Alexandra Cousteau, who is known as an expert in environmental issues and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, made her remarks during a panel discussion at the sixth edition of Future Investment Initiative (FII6) in Riyadh on Wednesday.
“They’re putting 95 percent of NEOM as a nature reserve — both in land and ocean — and that’s an extraordinary piece of leadership and example for the rest of the world,” she said.
She stressed that the economy is a wholly-owned subsidiary of a healthy environment and by rebuilding the environment “we are creating more opportunities for economic growth”.
NEOM has a mix of nature within the developing area that includes the deep blue ocean and pristine beaches as well as desert and mountains. It has unique geography and topography.