by Ahmad Tamimi
The Abqaiq Nature Reserve, developed by the Southern Area/Central Region Community Services Department, looks to provide a safe haven for the Kingdom’s native plants and animals. From gazelles to reptiles to various forms of fish, plants, and flora, the reserve also has a visitor center that will be used for educational purposes and school visits. (Photos: Ibrahim Khayyat)
The Southern Area/Central Region Community Services Department (SA/CR CSD) recently took steps to join a worldwide conservation program by developing the “Abqaiq Nature Reserve” — a safe haven for Saudi Arabia’s native plants and animals.
Located close to the Abqaiq Cricket Field, the project was developed with the support of the Environmental Protection Department and the Saudi Wildlife Authority.
Giving Back to Nature
The site of the project was developed by a team from across SA/CR CSD divisions working on a single vision to create an area within Abqaiq that gives back to nature. The project went through several stages — from the planting of fauna and flora to the introduction of native animals.
Completed in four detailed phases, the project included providing a treasury water pipeline for irrigation of 2,100 local trees, providing bird shelters, and preparing and filling the lake with water and fish. Educational and informational signs about the plants and animals were also installed.
The sanctuary has a visitor’s center and a nature friendly walkway that will be used for educational purposes during school and community visits and environmental campaigns.
Also, late last year, four gazelles were released into their new sanctuary, representing the culmination of the project.
— The Arabian Sun: March 25, 2020 | Vol. LXXV, No. 13