80 percent of Jeddah coast pollution caused by government departments

Updated 22 January 2013
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80 percent of Jeddah coast pollution caused by government departments

While Jeddah beaches’ pollution levels exceed global rates, a new study showed the environmental violations of government departments are the reason for 80 percent of the pollution of coasts as a result of violating environmental instructions while having no efficient control.
The study that was conducted on behalf of the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) stated all Jeddah beaches are polluted in different degrees, with the area stretching between northern Abhur Bay and the 30-kilometer area to the south, where swimming is prohibited, is extremely polluted.
The study showed vacationers and fishermen impact on the environment (pollution) does not exceed 10 percent. The process to tackle environment problems in Jeddah coast would take 15 to 20 years, according to the study.
Human intervention or through letting the nature repair itself could solve the problem, especially to deal with the the discharge of petroleum and chemical wastes into the sea by factories or ships, as well as waste water. All discharge points in the sea have to be closed, the study recommended.
The study also said that 94 percent of Jeddah’s seafront is owned by government and private entities. This fact has increased the volume of investment projects on the coast without conducting necessary studies to assess environmental effects before execution. The less than 6 percent remaining area is polluted and dangerous and not suitable for swimming.
The effects of petroleum and waste water (sewage water) pollution include the death of different marine animals during different times of the year, some fish are infected with bacteria, which threatens food security, poisonous substances are accumulated in the tissues of marine animals, a large percentage of coral reefs is destroyed in addition to the facts bad smells in several important locations and several coastal areas are unfit for fishing, swimming or diving.
Pollution caused an acute shortage in marine natural resources.


Clean sweep: Marine waste targeted in Red Sea tourism program

The program for eliminating marine debris will play an important material and moral role with the support of the residents of areas surrounding the seafront. (SPA)
Updated 22 September 2019

Clean sweep: Marine waste targeted in Red Sea tourism program

  • Debris major cause of death for marine life
  • Disintegration of plastic waste threaten human food resources

JEDDAH: A beach cleanup program targeting marine waste has been launched by the Red Sea Development Co. (TRSDC), the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The firm, which is behind the development of a luxury seafront tourism destination in Saudi Arabia, is already developing a range of environment-friendly policies such as zero-waste-to-landfill, zero-discharge-to-the-sea, zero-single-use plastics, and achieving 100 percent carbon neutrality. On Saturday it launched the Marine Debris Beach Clean Up Program as part of the Red Sea Project. “Eliminating marine debris is receiving increasing attention from the media that it has become a global cause, urging us to participate in protecting our virgin environment for which our seafront is known,” said TRSDC CEO John Pagano.
“The program for eliminating marine debris will play an important material and moral role with the support of the residents of areas surrounding the seafront. It will also shed light on the importance of reducing the use of nonrecyclable plastics, in addition to encouraging the disposing of these substances in a safe and sustainable manner.”
The TRSDC will continue to explore ways for recycled materials to be a source of employment opportunities for the area’s residents, he added. 
TRSDC is an official partner of the United Nations’ initiative to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the cleanup program will initially support two SDGs: Life Below Water and Life on Land. It will expand to support other SDGs, including Responsible Consumption and Production, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Decent Work and the Growth of the Economy, Ending Poverty, and Quality Education.

HIGHLIGHTS

• TRSDC is an official partner of the United Nations’ initiative to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the cleanup program will initially support two SDGs: Life Below Water and Life on Land.

• It will expand to support other SDGs, including Responsible Consumption and Production, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Decent Work and the Growth of the Economy, Ending Poverty, and Quality Education.

• Institutions or individuals wishing to take part in the beach cleanup program can find more details here: www.act4sdgs.org/partner/TheRedSeaProject

Dr. Rusty Brainard, chief environment officer at TRSDC, said: “Marine debris causes significant damage to the environment and is a major cause of death for many marine organism species, which may ingest these substances. Moreover, the disintegration of plastic waste into small pieces that penetrate into the food web base may also threaten human food resources. Our program for eliminating marine litter is a long-term project that includes ongoing monitoring of environmental health, as well as periodic intervention to clean up any waste in the Red Sea Project.”
TRSDC has teamed up with leading academic institutions in the Kingdom, such as King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and the University of Tabuk, on a number of educational initiatives, added Brainard.
The partnership between TRSDC and KAUST has led to an international competition — “Brains for Brine” — that encourages academics, scientists, engineers and the water industry to find solutions for managing the disposal of brine, which is a waste product of water desalination, in a sustainable and commercially viable way.
KAUST has also helped TRSDC with marine spatial planning for the Red Sea Project.
As part of the planning process, major environmental studies were carried out to ensure that the area’s sensitive ecology was protected both during and after completion of the development.
The final master plan, which preserves around 75 percent of the destination’s islands for conservation and designates nine islands as sites of significant ecological value, required several redesigns to avoid potential disruption to endangered species native to the area.
Institutions or individuals wishing to take part in the beach clean-up program can find more details here: www.act4sdgs.org/partner/TheRedSeaProject