We maintain 10 sites across Saudi Arabia that have been designated as Corporate Biodiversity Protection Areas; a total of 977 square kilometers dedicated to the protection of local, natural ecosystems. From Shaybah in the south, to Tanajib in the north, these ten protected areas include migratory bird sanctuaries, sandy-gravel wildflower fields, mangrove forests, mountains, wetlands and vast sand seas.
Together, these sites are home to more than 500 species of plants and animals, including at least 55 species or subspecies that are unique to Saudi Arabia. Many are globally endangered; others are highly migratory, flying 15,000 km or more to forage at our company protected areas. Some occur in Saudi Arabia and nowhere else on earth. All of them need our ongoing stewardship.
Additional sites are currently under review for designation as biodiversity protection areas, and we continually refine our operations to ensure our activities minimize impact on biodiversity wherever possible. Promoting the conservation of natural biodiversity within its reservations is guided by our overarching Environmental Protection Policy. Our company procedures for implementing this policy were revised in 2019 to strengthen biodiversity protection measures.