G20 Countries Commit to Global Coral Reef Conservation and Land Preservation
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, July 16, 2020
G20 Environment Deputies met to discuss global environmental challenges and the importance of protecting the environment even in times of crisis.
Saudi Environment Deputy Minister, Osama Faqeeha, reaffirmed the commitment to the Saudi G20 Presidency aim of Safeguarding the Planet and the G20's commitment to contribute to land and coral reef conservation.
"The G20 recognizes the fundamental role of critical land and marine ecosystems in nature and in society. Together, we are committed to continue working in a spirit of cooperation to promote sustainable conservation of terrestrial and ocean ecosystems."
During the International Workshop on Coral Reef Conservation that preceded the meeting, G20 members, invited guests and regional and international organizations addressed the causes of coral reef degradation, its impact, and potential solutions. Participants noted that coral reefs possess ecological and socioeconomic value that benefits more than 1 billion people, with a global economic value that exceeds $1 trillion.
The Environment Deputies will hold a third meeting ahead of the G20 Environment Ministers Meeting in September 2020.
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