Amidst efforts to boost ecotourism in the country, Saudi Arabia is set to launch two major projects with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).
A joint agreement was signed between Red Sea Development Company and King Abdullah Science and Technology University (KAUST) to enhance research and environmental studies in Saudi, state-run Saudi press agency (SPA) reported. The mutual cooperation will focus on environmental sustainability, energy conservation and food security in the region and scientifically monitor environmental changes and protect biodiversity in the Red Sea. The project is expected to ensure environmental balance and climate sustainability to achieve carbon neutrality, thereby minimizing greenhouse gases that cause ozone rupture and global warming. It is estimated that by 2040, there will be a 30 per cent growth in biodiversity in the Red Sea.
Various other initiatives will also be implemented through the agreement to generate electricity from wind and solar energy.
Meanwhile, KAUST announced another joint project with NEOM, a futuristic city built on the red sea, to create the largest coral garden worldwide by 2025. According to a statement cited by SPA, the project will cover 100 hectares on Shusha Island on the shores of the Red Sea and is expected to make NEOM a global trailblazer in developing and restoring coral reefs.
Shusha Island Coral Park targets opening up opportunities for research and development with over 300 species of coral and 1,000 species of fish. The project intends to emphasize on conservation solutions and reduce the effects of climate change.
The joint project with NEOM and pioneering a research agreement with the Red Sea Development company marks the largest technology transfer deals in KAUST's history that uses innovations originating from the university, noted KAUST President Tony Chan.