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As part of its ongoing commitment to working with local communities, Saudi Aramco has announced new key programs aimed at protecting the environment. The programs' inauguration was attended by His Highness Prince Saud Bin Nayef Bin Abdul Aziz, the governor of Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, who hosted the event.
"The launch of these initiatives aims to promote sustainability in everything we do by protecting the environment, investing in people, and providing job opportunities to improve the lives of communities," Amin Nasser, President and CEO of Saudi Aramco, stated.
In fact, Saudi Aramco is working closely with the Ajyal Center for Comprehensive Education and Life Skills (ACCEL), the Leading National Academy, and the Mangrove Eco-Park in providing knowledge and skills to communities. At the same time, the oil company is working to preserve the environment, while working with authorities in fulfilling the ongoing Saudi Green Initiative.
ACCEL is partnering with the US-based Arizona Centers for Comprehensive Education and Life Skills in providing education to individuals with disabilities. This is seen as crucial in being more inclusive to communities as a whole. Currently, 200 individuals are benefiting from the program, but the centers hope to serve up to 300 beneficiaries by 2024.
Furthermore, the Leading National Academy caters to female students with the aim at providing women with necessary skills for industrial roles. The institution saw 400 graduates by 2020 with the goal of reaching out to even more beneficiaries in the near future.
As mentioned earlier, Saudi Aramco is working with authorities in preserving the environment, while simultaneously providing local communities with knowledge and skills in achieving sustainability. In fact, the Mangrove Eco-Park was founded as part of an effort in protecting and maintaining mangroves, while helping the Kingdom cut back on its carbon footprints. The 64-square kilometer space is visited by over 100 species of birds, some of which include migrating birds from as far as Russia.
"The initiative goes beyond its name, as we are not just planting trees, but we are planting the future for our country and future generations," Nasser commented about Mangrove Eco-Park's ongoing efforts.