UN World Wildlife Day
World Wildlife Day, on March 3rd, reminds us of the signing of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
It has become the most important global, annual event dedicated to the conservation of wildlife. This year, the event focuses on UN SDG 14 – the sustainable use of our planet’s oceans, seas and marine resources.
The Red Sea is a rich and diverse ecosystem, supporting over 1200 species of fish, in part due to the 2000 kilometers of coral reefs along its coast. It features on the WWF’s Global 200 list of priority ecoregions for conservation.
This 100 m image of the northern half of the Red Sea, highlights nicely the coral reefs along the coast of the Saudi region Tabuk (east).
The wildlife and reefs make for attractive diving spots for tourists, like those visiting Ras Mohammad, the marine national park nearby Sharm El Sheikh, at the tip of the Sinai peninsula (north).