Crown Prince greenlights ambitious 2030 targets for Saudi Royal Reserve’s
Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman, also the head of the Council of Royal Reserves, has officially endorsed the long-term strategic objectives for the Royal Reserves, set to be achieved by 2030.
These targets, aligned with the overarching strategies of the Royal Reserves, center on the safeguarding of wildlife, expansion of afforestation initiatives, promotion of sustainable eco-tourism, and the generation of employment prospects.
Notably, these sanctioned aims play a pivotal role in advancing the Kingdom’s sustainability initiatives and commitment to environmental preservation. They align seamlessly with the Saudi Green Initiative’s goals, aimed at protecting 30% of the country’s terrestrial and marine ecosystems by 2030.
Encompassing a total land area equivalent to 13.5% of Saudi Arabia, the seven distinct reserves are poised to contribute significantly to the Kingdom’s afforestation ambitions, with a target of planting over 80 million trees by the close of the decade.
Functioning as distinctive havens for ecotourism, the Royal Reserves stand as remarkable attractions that position Saudi Arabia as a premiere global tourist destination. Boasting an annual influx of more than 2.3 million visitors, these sites are also anticipated to revitalize and conserve more than 15 archaeological and historical sites by 2030.
As part of the strategic endeavors, the Royal Reserves will play a pivotal role in the protection and reintroduction of more than 30 endangered native animal species, reinstating them within the Kingdom’s borders.
Anticipated to spur both direct and indirect employment opportunities for local communities, these ambitious environmental and tourism objectives hold promise for sustainable economic growth.
It’s worth noting that the Council of Royal Reserves was established through royal decree with the core objective of shaping the strategic trajectory of the royal reserves system. This encompasses preserving its natural and environmental components, reintroducing wildlife, fostering developmental pathways, and fostering ecotourism, all while upholding the unique identity of each reserve.
Furthermore, dedicated commissions have been established to oversee the progression of royal reserves. These commissions are tasked with devising strategies, crafting plans, and managing all aspects related to the execution of operations and development initiatives.