CAIRO, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad said on Thursday that Egypt has a rich natural heritage as natural reserves occupy 15 percent of its total land area.
Fouad made the remarks during a meeting with students of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport in Alexandria.
"Egypt is home to diverse ecosystems and its natural reserves are very much varied," the minister was quoted by official MENA news agency as saying.
She also underlined the importance of developing the infrastructure and potentials of these reserves.
The political leadership attaches great importance to developing natural tourism as well as promoting public awareness toward environmental protection, Fouad pointed out.