As per GRB magazine, Saudi Arabia has unveiled an ambitious initiative led by Crown Prince Mohammed Salman, aiming to plant 10 billion trees. The kingdom’s primary objective is to combat pollution and address land degradation over the next few decades. Riyadh intends to achieve this through significant government investment in existing solar energy and nuclear power projects.
As the world’s leading oil exporter, Saudi Arabia is committed to reducing its carbon emissions. It plans to generate 50% of the country’s energy from renewable sources by 2030. In a diplomatic move, the ministry of petroleum has been renamed the ministry of energy.
The Crown Prince has also introduced the Middle East Initiative, which seeks to unite regional countries facing similar environmental challenges. The initiative aims to launch the world’s largest afforestation project by planting over 50 billion trees on 40 million hectares of degraded land, with the goal of reducing more than 130 million tons of carbon emissions.
In their efforts to conserve water, they are using desalinated water and cloud seeding to cultivate trees that require minimal water. Additionally, the government plans to expand the protected desert and marine ecosystems to cover 30% of the country’s sovereign territory. This initiative is vital as it addresses annual economic losses of over $13 billion due to sandstorms and the adverse impact of greenhouse gases on Saudi life expectancy, reducing it by 1.5 years.…See More