Gulf of Aqaba’s coral reefs resilience highlighted at regional meeting

Minister of environment highlights Gulf of Aqaba’s coral reefs resilience to climate change

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A diver engaged in a careful inspection of the Aqaba coral reef. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — During the 20th ministerial meeting of the Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERSGA), held in Hurghada, Egypt, Minister of Environment Muawieh Radiadeh emphasized the resilience and capacity of the Gulf of Aqaba's coral reefs to withstand climate change, supported by scientific studies. The meeting brought together environmental ministers from the Kingdom, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, and Djibouti.اضافة اعلان

Safeguard the Red Sea’s biodiversity
During the meeting, Minister Radiadeh praised Djibouti's past presidency and the ongoing efforts of the organization in implementing pioneering programs for protecting the Red Sea's environment, with a special focus on the blue economy and sustainable fishing. He emphasized the need for regional collaboration to address environmental challenges and safeguard the Red Sea's biodiversity, with scientific studies supporting the adaptability of Gulf of Aqaba's coral reefs to climate changes, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

On the regional organization's 40th anniversary he highlighted the importance of diversifying funding sources through environmental funds and establishing a clear regional strategy for sustainable development. He also stressed the significance of coordinating national and regional efforts in mutually relevant topics to maximize the benefits of various programs and projects.

Enhancing cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Jordan
Meanwhile, he discussed environmental issues with Saudi Arabia's Minister of Environment, Water, and Agriculture with a focus on enhancing cooperation between the two sister countries. They particularly addressed protecting the Red Sea's environment, biodiversity, natural reserves, and Jordan's efforts in hosting the 16th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

Hurghada to protect coral reliefs by submerging military equipment
Furthermore, the Egyptian Ministry of Environment launched a project in Hurghada to protect coral reefs and alleviate pressure on diving sites by submerging military equipment, which enhances the coral reefs’ condition.

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