Egypt’s Ministry of Environment denied the government’s intention to privatize natural reserves in Egypt. The Egyptian Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) contacted the Ministry of Environment over the circulated rumor, the IDSC said in a statement. It added that the Ministry of Environment denied the rumor completely, asserting that nature reserves are always under the control of the Ministry of Environment in accordance with the law. The ministries of environment and tourism coordinate regarding the development of protected areas and converting them into tourist attractions, in addition to the promotion of eco-tourism, according to the IDSC. The Ministry of Environment appealed to the various media outlets to maintain accuracy and objectivity when publishing news in order to avoid raising the anger or confusion of citizens.
Source: Egypt Independent January 11, 2019 12:45 UTC