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King urges expediting work on Aqaba marine reserve for UNESCO nomination

His Majesty underscores importance of safeguarding marine environment

By JT - Jun 02,2020 - Last updated at Jun 02,2020

His Majesty King Abdullah visits the Aqaba Marine Park on Tuesday (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday urged expediting the establishment of the Aqaba marine reserve, to nominate it to be inscribed on the UNESCO Marine World Heritage List.

During a visit to the Aqaba Marine Park affiliated with the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), King Abdullah called for promoting domestic tourism to Aqaba, and preparing its sites for the return of international tourists, according to a Royal Court statement. 

His Majesty underscored the importance of upholding the law to safeguard the marine environment against pollution.

The King viewed plans for the marine reserve and the stages of its implementation, as well as measures taken to conserve the coral reefs unique to the Gulf of Aqaba, maintain marine cleanliness, and regulate the fishing industry, the statement said. 

ASEZA Chief Commissioner Nayef Bakhit briefed His Majesty on marine conservation measures, as well as efforts to raise awareness of the importance of conserving Aqaba’s coral reefs.

For his part, Public Security Directorate Director Maj. Gen. Hussein Hawatmeh noted that the security strategy for Aqaba focuses on the environmental and tourism-related aspects.

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