RIYADH: When it comes to hospitality, The Red Sea Development Co. strives to provide guests with world-class service and unparalleled luxury.
It also leaves no stone unturned in its tireless efforts to preserve and protect the rich natural habitats and endangered species on the shores and neighboring islands of the Red Sea.
To accomplish this task, TRSDC has drawn up an ambitious master plan and invited renowned experts in ecology, marine biology and the environment to preserve the breathtaking landscapes of the Red Sea and admire the endangered species of this region.
The TRSDC Master Plan projects a net conservation benefit of 30% over the next two decades and will leave 75% of the island archipelago intact, with nine islands designated as Special Conservation Areas.
Additionally, the company plans to power the destination with 100% renewable energy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, which will be generated entirely by solar and wind power.
What else? He is building the largest battery storage facility in the world to guarantee supply at night.
Arab News spoke to three experts to gain insight into the company’s initiatives to safeguard the flora and fauna of the Red Sea.
Lamya AlOtai, Environmental Impact Assessment Specialist, TRSDC
Lamya AlOtai revealed that his group had spotted more than 100 species of birds at the monitoring site.
Some of the most frequently spotted birds fell under the high conservation priority order of Saudi Arabia’s National Biodiversity Strategy. They included crab-eating plovers, sooty hawks and osprey. These species have unique characteristics.
“For example, the crab-eating plover is a charming shorebird with an interesting breeding habit. they dig deep burrows to protect their young. They are the only waders to nest this way,” she says eagerly.
Its dedicated consultants have identified more than 1,700 crab-eating plovers on 15 islands. These crab clovers rely primarily on nearby crabs and mangrove habitats.
“The Red Sea coast is also home to sooty hawks. They are known to live in hot, arid environments, mountain cliffs, small rocky islands, and they are sensitive to disturbance.
Saud Almutairi, Environmental Planning and Assessment Specialist, TRSDC
Saud Almutairi confirmed that the company wants to increase its efforts to ensure that tourists enjoy the natural environment of the Red Sea.
“At TRSDC, we are raising the bar for regenerative tourists. We are committed to providing a tourist destination while preserving the environment and biodiversity,” Almutairi said.
“We use the best science and technology available to study avifauna and its relationship to other environmental components,” he added.
Almutairi noticed, for example, that falcons tend to breed in a hot, arid environment on rocky islands in the small cavities facing the sea.
“So it gets its natural isolation from any human activity. Therefore, we are conducting several surveys to ensure that we are developing certain buffer zones to protect them.
The company has also conducted several surveys to develop specific buffer zones to mitigate and manage environmental risks.
“We have set aside certain islands and areas as conservation areas to conserve our key natural assets in that area.”
Noura Islam, Deputy Manager of Environmental Management and Assessment, TRSDC
Noura Islam has constantly kept an eye out for some endangered species in the region, especially sea turtles.
“These species play an essential role in the balance of the region’s biodiversity. They are also known to provide nutrients to sandy beaches, and these beaches are vital for their nesting practices. At TRSDC, we are actively working to protect these species. Setting aside the islands, these islands will remain pristine.
She added: “Sea turtles are the most valuable marine species in our project. We have two species, green turtles and hawksbill turtles.
The company works with local entities to protect the species.
“For example, local entities rescued two turtles from our site and sent them to an aquarium to provide them with the necessary care. And once they regained their health, they were released back into the sea. And that’s one of our successes in how we protect the turtles at our site.