Under the Saudi Green Initiative, Saudi Arabia has committed to protecting 30% of its terrestrial and marine area by 2030. Working in partnership with internationally leading biodiversity protection organizations such as the IUCN, this ambitious target will ensure that abundant wildlife and pristine landscapes will continue to define the natural ecosystem in the Kingdom.
Of land and sea currently protected
Dedicated to preserving the Arabian leopard
Animals rewilded in 2022
'No-take' Marine Protected Area to be established on Red Sea coast
Developing detailed programs to assess and track the effectiveness and impact of protected areas.
Determining categories and types of terrestrial and marine protected areas to protect critical ecosystems and vulnerable species.
Consulting with stakeholders associated with protected areas to develop and implement area master plans.
Delineating terrestrial and marine protected area boundaries through field visits, aerial photographs and remote sensing techniques.
Securing budget for staff recruitment and training to ensure appropriate management of protected areas.
Saudi Arabia will achieve the target to protect 30% of land and sea through a phased establishment of new protected areas. At present, dozens of initiatives run by government entities, NGOs and private sector organizations are working towards this goal. The protected areas cover a variety of geographies, including deserts, forests, mountains and coastal areas.