Head of the Meteorology and Environment Protection Agency (MEPA) Prince Turki bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz is in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, heading the Kingdom’s delegation to the Seventh Ordinary Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. The meeting's priority issues include the biological diversity of mountain ecosystems and the role of protected areas in its preservation, as well as implementation of the target set at its sixth meeting to achieve, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss of biodiversity. It is also expected to follow up on the call for action issued at the World Summit on Sustainable Development to negotiate an international regime on access and benefit sharing within the framework of the Convention.
Meanwhile, it was announced yesterday that Prince Turki will chair a three-day conference opening in Riyadh on February 28 to explore the executive regulations of the recently-passed General Law on the Environment. The conference, organized by Kaid Al-Injaz Environment Services Company in association with MEPA, has the aim of explaining the law's executive regulations, including types of violations and fines, as well as emphasizing its benefits in terms of protecting the environment.