By Innovation-sa on June 10, 2018 in News

In a move to protect the Kingdom’s natural environment and wildlife and to transform them into tourist destinations, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman issued a royal decree establishing the Council of Royal Reserves under the chairmanship of Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman.

Nine areas have been designated as royal reservations and their board of directors has been appointed to help promote natural landscapes as tourist destinations as well as to limit overfishing and overgrazing, prevent deforestation and maintain and encourage vegetation. The designated areas will not be fenced off because they are public property.

The royal order declared that each natural reserve must have its own independent management and budget and allowed a three-month duration to the Experts Commission at the Council of Ministers to appoint qualified leaders to manage each reserve.

The scope of ecotourism is on the rise globally and the nine locations identified by the royal decree will help the Kingdom become a renowned ecotourism hub in the Middle East. Its rich flora and fauna, as well as biological, geological, and genetic diversity that have tremendous potential to withstand harsh environmental conditions, will attract global tourists and provide alternate sources of income to the Kingdom in line with Vision 2030.