UN lauds Saudi efforts to combat desertification

Ibrahim Thiaw (left), executive secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, meeting with Saudi Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Abdulrahman Abdulmohsen A. AlFadley, during his visit to Saudi Arabia early this month. (Twitter)
Updated 10 November 2019

UN lauds Saudi efforts to combat desertification

  • Thiaw stressed the need to transfer the Kingdom’s successful experiences and achievements to other countries with similar environmental conditions

RIYADH: The executive secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification commended the advanced and successful efforts of the Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture in the rehabilitation of vegetation in a number of locations.
Ibrahim Thiaw pointed out that the rehabilitation of vegetation in dry land areas faces significant challenges due to climatic and natural conditions.
This came during a meeting with the undersecretary of the ministry, Dr. Osama Fakiha.
The meeting discussed cooperation in combating desertification, land degradation and habitat loss. It also considered preparations for the environment at the G20 meetings, in addition to a visual presentation on the National Center for Plant Cover Development and Combating Desertification.
Thiaw stressed the need to transfer the Kingdom’s successful experiences and achievements to other countries with similar environmental conditions. He hailed the work done in Al-Zulfi and Al-Ghat parks.
Thiaw also met with officials in the water and agriculture sectors. He was briefed on the plans for rural development programs, and the rehabilitation of terraces in the southwestern areas.


Saudi Arabia records 54 coronavirus deaths, 3,383 new cases

Updated 02 July 2020

Saudi Arabia records 54 coronavirus deaths, 3,383 new cases

  • 4,909 cases have recovered from the COVID-19

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia reported 54 new coronavirus related deaths on Thursday and registered 3,383 new cases.

The Kingdom’s health ministry said that 4,909 people had recovered from the COVID-19 bringing the total number of recovery cases since the pandemic started to 137,669.

The capital Riyadh registered the highest number of cases with 397, followed by Al-Hafouf with 277, and then Makkah with 271.

A health ministry spokesman said that each area has its own health protocols and the public must adhere to these requirements.

Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Ali added that if individuals had to attend gatherings, whether for business or personal reasons, they must follow preventive measures at all times.