectorate.

What inspired the idea?

Credits to Watter el Bahary

Dr. Moustafa Fouda, the Vice President of NCE, thought of the idea while he was abroad and decided that Egypt should have its first virtual museum; one showcasing its natural heritage. The museum was then implemented in collaboration with the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) and Egypt’s Protected Areas Self-Financing Project (EPASP), and funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and Small Grants Programme (SGP), with co-funding from NCE.

Why did you choose the Wadi Degla Protectorate?

The Wadi Degla Protectorate is very special due to its natural and geological significance. And because it is located in the heart of the city, people will be encouraged to visit it and bond with nature.

Where can I find the WDVM?

Credits to Watter el Bahary

The museum is currently mobile, so we plan to take it to everywhere possible. We held our first screening in Alwan Wa Awtar, Montessori Child Corner. It is also planned that the museum will have a fixed venue inside the protectorate established by the EPASP.

What does the NCE aim to achieve by establishing the museum?

Credits to Watter el Bahary

Our main target is to raise awareness about natural heritage and protectorates in Egypt. We want the public to know the value and importance of their country’s natural heritage and what they can do to keep it preserved.

Any acknowledgments?

We would like to thank the project team: Dr. Abdel Gelil Hewidy, Dr. Abdallah Nagy, Dr. Ahmed Abdallah, Mr. Mohamed Attef, Egypt VR Company, Eng. Ahmed El Emam, Ms. Natalie El Assiouty, and Mr. Bakr Kandil for their hard work on this project that brought it to life.

NCE will announce future screenings on the museum’s Facebook page.

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