Riyadh to host international afforestation technology event

The last two initiatives were included in the declaration of environment ministers during Saudi Arabia’s G20 presidency in 2020.

Last October, the crown prince announced two initiatives worth 39 billion Saudi riyals ($10.39 billion) to combat climate change, to which Saudi Arabia will contribute about 15% of the total cost.

The Saudi Arabian Green Initiative and the Middle East Green Initiative aim to plant 10 billion trees.

The International Afforestation Technology Exhibition and Forum will feature around 150 different events involving international and local agencies, government, the commercial sector and non-profit environmental groups.

The event will also bring together around 90 environmental, climate, sustainable development and investment experts from around 20 countries and global organizations.

There will be 19 dialogue sessions, workshops, more than 50 scientific papers and about 80 exhibitors who will showcase their products, ideas and innovations.

They reflect the latest technological advances in desertification control and minimization, development and protection of vegetation cover, as well as the latest achievements in experimentation, research and scientific research.

The exhibition covers topics such as nurseries, seeds, afforestation and technology, land restoration and desertification, irrigation technology, forestry management and development, water sources and technology, environmental solutions for carbon storage in plants, pest control and agricultural waste management.

The National Center for Land Cover Development and Desertification Control works to protect and control land cover areas across the Kingdom, restore those that have degraded, detect encroachment, combat deforestation and oversee management and investment. in grasslands, forests and national parks, which contributes to sustainable development of the environment and contributes to the goals of the Saudi Green Initiative.

Experts told Arab News that these investments are necessary to achieve global goals for environmental protection, climate change control and greenhouse gas mitigation.

Dr. Amal Aldaej, Advisor for International Relations and Strategic Partnerships, said the Saudi Green Initiative is seen as the largest initiative to accelerate the Kingdom’s path to a healthy, clean and green future.

“This initiative will help reduce carbon emissions and sandstorms, combat desertification and land degradation, and lower temperatures. It will also help restore the country’s degraded ecosystems and improve natural capital,” she said.

She added that the Saudi Arabia Green Initiative will connect communities with high-level political, technical and financial assistance, which will have a significant social and economic impact.

She stressed that regional alliances will play a critical role in addressing the challenges of climate change and global warming. Through regional alliances and joint efforts to address climate change, adaptation and mitigation can play a critical role in investment and sustainability.

Aldaej explained that there is a strong link between climate change and sustainable development through regional alliances. Poor and developing countries, especially the least developed countries, will be among the hardest hit and least able to cope with projected shocks to their social, economic and natural systems, resulting in transboundary climate problems.

“Issues related to climate change and global warming can affect the countries of the region, as well as other regions. Sustainable goals can only be achieved through regional alliances by investing and building sustainability together. »

Environmental activist Talal S. Al-Rashid emphasized the “importance of revitalizing the role of civil society organizations” to achieve this goal.

Al Rashid, Gulf Energy’s environmental advisory consultant, said the Saudi Green Initiative and the Middle East Green Initiative underline the importance of land conservation and the Kingdom’s leadership in helping to achieve global goals.

Saudi Arabia is facing many environmental challenges, including high temperatures of 52 degrees Celsius in parts of the country and a lack of rainfall, threatening water security and increasing sandstorms and their detrimental economic impact.

Al-Rashid said the ministry is prioritizing community participation in growing local plants to raise environmental awareness.