The National Center for Vegetation Cover Development and Combating Desertification has reported a remarkable 600% surge in greenery across the Makkah region between August and December 2023.
This significant expansion, spanning 26,256 square kilometers by the year’s end, is attributed to substantial rainfall, reaching up to 200 mm in certain areas. As of December, vegetation adorned 17.1% of Makkah’s total area, with a particular focus on the mountains and highlands along the Red Sea coast.
Utilizing advanced technology, such as remote sensing and artificial intelligence, the center closely monitors various facets, including tree-planting projects, alterations in land cover, rainfall levels, and the overall health of plants.
These initiatives align with Saudi Arabia’s Green initiative, emphasizing environmental sustainability. The incorporation of technology enhances the country’s capacity to address challenges like drought and contributes to the preservation of green spaces.