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Creating a greener future in the Middle East

Trees help to improve air quality, reduce soil erosion and provide habitats for wildlife, while helping to mitigate the effects of climate change.

The planting of 50 billion trees across the Middle East is the equivalent of restoring 200 million hectares of degraded land. A fifth (10 billion) trees will be planted within Saudi Arabia’s borders, with the remaining 40 billion being planted across the region in the coming decades.

Achieving this target will help to generate new employment opportunities and strengthen the resilience of remote communities. In addition, the trees will provide numerous other benefits such as stabilizing soils, protecting against floods and dust storms and helping reduce CO2 emissions by 2.5% of global levels.

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Achieving global impact through regional collaboration

Saudi Arabia is creating a number of regional Centers and Programs that will be instrumental in providing the knowledge and expertise needed to successfully implement this unprecedented tree planting effort. In addition, this infrastructure will help to attract investment, strengthen cooperation on key areas of importance and enhance knowledge exchange, leading to a better future for global humanity.

Action 1

Inclusive forward planning

Conducting workshops to strategically plan for how to plant 40 billion trees across the region.

Action 2

Tracking the impacts of climate change in MENA

The Regional Center for Climate Change Studies will facilitate knowledge transfer and provide data to spur innovation of new solutions.

Action 3

Boost regional rainfall

A region-wide cloud seeding program will provide much-needed precipitation, providing cleaner air and improved conditions for vegetation growth.

Action 4

Early warnings to mitigate the impact of storms

An early storm warning center will enable proactive and preventative steps to reduce the impact of adverse weather events.

Action 5

Collaborate to protect marine biodiversity

The Regional Center for Sustainable Fisheries Development will ensure that marine life thrives, while livelihoods are safeguarded.

Bringing many initiatives together under a common goal

The Middle East and Africa’s involvement in the fight against climate change is critical not just for the region, but for the world.

The goals set under the Middle East Green Initiative are inspiring countries to do more to make a carbon free future possible, not only to help the region, but to engender global impact.

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