It can seem that our planet is locked in a constant spiral of climate emergencies. Biodiversity loss, climate change, and environmental degradation continue to impact people and challenge wildlife, with more than 2,000 species under threat of extinction in the Middle East alone.
But we know the answer is within our reach, driven by practical solutions that harmonize efforts around the concept of comprehensive regeneration.
Comprehensive regeneration is an approach to catalyse development while at the same time prioritising the conservation of the environment.
It ensures a focus on restoring natural habitats with thriving ecosystems, celebrating and conserving our heritage, and carefully delivering new infrastructure and sustainable economic opportunities for our community.
In northwest Saudi Arabia, the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) is emerging as a leader in the practice of comprehensive regeneration. We employ coordinated strategies to revitalise natural habitats, support people and wildlife, and strengthen economic systems while ensuring the protection of both cultural and natural heritage.
Our partnership with IUCN, and the recent report on work to be undertaken together, is an important tool in guiding the delivery of these strategies. We have positioned the region’s natural heritage as a partner and an asset — not in competition with our sustainable development aims.