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Significant new environmental laws in Saudi Arabia – many ME countries may follow suit


Just published in EHS Journal, Sanaa Chakibi, Middle Eastern EHS Expert at Enhesa, summarizes significant new environmental laws issued by Saudi Arabia in 2012 and provides links to the legislation in English.


Saudi Arabia has acted with urgency to develop a comprehensive framework for measuring and monitoring activities that cause environmental degradation. Its actions include measures to ensure efficient use of natural resources, prevention of depletion, and implementation of sustainable development. Saudi Arabia has adopted a comprehensive list of Standards and Guidelines.  It regulated matters ranging from air pollution, to wastewater management, to transportation of chemicals; sustainability was an important principle incorporated in these measures.

Significant new environmental laws in Saudi Arabia are summarized below.

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Sanaa Chakibi is a lead regulatory consultant in the Washington, D.C., U.S.A. office of Enhesa, Inc., where she specializes in the Middle East and North Africa regions. Ms. Chakibi monitors environmental, health, and safety regulatory developments throughout the Middle East and North Africa. She has written audit protocols for several countries in this area. She holds a Master’s degree from the George Washington Law School, a Bachelor in Private Law (Licence en Droit Prive) from the Hassan II University in Casablanca, Morocco, and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association.

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