Drylands, Livelihood and Gender Programme

The Programme contributes to the rehabilitation of drylands in the West Asia region, to further provide nature-based solutions and ecosystem services needed to improve livelihoods through better participatory management, gender equity and better integration of the local communities.

The programmes strength is in contributing to the revival of the Hima Concept within local communities, which in turn prevents desertification. 

for more information, kindly contact:

Ms Fida Haddad 

Programme Manager


Rangeland management in Jordan


A glimpse of an Achievement

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Reviving indigenous plants in Hima Bani Hashem Villages

“Securing Rights and Restoring Lands for Improved Livelihoods” project aims to restore and protect pastoral lands and arid lands to regain their ability to offer ecosystem services that are necessary for improving livelihoods.

According to the policy set in 2013\ 2014 for reviving indigenous plants in Bani Hashem Villages – Hima, the local community committee established a seasonal grazing season which started in early September to rehabilitate the land.

The study recommends that livestock should only be provided access to the site after the month of September in order to ensure the plant seed regeneration in the Hima.

Grazing will be managed by allowing the introduction of sheep into 2 rangeland sites every year. This type of grazing will help in rangeland restoration and rehabilitation.

The local community committee, in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and IUCN, will collect the seeds of the indigenous plants, such as Artemisia, Retama, Teucrium, Al Hommad ‘الحمض’ and Atriplex. By the beginning of the rainy season in December, the locals at Hima Bani Hashem Villages will plant 90 kg on almost 120 dunums of land through spreading the seeds in the southeast and southwest areas of the Hima in order to revive the indigenous plants in Hima Bani Hashem Villages.

Some of the seeds of indigenous plants in Hima Bani Hashem Villages.