A paper detailing the marine spatial planning models that informed master planning of the Red Sea Project has been published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Marine Science.
The paper was co-authored by a multinational team of researchers including scientists from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, the National Technical University of Athens and the University of Thessaly.
Work was carried out alongside executives from the Red Sea Development Company, the master developer behind the Project.
The paper describes how the research team used marine spatial planning to generate net positive conservation outcomes for the 2,081-kilometre squared Al Wajh lagoon through the development of project.
The lagoon, which includes more than 90 islands, features valuable habitats including coral reefs, seagrass, and mangroves that are home to several species of global conservation importance, such as sea turtles and seabirds.
“The Red Sea Development has committed to setting a new global standard in sustainable development and to sharing our learnings with the world,” said John Pagano, chief executive of the Red Sea Development Company.
“The results of this study demonstrate that, through careful design and planning, coastal…