Aiming to plant more than 7 million trees by 2030, the Saudi capital's greening project, called Green Riyadh, is a first of its kind in terms of its sheer size. On a smaller scale, Australia has already undertaken similar projects for Sydney, as has Canada for Montreal. This is certainly the beginning of wider development of this type of operation, which will become vital at a time when environmental matters become a priority.
- Crédits : 2019 Riyadh Green
Since 2019, Egis has been involved in this great adventure initiated by the Royal Commission for Riyadh as project owner. The Saudi authorities have appointed us to manage a large-scale programme to create a new, greener, more eco-friendly city with a better quality of life for its inhabitants.
The programme provides for the planting of more than 7 million trees by 2030. When completed, there will have been as many trees planted in the greater Riyadh area alone as in the whole of Europe over the same period. 210 districts and 3,000 urban parks will be transformed or created in this major project whose components are environmental and climatic, but also societal and urban.
We have just begun the first step: planning the project over the next 10 years. We are currently preparing the design guides for the programme. This phase will involve advising the highest Saudi authorities, which is essential to steer the future design and construction teams. To this end, our experts and engineers are using an online geomatics platform, which gathers all the data useful at all stages of the project: contractual, regulatory, asset management, planning, project monitoring, right through to the execution of the work. This platform could be described as a "super tool" that can be used to manage a huge programme encompassing around a hundred projects, from soil quality studies to water availability, including the definition of tree pallet.
Frederic Jehan, Head of Geomatic Development
Olivier Petit, co-director of the Green Riyadh program
Isabelle Lopez, Middle East Manager, City, Road & Mobilities BU