KSA marks World Wildlife Day

Updated 04 March 2016
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KSA marks World Wildlife Day

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia joined the rest of world in observing the United Nation’s World Wildlife Day on Thursday to foster awareness among citizens and residents to protect and conserve biodiversity.

World Wildlife Day is observed every year on March 3 to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild flora and fauna.
The Kingdom is participating in the worldwide celebration, represented by the Saudi Wildlife Authority (SWA), which is committed to the UN vision adopted in September last year, “the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda,” that seeks to provide security and prosperity for all creatures.
Prince Bandar bin Saud bin Mohammad, president of Saudi Wildlife Authority (SWA), commented on the participation of the Kingdom saying, “we aim to shed light on the efforts and achievements of the government under the visionary leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman toward the preservation of wildlife and natural habitats at national, regional and international levels.”
On this occasion, Prince Bandar also praised the sincere efforts made by the Ministries of Interior, Commerce and Industry, and Municipal and Rural Affairs as well as the Saudi Customs and Border Guards in the application of a system for fungal species and their products endangered to extinction in the Kingdom.
Earlier, he underlined that people’s existence never strengthened in absence of a natural balance between aspects controlling the lives of all creatures.
Although the Kingdom lies within a typical arid to semi-arid region, it is characterized by its unique biological diversity and species that could acclimatize to live under adverse ecological circumstances, including weather and dry conditions.
The SWA was established by a royal decree giving it a mandate to prepare and implement plans to sustain terrestrial and marine wildlife, and rehabilitate rare and threatened species and their habitats with the ultimate goal of regaining the natural environmental balance.
The Mahazath Sanctuary in Kingdom recently won the best wildlife sanctuary award given by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Being one of the outstanding sanctuaries fenced and protected for wildlife upkeep, the Mahazath protected area in central Saudi Arabia is also a confirmation that wildlife resettlement with protected programs has achieved steady successes in the Kingdom.
The United Nations General Assembly on Dec. 20, 2013, during its 68th session, proclaimed March 3rd, the day of the signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day as worldwide wildlife is facing many challenges.
The biggest threats to wildlife are habitat loss as well as overgrazing, farming and development.
Poaching and trafficking in wildlife, driven by transnational organized crime groups, pose the most immediate threat to many iconic species.


New technologies help increase number of flights, passengers in Saudi Arabia’s airports — GACA

Updated 24 March 2019
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New technologies help increase number of flights, passengers in Saudi Arabia’s airports — GACA

  • More than 99.86 million passengers departed or arrived through 771,828 flights in the Kingdom's international and domestic airports in 2018
  • GACA is due to host Global Aviation Summit 2019 on April 1 and 2 in Riyadh

JEDDAH: New technologies applied in Saudi Arabia's airports has contributed to aviation growth in the Kingdom and has provided solutions for passenger’s trips, air cargo and investments, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has said.

GACA earlier reported an 8 percent increase in passenger numbers and 4 percent in flight rates in 2018.

It said more than 99.86 million passengers departed or arrived through 771,828 flights in the Kingdom's international and domestic airports in 2018, compared to 92.42 million passengers on board 741,293 flights in 2017.

"The GACA is keen to adopt plans to develop the Kingdom's airports network in order to keep pace with the steady increase in air traffic, increase the reliability of services, maximize geographic coverage and enhance the contribution of the airports to the overall economic growth of the country," it said.

For example, it said, GACA provides information through technology to reduce paperwork, operating costs and streamline business processes while reducing time to address them.

Most prominent among these e-services is the “Self-Services at the Kingdom's airports” that include check-in kiosks that provide boarding passes and luggage identification cards and self-service baggage drops that allows passengers to self-check their luggage.

It also provides self-scanning devices for bags in the arrival halls, ensuring that all baggage and other cargo arrive at the airport through the installation of electronic gates for the passage of freight vehicles before being emptied into the luggage compartment. 

Electronic gates and document scanning machines ensure that a traveler's information is correct and that boarding passes, passports, national identity and residency are valid.

Other services include airport operations systems and flight information display for some domestic airports.

To ensure accuracy in the flight schedules, GACA said it is working on a project to link the Saudi Arabian Airlines traffic management system to the Airport Management System, of which 50 percent has been completed.

GACA is due to host Global Aviation Summit 2019 on April 1 and 2 in Riyadh to review the infrastructure projects for airports and smart airports, the available opportunities to operate the airports and provide advanced services and consultations in civil aviation, among others.