International collaboration vital to protect Red Sea, Jordanian royal says
International and regional collaboration is crucial to protecting the Red Sea ecosystem and advancing the field of science, a top person from the Jordanian royal family spoke on Saturday.
Prince El-Hassan bin Talal highlighted the importance of developing the great Rift Valley and addressing gaps to empower the local population, Jordan News Agency reported.
He stated that a scientific and efficient development that was based on common concerns was the key to stability. He also said that plan-making and sharing of information, knowledge and data are essential in combating climate change.
The conference was arranged through Jordan’s Higher Council for Science and Technology -which is headed by the prince who is chairman, in partnership in conjunction with the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority. The University of Jordan and Yarmouk University. The event was organized in accordance with the United Nations’ Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The goal is to highlight the important role colleges, research institutes and non-governmental and government organizations are playing in understanding and protecting this Red Sea environment.
HCST Secretary General Abdullah al-Moussa said the Red Sea is a crucial route for the global economy and not just the countries who reside along its shores. He stressed the need to safeguard its marine ecosystem as well as the urban environments along its shores.
Nayef al-Bakheet, who is the chief director for Nayef al-Bakheet, chief commissioner of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority. The event was expected to develop recommendations that will improve the marine environment of Aqaba. Aqaba Marine Reserve Aqaba Marine Reserve is aiming to be included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Khaled Toukan, the head of the Fellowship advisory committee, said that hundreds of vessels pass throughout the Red Sea every day, which impacts the ecosystem, and the aim of the meeting was to share concepts based on actual information on sea level and temperatures, waste marine life and conservation of coral reefs.
Costas Papanikolas, an adviser on climate change for the President of Cyprus, declared it essential to devise an action plan to address regional issues, noting there was a drop in the amount of regional and international research and funding for climate change.