TRSDC launches programme to protect endangered turtles

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) – which is wholly owned by the kingdom’s sovereign Public Investment Fund (PIF) – has launched a programme in cooperation with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) to protect endangered turtles in the Red Sea gigaproject.

The programme will see the endangered turtles in the Red Sea project being tracked, with the aim of understanding marine organisms in their natural environment.

Since 2019, the company has marked and tracked 20 green turtles. The initiative will be expanded to include 10 hawksbill turtles.

Phase 1 of the programme is expected to be the cornerstone of the company’s efforts to build a sustainable development, and will also help in setting future development plans for the Red Sea project.

TRSDC said that the tracking data will be used to plan and determine the environmental protection sites that the company will define later, as it is expected to propose and define “nine islands” as special protection areas.

The Red Sea gigaproject is a luxury tourism destination project, which is being developed on an area spanning 28,000 km2, and includes more than 90 islands, mountain, canyons, dormant volcanoes, as well as cultural and heritage sites, and will feature hotels and residential properties, and leisure, commercial, and entertainment destinations.

Phase 1 of the gigaproject, which includes the completion of necessary infrastructure for the destination, is currently being developed.

The latest programme is in line with TRSDC’s aim to develop new standards for sustainable development and its commitment to promoting an environmentally friendly environment.

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