Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince
Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, who is also head of the Environment Committee, issued a statement on
the occasion of Arab Environment Day, which falls on October 14. The council of Arab
ministers in charge of environment was formed in 1986.
Prince Sultan declared that in line with the teachings of Islam, the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia has been giving the utmost attention to preservation of the environment, setting up
educational programs and effecting an integrated plan for management of its coastal
regions. The Kingdom's strategy is ideal exploitation of natural resources to meet the
requirements of the current generation without affecting the inheritance of the future
generations. Saudi Arabia has also introduced environmental issues into the school
syllabus, has established a national library and museum dedicated to the environment, and
distributes publications. He noted that the area of the national preserves for animals and
birds now exceeds 82,300 square kilometers. Saudi Arabia has hosted a number of regional
and international conferences and seminars on environmental problems, such as the June 1999
seminar on integrated management of waste materials organized in Jeddah under the
supervision of the Arab Institute for Urban Development.