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  The Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council praises the Great Attention the GCC States attach to Wildlife

GCC- Riyadh
The Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, praised the great attention that the GCC States attach to wildlife, believing in the importance of preserving wildlife and biodiversity in the GCC States, and protecting their environments to preserve the natural balance of life.
He said that the GCC States celebration of the on the 30th of December of each year, the GCC day of wildlife  reflects their commitment with the international community to treaties and conventions concerned with the protection of biodiversity and the role of the GCC states in this regard. In addition to its continuous efforts to develop natural environments that embrace living organisms, establish natural reserves in land, coastal and marine environments, and protect the environment in general from pollution; In implementation of the GCC agreement for the preservation of wildlife and its natural habitats, approved by their Majesties and Highnesses, leaders of the GCC states at the 22nd session of the Supreme Council held in Muscat in 2001.
The Secretary General appreciated the decision of the GCC ministers responsible for environmental affairs to choose the title (Towards sustainable environmental tourism) as the slogan for the year 2019, for the tourism sector great importance in sustainable development and the role it plays in raising the awareness in preserving wildlife when implementing economic and development projects, in addition to the real and targeted meaningful investment of ecotourism, which takes a wide field in this important sector.
Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani mentioned the efforts made by the ministries and institutions concerned with the environmental conservation in the GCC States and their tireless work at the national, regional and international levels in the field of environmental and wildlife conservation, activating the GCC joint environmental work through the implementation of the GCC agreement to preserve wildlife and its natural habitats and adopting strategic plans and programs for joint work, in addition to enhancing cooperation and joint coordination with international institutions, particularly the United Nations Environment Program in implementing the Green Gulf Initiative, which includes an ambitious program to manage the environmental circles for the safety and security of healthy eco-friendly life in the GCC States.