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Saudi Royal Reserves to Plant 80 Million Trees Aiming to Attract 2.3 Million Tourists
Saudi Royal Reserves to Plant 80 Million Trees Aiming to Attract 2.3 Million Tourists

Saudi Arabia is aiming to attract more than 2.3 Million tourists to its Royal Reserves as it looks to protect wildlife and develop eco-tourism, including planting 80 Million trees by 2030.

With a comprehensive strategy to achieve sustainability and environmental protection, the Royal Reserves are charting a course for a greener future for Saudi Arabia.

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The Strategic Vision

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The Council of Royal Reserves, chaired by the Crown Prince, has approved a series of strategic targets for 2030. These targets are designed to support the broader goals of the Royal Reserves, with a particular focus on wildlife protection, afforestation, and promoting eco-tourism.

“These targets will contribute to the overall sustainability and environmental protection efforts of the Kingdom, aligning with the Saudi Green Initiative.”

The Initiative aims to protect 30 percent of the terrestrial and marine areas in Saudi Arabia by 2030. The seven reserves, which make up 13.5 percent of the total area of Saudi Arabia, will play a crucial role in achieving this target.

Afforestation Efforts

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One of the primary goals of the Royal Reserves is to meet the Kingdom’s afforestation targets. By 2030, more than 80 million trees will be planted nationwide. 

This massive afforestation project is part of a broader effort to transform the landscape of the Kingdom and create a more environmentally friendly future.

Eco-Tourism

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The Royal Reserves are not just about conservation. They are also being developed as unique destinations for eco-tourism. The aim is to attract more than 2.3 million visitors annually, making the Kingdom a leading tourist destination.

“The Royal Reserves will offer tourists an unparalleled opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Kingdom while contributing to its environmental sustainability.”

Job Creation

The strategic targets of the Royal Reserves are also designed to create job opportunities. Developing eco-tourism and implementing the afforestation project will provide many direct and indirect job opportunities for local communities.

Wildlife Protection

A core part of the Royal Reserves’ strategy is the protection of endangered native animals. More than 30 species are set to be reintroduced into the country under these targets. This effort will not only contribute to the biodiversity of the Kingdom but also strengthen its ecological balance.

Heritage Preservation

In addition to environmental protection, the Royal Reserves are also committed to preserving the Kingdom’s cultural heritage. By 2030, more than 15 archaeological and historical sites will be rehabilitated and protected.

The Role of the Council of Royal Reserves

The Council of Royal Reserves, established by a royal decree, is responsible for defining the strategic directions of the reserves.

Its mission is to preserve the environmental and natural components of the reserves, reintroduce wildlife, and promote their development. In addition, it is tasked with stimulating eco-tourism while ensuring that each maintains its unique identity.

Kingdom’s future

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The strategic targets of the Royal Reserves for 2030 represent a bold vision for a greener, more sustainable Saudi Arabia. Through afforestation, wildlife protection, eco-tourism promotion, and job creation, the Royal Reserves are set to play a vital role in the Kingdom’s future.

By charting this course, the Royal Reserves, under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, are not just preserving the natural beauty of the Kingdom for future generations but also contributing to its economic and social development.

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