Saudi Arabia combats environmental challenge with 50bn trees



By Maureen Okon
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will plant 50 billion trees as part of its “two green initiatives” for the Middle East to tackle environmental risks.

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Nigeria Faisal Alghamdi at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday said the kingdom was interested in tackling climate change and environmental challenges in the region.

Alghamdi said, “The kingdom is announcing two green initiatives to plant 50 billion trees in the Middle East.

“This is due to the low level of precipitation which has affected the rise in temperature, increased dust waves and desertification, which in turn pose an economic threat to the region.

“The Saudi Green Initiative aims to improve the quality of life and protect future generations by increasing the level of vegetation, reducing carbon emissions, combating pollution and land degradation and preserving marine life.

“As part of this initiative, ten billion trees will be planted in the kingdom, representing four percent of global contributions to reducing carbon emissions.

“It also aims to increase electricity production in the kingdom to 50% by 2030, using a renewable energy program. ”

According to him, the second initiative targets the Middle East Green initiative, which will see the planting of 40 billion trees in the region.

The ambassador said 10 billion trees would be planted in the kingdom while 40 in Middle Eastern countries.

He said the initiative would see tree planting in the Middle East region in partnership with countries in the Gulf region and other countries in the Middle East.

“The initiative is in collaboration with other allies and organizations who look forward to working with the kingdom to achieve this goal.

“This is a regional plan launched by the kingdom to make a huge contribution to achieving the global climate change goals, which represent five percent of the global goal of planting one trillion trees.

“It will also reduce the global carbon rate by 2.5%. This joint effort will also help reduce carbon emissions by more than 10% of global contributions and also improve the efficiency of hydrocarbon technology in the region, ”he said.


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