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“We will not be able to protect our coral reefs properly if we continue to implement policies as usual. Drastic steps are needed to save the world’s corals,” he said.
In an effort to demonstrate his country’s seriousness, Faqeeha affirmed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will donate $10 million annually in the first 10 years to support coral conservation and restoration programs.
He also encouraged other countries, both members and non-members of the G20, as well as the private sector to contribute to coral preservation and restoration.
A representative from the World Coral Reef Funding Organization (GFCR), Yabanex Batista, also emphasized that his organization will prioritize Indonesia as a target in coral reef restoration and conservation programs.
Through the workshop, Jodi outlined plans to establish a Coral Stock Center (CSC) and build a Global Center of Excellence (GCoE) on Coral Reef as the world’s first center for developing science and technology related to coral reef ecosystems.
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