A peaceful picture of two horses standing near Dahshur lake in Giza, Egypt.
On another note, a piece from an article by a local news website:
"Dahshur lake under threat: Residents complain of state’s disinterest
Many Dahshur residents complain the nearby Royal Lake is being dried out to make room for a tourist village and that many antiquities thefts are taking place on its land, despite the US$3.1 million allocated in 2009 from a joint United Nations-government program to develop the area.
Residents have sent their complaints to the Tourism Ministry, and created many Facebook pages asking for the public’s solidarity in saving the ancient place.
Royal Lake is considered one of the most important historical treasures, dating back to the pharaonic era. It was dug as a water reservoir to avoid drought while the black mud-brick pyramid of Amenemhat was being constructed.
It is considered one of the last vestiges of Egypt’s agricultural ingenuity, and has been a spawning ground for migratory birds for centuries. But in spite of these historical and natural riches, the area is one of the least officially explored sites in the country.
UNESCO defined Dahshur as a World Heritage site in 1979. In 2009, the UN adopted a project to develop the area under the name “Mobilization of the Dahshur World Heritage Site for Community Development.” The project started as a joint program between five UN agencies in cooperation with five governmental institutions. The participants included the UN development program, UN World Tourism Organization, UNESCO, the Supreme Council of Antiquities and the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, among others.
"However, some Dahshur residents are all but enthusiastic about the project, and are extremely wary of its potential consequences in this pristine location. Youssef Abagui, a photographer, painter and a longtime resident of Dahshur, says the money allocated for the project was distributed to some local contractors supported by the local authorities.
No serious study of the ground was conducted prior to the project’s implementation, he says, and he suspects that the contractors have decided to pay more attention to making personal profits."(1)
This is only one example of things we can work on to make good, to make the world a better place.
Dahshur Lake is a site visited by different types of migrant animals and so, is part of these animals' ecological system. It is also a historical site that could be used smartly to bring more income to the area, as a method that could contribute to improving Egypt's weakened economy (without destruction of the place or disruption of the habitats of the animals living there) and bringing in monetary resources which can be used to develop Dahshur's surrounding areas for Dahshur's people as well.
When I visited the area last month, I found litter in the areas around the the lake's location.
So a maintenance is also in order, to reduce pollution in that sense.