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Red Sea Global Launches Sustainablility Stewards Initiative

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13 Aug 2020

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Red Sea Global Launches Sustainablility Stewards Initiative

Published

13 Aug 2020

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Members of the local community hired to play an active role in the conservation and enhancement of the site


 

Red Sea Global (formaerly known as TRSDC), the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism projects, The Red Sea and Amaala, is hiring a team of local Sustainability Stewards. The initiative will support with the delivery of several ongoing and new programs at the project site.

Earlier this year, a Project Manager and a Senior Specialist were hired and in this next phase, the team is set to grow to include four supervisors and 26 stewards from local communities. The full team is expected to be in place by the end of August 2020.

“Our new Saudi recruits will be responsible for conserving natural resources in a way that takes full and balanced account of the interests of Saudi society and future generations,”
said John Pagano, CEO at Red Sea Global.

“As members of the local community, they have a vested interest in protecting the habitat and species that call our site home. The new team brings a wealth of local knowledge which will be sharpened with the provision of a tailored training program in order to achieve our sustainability goals and ultimately enhance the destination.” 

 


The program covers general environmental awareness and local wildlife, and the impact of increased plastic recycling and alternatives. Each employee will receive comprehensive first aid and first response training in order to build confidence and knowledge of how to handle specific situations correctly and efficiently.


 

Deep-rooted in the cultural heritage of the local tribes is a formal conservation system known as “hima”. Tribespeople were historically responsible for ensuring the protection of the flora and fauna in their territories. The Red Sea destination area is rich in acacia trees, in part because the local Bedouin proscribed their destruction and used the trees selectively for firewood and home construction components.

The initial training workshop will present the wide variety of flora currently at the site. The objective of the training is to ensure that each recruit can identify key flora species and, particularly those that are poisonous. The workshop will also equip the new employees with an understanding of maintaining biodiversity, ecological balance and successful conservation of flora.

“The health of the ecosystems at our destination is a testament to a historic way of life intimately connected to the natural environment, This initiative aligns perfectly with Saudi Vision 2030 ensuring that local communities play a key role in our ambition to safeguard our environment and promote a wider appreciation for achieving environmental sustainability practices in everyday life.”
said John Pagano.
 

 



As part of their remit, the Sustainability Stewards will be responsible for engaging with the wider local communities, particularly with school children, to raise awareness of the environment and how best to protect it.

“The Sustainability Stewards will lead local education, engagement, and outreach programs, while promoting all RSG sustainability programs aimed at protecting and enhancing the environment. More importantly, we hope that this initiative will inspire environmentally sustainable behavior of people living around the site, as well as those visiting it, This initiative contributes to the restoration of traditional conservation systems, while simultaneously ensuring the Saudi local community benefit from the project through professional employment. The initiative also reflects our commitment to align the project with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to deliver a 30 percent net conservation benefit over the next two decades.”
said Dr. Rusty Brainard, Chief Environmental Sustainability Officer at RSG.

About Red Sea Global

Red Sea Global (RSG - www.redseaglobal.com) is a closed joint-stock company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia. It is a vertically integrated real estate developer with a diverse portfolio across tourism, residential, experiences, infrastructure, transport, healthcare, and services. This includes the luxury regenerative tourism destinations The Red Sea, which began welcoming guests in 2023, and AMAALA, which remains on track to welcome first guests in 2025. A third destination, Thuwal Private Retreat, will open this year, and RSG has also been entrusted with refurbishment works at Al Wajh Airport, focused on upgrading the existing terminal and infrastructure, and building a new international terminal. RSG is a cornerstone of Saudi Arabia’s ambition to diversify its economy. Across its growing portfolio of destinations, subsidiaries, and businesses, RSG seeks to lead the world towards a more sustainable future, showing how responsible development can uplift communities, drive economies, and enhance the environment.

RSG is the visionary company behind some of the world’s most ambitious development ventures, including luxury regenerative tourism destinations such as The Red Sea and AMAALA.

Across its portfolio, RSG leverages the most innovative concepts, strategies, and technologies to deliver projects that actively enhance the wellbeing of customers, communities, and environments.

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