Prince Hassan urges cooperation to preserve Red Sea ecosystem

1. Prince Hassan
HRH Prince Hassan speaks (center) at the "First International Conference on the Red Sea Ecosphere: Conservation and Management of the Red Sea Marine Environment". (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — HRH Prince Hassan, chairman of the Higher Council for Science and Technology, emphasized the importance of regional and international cooperation to protect the Red Sea ecosystem at the "First International Conference on the Red Sea Ecosphere: Conservation and Management of the Red Sea Marine Environment" on Friday.اضافة اعلان

At the conference, which runs till Sunday, Prince Hassan highlighted the Red Sea's role as an important source of natural resources for community and population stability. He stressed the need for proactive planning and exchanging relevant knowledge, experience, and reliable information to better adapt to climate change and mitigate its impacts, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

Genuine, scientific, and effective development based on common interests, said Prince Hassan, is the foundation for stability on all fronts, including environmental stability.

Prince Hassan also emphasized the significance of developing the Great Rift Valley and addressing disparities to empower its people.

The biennial conference, which is put on by the Higher Council for Science and Technology in collaboration with the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), the University of Jordan, and Yarmouk University, brings focus to the crucial role that colleges, research institutions, and governmental and non-governmental organizations play in understanding and preserving the Red Sea's environment.

Held in response to the UN General Assembly's proclamation of "a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021–2030)", the conference this year seeks to illuminate the long-term environmental and developmental threats and pressures facing the Red Sea region, its resources, and the marine environment as a result of political developments, malpractices, and conflicts.

Secretary-General of the Higher Council for Science and Technology Abdullah Al-Moussa, at the conference, said the Red Sea is a strategic corridor for the global economy, not just for nations along its shores. This, he said, is why it is important to safeguard its marine ecosystem and the environments of cities along its coast.

ASEZA Chief Commissioner Nayef Al-Bakheet stated that the conference brings together renowned environmentalists from Jordan and beyond, which he hopes produces recommendations that benefit Aqaba's marine environment.

Head of the Fellowship Advisory Team of the Higher Council of Science and Technology, Khaled Toukan, said that hundreds of ships pass through the Red Sea every day, impacting its environment. This conference, he said, aims to present recommendations based on real data regarding sea level and temperature, waste, marine life, and the preservation of coral reefs.

Advisor to the president of the Republic of Cyprus on climate change, Costas Papanikolas, emphasized the need to develop an action plan to address the region's specific challenges, citing a decline in international and regional funding for climate change research and suboptimal use of technology.

The conference features sessions and discussions on the state of the coastal and marine environment, climate change and its impact on the environment, the biosphere of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba, coral reef studies, integrated coastal management, remote sensing techniques and geographic information systems, physical and chemical analyses, and pollution.

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