Oil and Environment Ministry, Alba sign MoU on mangrove conservation

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Manama, Aug. 17 (BNA): Oil and Environment Minister, Special Envoy for Climate Affairs, Dr. Mohammed bin Mubarak bin Daina, and Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba)’s Chief Executive Officer. Ali Al Baqali, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the conservation of mangroves.

Dr. Bin Daina asserted that the MoU is within the framework of the kingdom’s National Climate Action Plan aiming primarily to increase the green area, especially from the mangrove plants, given their great environmental importance, by doubling the national cultivation efforts.

The agreement is also in line with efforts to consolidate the principle of institutional partnership between the Supreme Council for the Environment and various sectors, he said, expressing appreciation for all initiatives aimed at enhancing the environmental issue, especially those related to preserving the mangrove trees, which are of utmost environmental importance, especially the marine one.

The minister praised Alba's tangible role in preserving the environment through many activities, initiatives and programmes.

Alba chief expressed his deepest thanks and appreciation to the Supreme Council for Environment for the pivotal role it is playing in promoting environmental work in the Kingdom, and for being a key partner in supporting all efforts and initiatives aimed at promoting the principles of environmental action.

He pointed out that the signing of this memorandum translates the SCE’s interest in activating partnerships with the private sector to support the Kingdom's strategy and national vision.

The MoU is part of the official efforts aimed at increasing the green area, confronting the effects of climate change and strengthening cooperation frameworks with various sectors in order to improve environmental work in the Kingdom.

It is worth noting that the MoU is in line with the Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Roadmap launched by Alba in April. It is under the company’s commitment to Bahrain’s objective of ‘Net Zero Emissions by 2060’ under the leadership of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, and the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Alba’s ESG Roadmap highlights six strategic priorities over the years:  Decarbonisation, Green Energy & Aluminium, Circular Economy & Secondary Aluminium, Employee Welfare, Collaboration & Partnership, and Transparency, Communications and Due Diligence.