In Libya, among the archaeological treasures of Cyrene in the Green Mountain region, Saif al-Islam Khadafi gathered a select group of dignitaries and journalists for the signing of a unique declaration for sustainable development in the region. The Cyrene Declaration marks the beginning of a regional conversation and development project designed to both the artifacts of prehistoric, Greek, Roman and Islamic antiquity in the region and help the sustainable development in the region. The plan is to make the Green Mountain area a carbon neutral green development zone that will cater primarily to tourism. The energy will come from wind and solar power, waste will be recycled and trash will be converted to biofuel. The buildings for hotels, resorts and villas will be designed to blend in to the landscape and the fragile Greek and Roman ruins will be protected.
The British architectural firm of Foster and Associates has been contracted to work on the project. We've been hearing a lot from this design firm, they designed the plans for Spaceport America, the diamond tower is Siberia and the carbon neutral city of Masdar in Abu Dhabi. The announcement of the project is meant to show that Libya is ready to join the drive for tourism, a move that we have seen other oil-producing countries such as Dubai make. Libyan coast, which has a virtually untouched ecosystem offers a unique opportunity for responsible development.