Imam Turki bin Abdullah Royal Reserve Participates in Saudi Green Initiative Day

The Imam Turki bin Abdullah Royal Nature Reserve Development Authority participated in Saudi Green Initiative Day, observed annually on March 27. The authority's participation aimed to raise public awareness about environmental issues and nature conservation through its official platforms.
The authority is committed to achieving the goals of Saudi Vision 2030 by protecting the environment and biodiversity in Saudi Arabia. This aims to address environmental challenges and support the Kingdom's global efforts in mitigating climate change and creating a vibrant society with a high quality of life. To promote a green and sustainable future, the authority encourages individuals in local communities to participate in environmental initiatives.
The authority's work focuses on preserving the natural environment, promoting vegetation cover, engaging communities in environmental awareness activities, and activating sustainable practices. These efforts align with the strategic objectives of the Council of Royal Reserves, which aims to achieve the targets of the Saudi Green Initiative. These targets include planting 10 billion trees in the Kingdom and protecting 30% of its land and marine areas by 2030.
The authority's initiatives have contributed to expanding vegetation cover in the reserve by dispersing seeds that aid in carbon storage, air purification, combating desertification, and mitigating the effects of climate change. The reserve, home to over 179 plant species, has seen successful afforestation projects that have led to the flourishing and expansion of vegetation cover.
As part of the authority's vegetation cover monitoring and evaluation project, academic studies and field research conducted detailed analysis using remote sensing technology, data analysis, and satellite images. This analysis revealed a significant increase in vegetation cover within the reserve. The vegetation cover area in the reserve multiplied from about 1.5% in 2018 to around 6.7%. The cumulative total of trees planted until 2023 reached 593,700 trees.
Spanning 91,500 square kilometers, the Imam Turki bin Abdullah Royal Reserve is the second-largest royal reserve in terms of area. It boasts stunning natural beauty and unique biodiversity, including rare species such as the rhim gazelles, Arabian oryx, Arabian ostrich, and a variety of plants and trees.

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