Monday, June 27, 2011

BBC Video about Faiyum development plans

BBC News

Showing both environmentalist and developer perspectives in the row over whether a beautiful area of the Faiyum, both archaeologically and environmentally unique, should be developed as a tourist resort. There is a lot of footage of the lovely scenery.

Environmentalists in Egypt are calling for the country's new rulers to cancel a major tourist development in an area famous for its natural beauty, history, geology and fossils.

The development in the area of Fayyoum, south-west of Cairo, was agreed in the final years of President Mubarak's rule.

Critics say there was no consultation, a classic example of the way business was done under the ousted ruler.

Jon Leyne reports.

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