The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MEWA); celebrated the 51st Earth Day of 2021 under the theme “Restore Our Land” by organizing a scientific symposium.
A group of environmentalists participated in the symposium and spread environmental awareness; highlighted environmental challenges facing the planet. Besides, discussing current efforts and future initiatives to preserve and sustain the environment.
The symposium was opened by the Undersecretary for Environmental Affairs, Dr. Osama Bin Ibrahim Faqiha, during which he highlighted the recently announced Saudi green initiatives; which aims to plant 10 billion trees, and the Middle East Green initiative, which aims to plant 40 billion trees.
He stressed that the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 accords environmental protection of utmost importance through the launch of the National Environment Strategy; which includes 65 environmental initiatives at a total cost exceeding SR50bn.
“The Line” Project
The strategy deals with various environmental aspects such as enhancing environmental commitment, enhancing waste management and protecting marine and terrestrial habitats.
For his part, NEOM’s Chief Environment Officer Paul Marshall also underlined the promising “The Line” Project and reviewed the existing efforts to preserve nature in the NEOM region.
Meanwhile, Dr. Baron Orr of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); addressed the impact of desertification and drought on the environment and the importance of protecting and maintaining the Vegetation cover to combat this phenomenon.
Etaf Shehadeh from the UN Environment Program (UNEP) reviewed the most prominent environmental challenges facing the planet at present.
Dr. Raquel Peixoto of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST); also highlighted the importance of protecting coral reef ecosystems and their important role in the marine environment.
Dr. Jeremiah Negro of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); also referred to the efforts made by international organizations to protect the earth and conserve its resources for future generations.
The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture is also working on activating a group of programs and events; aim to enhance environmental awareness, and activate community participation among individuals and various sectors.
It also includes organizing a yearly environment week; celebrating global environmental days, and holding forums and seminars aimed at raising the level of environmental awareness.