The King Abdulaziz Royal Nature Reserve has been granted membership in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for its efforts in preserving nature reserve resources, restoring ecological balance, and engaging local communities in developing wildlife.
In accordance with best international standards and practices, the King Abdulaziz Royal Nature Reserve is the first Royal reserve in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to be granted IUCN membership, allowing it to benefit from the union's global wildlife database as well as the opinions of 18,000 experts and specialists.
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According to Saudi Press Agency, the esteemed membership allows it to form alliances, exchange expertise with other members, and participate in the union's meetings and conference, which are held every four years.
The reserve also intends to expand its work aimed at protecting the environment and nature in accordance with best international practices in order to ensure environmental sustainability for today's and future generations in accordance with the Saudi Vision 2030 and Saudi Green Initiative targets.
IUCN, founded in 1948, is an international organization dedicated to nature conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources.
Over 1,400 governmental and non-governmental organizations from over 160 countries are members of the IUCN.
Saudi Arabia became a member of the union in 1981.