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TRSDC plans to develop artificial wetlands within mega project

RIYADH, February 6, 2022

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind the world's most ambitious regenerative tourism project in Saudi Arabia, is planning to create artificial wetlands to further improve the environment as the company is advancing construction work.
TRSDC plans to create 38 hectares of artificial wetlands which are expected to attract birds and bats to feed on the many insects and invertebrates that colonize the wetlands, Damian Smith, a senior manager in the project's environmental team told Arab News.
TRSDC is developing an area over 28,000 sq km on the West Coast of Saudi Arabia. It closed recently a SR14 billion ($3.7 billion) term loan facility and revolving credit facility with four Saudi banks.
The final quarter of 2023 will see the completion of the project’s first phase, which includes the building of 16 hotels with 3,000 rooms across five islands and two inland sites. This milestone will also see the development of air, land, and sea transport hubs.
“Much of the wastewater of TRSDC's project is being treated using artificial wetlands and we are using nature to treat the wastewater. Plants use a process called ‘phyto-remediation’ in which nutrients are absorbed by the roots to filter and clean the water, this is an excellent example of allowing nature to help us,” Smith said.
“The measures to protect the wetlands and delicate habitats were one of the first considerations when the design of the project began, indeed 70 percent of the islands in the Al Wahj Lagoon are currently protected from development.  Furthermore, we aim to increase biodiversity across the project area by 30 percent over the next 20 years,” Smith said in an emailed response, coinciding with World Wetlands Day on February 2.


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