Volunteer divers haul early 1,600 kg of rubbish from Jeddah’s waters

Updated 23 April 2018
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Volunteer divers haul early 1,600 kg of rubbish from Jeddah’s waters

  • 100 divers participated in the cleanup
  • National Environmental Awareness and Sustainable Development Programme aims to raise environmental awareness among Saudis

JEDDAH: One hundred divers managed to collect 1,673 kilograms of waste along the beachfront of north and south Jeddah on Sunday.

Under the slogan “We’ll take care of the waters while you handle the surface,” the divers volunteered to clean the sea as part of the six-month National Environmental Awareness and Sustainable Development Programme (NEASDP), which was launched earlier this year by Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishal bin Majid.

The NEASDP targets all Jeddah citizens and visitors and addresses all environmental issues through wide-ranging strategies that include waste management, recycling, the conservation of marine, coastal, and terrestrial areas, green buildings, the preservation of public property, environmental citizenship, and energy and water conservation.

The program also addresses issues such as climate change, environmental pollution, environmental health and safety, wildlife, and biodiversity.

In the short term, the program aims to raise the locals’ environmental awareness and develop sustainable, environment-friendly behaviors. 

In the long run, it aims to reinforce environment-friendly behaviors, shed light on environmental issues and sustainable development, and introduce a new sustainable mechanism for sustainable environmental education programs to achieve a high level of environmental public awareness that ensures the protection of the Saudi environment in a manner that contributes to attaining Vision 2030.


World Scouting, Saudi Arabian Scout Association discuss global assessment tool

SASA has been helping Hajj pilgrims for 47 years. (SPA)
Updated 13 November 2018
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World Scouting, Saudi Arabian Scout Association discuss global assessment tool

  • The association prepared for the jamboree by setting up a radio station in its headquarters of the association in Riyadh

JEDDAH: World Scouting, represented by the Global Support Assessment Committee (GSAT), held a meeting with the members of the secretariat of the Saudi Arabian Scout Association (SASA) at its headquarters in Riyadh on Sunday.
They discussed the final evaluation stages by using the Global Support Assessment Tool (GSAT) adopted by the World Scouting for the assessment of its member countries.
The meeting also reviewed the criteria for global evaluation and all its procedures to ensure quality.
The Saudi association joined the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) in 1963 and hosted the Arab Jamboree in Taif in 2000. There are over 50 million Scouts in the world and 28 million of them are Muslim.
SASA has been helping Hajj pilgrims for 47 years, adapting along the way to keep up with changing times and making use of new technologies.
Recently, SASA took part in the World Scout Jamboree Jota 61 on the Air and Joti 22 on the internet. The association prepared for the jamboree by setting up a radio station in its headquarters of the association in Riyadh.