KSRelief meets with Japanese, international relief agencies

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A delegation from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid And Relief Center arrived in Japan, headed by Director of Operations Support Department, Faleh Al-Subaie. (SPA)
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Updated 22 November 2018
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KSRelief meets with Japanese, international relief agencies

JEDDAH: A delegation from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid And Relief Center arrived in Japan, headed by Director of Operations Support Department, Faleh Al-Subaie, reported the state-run SPA.
The visit was organized in accordance with the directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and with the cooperation of the Japanese Red Cross and the Saudi Embassy in Tokyo, to make a symbolic contribution to the victims of the rains and floods that hit Japan last July.
It also aims to recognize the strong relations between Saudi Arabia and Japan at official and personal levels.
“This visit underscores the strength of the good relations between the Kingdom and Japan, the distinguished partnership between the two friendly countries, the continuation of the initiatives of the Kingdom and its positive humanitarian status in various countries, to reach all parts of the world,” said Al-Subaie
The Director General of the International Department of Japanese Red Cross Yousso Tanaka expressed his sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Kingdom, represented by KSRelief for this contribution to support the areas affected by natural disasters in Japan, indicating that it will strengthen the existing friendship between the two countries.
Meanwhile, general supervisor of KSRelief, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, met with the UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem Al-Hashemi, also the representatives of a number of international and humanitarian humanitarian organizations, at the center’s headquarters in Riyadh on Wednesday.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE recently launched the “Imdad” initiative for $500 million to meet Yemen’s food needs and targeting around 12 million Yemenis.
Dr. Al-Rabeeah said methods were discussed to meet the needs of the food security and nutrition sectors in the most affected areas in Yemen, mechanisms of access, especially under the control of the Houthi militia, and identify partners able to access those areas.
These methods are according to recent reports issued by the United Nations, indicating that the most vulnerable groups will be targeted children, pregnant women, nursing mothers and the elderly.
Dr. Al-Rabeeah stressed that the UN and international organizations must stand firm in the face of the violations committed by the Houthi terrorist militia that have deprived the Yemeni people of their values and restricted their freedom.
Dr. Al-Rabeeah stressed both countries keenness to help the Yemeni people in all areas, adding “a team of specialists has been formed in the two countries to develop details and mechanisms of access to the most affected groups, hoping to see the actual and positive results of the initiative soon on the ground as well as its intended impact and required effectiveness.
A separate KSRelief team also visited Saudi schools in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur to inspect the educational services provided to students of Rohingya refugees.
The project aims to provide educational services to students of Rohingya minority in Malaysia through teaching the Holy Qur’an, Arabic language, computer skills, science and mathematics, in addition to enhancing their educational process and mental health.
The Saudi schools in Kuala Lumpur were established in 1991 under the umbrella of the Saudi Embassy in Malaysia.


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