G20 countries commit to global coral reef conservation and land preservation

July 16, 2020

Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH — Environment deputies from the Group of 20 major economies met to discuss global environmental challenges and the importance of protecting the environment even in times of crisis.

During the meeting, Osama Faqeeha, Deputy Minister for Environment at the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture of Saudi Arabia, said that the Saudi G20 Presidency is committed to contributing to land and coral reef conservation as part of its to safeguard the planet.

"The G20 recognizes the fundamental role of critical land and marine ecosystems in nature and in society. Together, we are committed to continuing working in a spirit of cooperation to promote sustainable conservation of terrestrial and ocean ecosystems."

During the international workshop on coral reef conservation that preceded the meeting, G20 members, invited guests and regional and international organizations addressed the causes of coral reef degradation, its impact, and potential solutions. Participants noted that coral reefs possess ecological and socioeconomic value that benefits more than 1 billion people, with a global economic value that exceeds $1 trillion.

The environment deputies will hold a third meeting ahead of the G20 environment ministers meeting in September 2020.

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