The UN estimates that every second of the past 9 years, one person has been displaced due to the effects of climate change. El Max, known as Alexandria’s “Little Venice,” is a small, impoverished fishing community facing the possibility of losing their homes as sea levels continue to rise. The World Bank considers the Nile Delta extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, facing high poverty rates for a growing population.
Built below sea level, Alexandria has always experienced regular flooding and the effects of climate change are only exacerbating the issue. According to the United Nations, sea level will increase by about 27 inches by 2050 effectively destroying the beaches of El Max. Since March 2018, the local government has forced half of the El Max inhabitants to move from their homes, and fishermen in the community are afraid of losing their livelihood. Climate change is decreasing food security in the already struggling region. The impacts of rising temperatures and sea levels could cut agricultural productivity by 15-20%. Warmer water temperatures are leading larger fish into deeper, cooler water, leaving fishermen unsure of their future.