A grant from “Amazon Saudi Arabia” to support a research project to preserve coral reefs in the coasts of the Kingdom

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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology announced that it has received a grant from Amazon Saudi Arabia to support a research project aimed at preserving and protecting coral reefs along the coasts of the Kingdom. The project will provide new tools that contribute to strengthening the leading global environmental initiative called the Global Platform for Accelerating Research and Development of Coral Reefs (cordap.org). The member states of the G20 Summit launched the global initiative led by the Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology as a A major party to the initiative, during the Kingdom’s presidency and hosting of the summit in 2020. The research project will study the ability of coral reefs in the Red Sea coasts of the Kingdom to withstand in the face of climate threats facing coral reefs at the global level. The research project is in line with the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which aims to stimulate growth and economic diversification, environmental sustainability, and the development of the public service sector.

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology is considered a major global center for efforts to conserve, protect and restore coral reefs, thanks to the university’s advanced infrastructure and extensive and rich experience in coral reef conservation. KAUST also has significant experience in managing competitive financing operations globally, as well as the partnerships it brings together with a number of well-known companies such as Amazon.

Professor Carlos Duarte, a professor at KAUST, said: “We extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to Amazon for its generous contribution and donation to support this very important project, which helps us achieve a clearer understanding of the factors that lead to the loss of coral reefs caused by the phenomenon of coral reefs. Climate change. We hope that Amazon’s contribution will inspire other companies in the private sector to help achieve long-term sustainability by launching initiatives that come within the framework of promoting awareness of environmental responsibility.”

It is noteworthy that Amazon’s donation to this project is part of efforts to support investment programs aimed at preserving natural resources in the communities in which the company operates.

Commenting on Amazon’s support for the project, Dr. Hatem Samman, head of public policy for Amazon in Saudi Arabia, said: “Amazon is committed to improving environmental conditions and preserving biodiversity in the communities in which we operate. We are pleased to contribute to supporting efforts aimed at preserving a sustainable environment in the Kingdom, And to continue to provide support to the countries of the world in their journey to combat climate change and reduce its harmful effects on the environment, by supporting the coral reef conservation project at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, and by contributing to the global platform for accelerating research and development of coral reefs, which was launched during the Kingdom’s presidency and hosting of a group The 20th under the leadership of the Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture.

The research project will address various aspects of preserving and protecting coral reefs, including the causes of coral bleaching associated with high water temperatures, and specifically the role of low oxygen concentration in water in the occurrence of this phenomenon. The research will also include the implementation of an analytical evaluation study based on conducting experiments, to measure the ability of symbiotic algae to adapt to increasing water temperatures. The project will also include launching an awareness campaign targeting the general public in the Kingdom to enhance the level of awareness of the importance of coral reefs to the marine environment, the threats they face, and the roles that community members can play to save and protect coral reefs.

Dr Larissa Frohi, who co-chairs the KAUST research project, said: “Using applications for new advances in genomics to assess biodiversity and the response of coral reefs to temperature change will provide us with important information that informs our strategies. And the means to be adopted to preserve the safety of the marine environment in the Red Sea and elsewhere.

It is worth noting that the coral reefs along the coasts of the Red Sea in the Kingdom, which are known for their resilience, are an ideal environment for scientific research related to addressing and reversing the effects of threats facing coral reefs at the global level. Conserving coral reefs, and conducting studies and research related to their protection, is a major focus of the Kingdom’s efforts to achieve environmental sustainability.

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