Manama, Feb. 25 (BNA): Minister of Oil and Environment, Special Envoy for Climate Affairs, Dr. Muhammad bin Mubarak bin Dinah, chaired the meeting of the Sea Level Raising Committee dedicated to discussing the outputs of the second phase of the adaptation project. Sea level rise plan, which was implemented in partnership with the consulting firm Arup.
The minister praised the efforts of the committee members and their continuous cooperation with the Supreme Council for the Environment to complete the strategic study of the Kingdom.
He affirmed the directives of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and the keenness of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, to implement projects and programs aimed at adapting to the effects of climate change, especially the plan to adapt to sea level rise, which aims to enhance Proactive measures to protect coastal areas in the Kingdom and raise the level of resilience in dealing with the effects of climate change.
Dr. Bin Dinah indicated that the aim of the strategic study is to assess the effects of sea level rise in the period after 2050, and to propose an action plan to protect important infrastructure and tourist sites from the effects of sea level rise, according to a specific time plan.
The study recommended 190 action measures along an area of about 140 km of the Kingdom’s coast to protect sites and facilities expected to be affected by the phenomenon of sea level rise. It also suggested dividing the Kingdom’s coasts into units and classifying them according to the priority of work in each region.
The study included engineering recommendations and nature-based solutions, such as encouraging the cultivation of mangroves that are able to absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide, reduce wave energy, protect beaches from erosion, stabilize soils, and reduce soil degradation.