IUCN and JOHUD collaborate to start up the Eco-Village Project in Ajloun

31 March 2009 | News story

Source: The Jordan Times
The northern town of Al Wahadneh will become a model eco-village that will apply principles of integrated ecosystem management and responsible use of natural resources to achieve sustainable development.

The Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to this effect.

During a meeting with IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre , HRH Princess Basma underlined the importance of the project, noting that it will serve as an example to be followed by other areas in the Kingdom.

JOHUD has already established 40 home garden units, incorporating water harvesting and grey water treatment as well as building green houses in Al Wahadneh, which is in Ajloun Governorate. In addition, JOHUD has also set up a 12-dunum garden focusing on biodiversity conservation, according to the fund.

Under the MoU, which was signed in the presence of Princess Basma, who chairs the JOHUD board of trustees and Marton-Lefèvre, the IUCN will build on JOHUD’s accomplishments to fully realize the eco-village.

Environment Minister Khaled Irani, who also attended the meeting, said the ministry is currently working to finalize the land use plan for the Ajloun Governorate, highlighting the positive impact the project will have on the area’s ecosystem.