Who we are ...
HEPCA is an internationally recognized NGO specializing in the field of marine and land conservation. We were founded in 1992 by 12 representatives of the diving community in response to serious environmental threats affecting the Red Seas delicate and pristine eco-system.
Since our inception, HEPCA has grown into an international team of scientists and industry experts. We are actively working towards the protecting and preserving of the natural resources of the Red Sea, as well as promoting conservation and sustainable tourism practices.
HEPCA works closely with a number of Egyptian governmental departments including; the Red Sea Governorate (RSG); the National Conservation Sector; and the National Parks of Egypt.
As a non-profit organization, HEPCA would not be able to implement its projects and campaigns without the cooperation of its partners, members, and supporters. Our NGO is supported by a huge network of members, who assist with funding via membership fees and voluntary donations. The members nominate 11 individuals to represent them on the Board of Directors, who in turn lend direction to HEPCAs Executive Director and support staff.
HEPCA does not receive funding from any kind of fee system, whether it is for national park fees, marine park fees, environmental tax, reef protection tax or any other name given to a tax collection system used by the diving, snorkeling and tourist community.
Our achievements in the last 20 years would not have been possible without the support of the members, members of the community, the diving and tourism industry, and the dedicated staff working in these areas. We survive on the support of our membership with generous donations of time, equipment, and facilities by the community members and project sponsorship.