Dec 2013
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Our Programme Activities

Supporting and strengthen management of World Heritage in the Arab States

Two Regional workshops organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Regional Office for West Asia (IUCN - ROWA) and co- funded with the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (ARC-WH) were launched.

These regional workshops give attention to: World Heritage preliminary lists, global exceptional value, nomination files for World Heritage and the management effectiveness of World Heritage in the Arab States. Thirty experts and technicians from 13 Arab countries participated in the ten day event, five days for each workshop, which were considered as the launch of the Tabe’a program’s activities.

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World Heritage: Tabe’a project

IUCN ROWA takes on a Chapter for the Jordan's Third National Communication to UNFCCC

Selected Catchment Area - Jordan

IUCN ROWA takes up writing a very important chapter for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Third National Communication Report . A team of experts headed by IUCN ROWA in coordination with the United Nations Developement Programme in Jordan, have started its journey to write up one of the most important chapters in the report : " The Vulnerability & Adaptation Assessment". The team will work together inorder to review different vulnerability and adaptation frameworks and later come up with an approach to help understand the potential long-term impacts of climate change on Jordan.

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Climate Change Local Knowledge Assessments in Bani Hashem Villages


During the months of November and December 2013, IUCN ROWA funded by ICARDA (The Internation Center for Agricultural Research in Dryland Areas) has undergone climate Change Local Knowledge Assessments in Bani Hashem Villages.   
This assignment is an initial step towards a joint project on establishing Climate - Smart Village for ICARDA's Dryland program were gender is mainstreamed.
The assessment using the CRiSTAL tool, identified community perspectives on Hazards related to climate change in accordance with the litrature. Fifty people (Agricultural representatives) from Bani Hashem villages were assessed on their local knowledge based on the results hazards from CRiSTAL. A gender assessement report was later produced .


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Women agriculture interventions

The Near East Forestry and Range Commission (NEFRC) is coming to Amman

FAO are taking advantage of the 21st Near East Forestry and Range Commission (NEFRC) to hold the 3rd Near East Forestry Week (NEFW) in Amman, Jordan in 26th January 2014.

The 3rd NEFW will be held to foster and encourage the participation of the private sector, Non-Governmental Organizations, Community Based Organizations and Associations, and the media from the entire Near East and North Africa region.

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Marine and Coastal Management Programme Activities in Tyre

fishermen - tyre

Pierre Haddad hosting the Marine and Coastal Management Programme Manager, on his talk show Akhdar Mesh Yabes on MBS radio on the 19th of December 2013.

The one hour talk-show focused on the main objectives of Sustainable fisheries management for improved livelihoods of the coastal fishing community in Tyre (South Lebanon), which is implemented by IUCN Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) and funded by DROSOS Foundation. 

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IUCN ROWA Programmes

Water and Climate Change Programme

Current Projects
> Strengthening Synergies Between the Governance of DRR and CCA
> Water DROP


Drylands, Livelihoods and Gender

Current Projects
> Securing Rights and Restoring Lands for Improved Livelihoods
> Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management Practices
> Economic Valuation of Rangeland Ecosystem Services & Degradation
> Sustainable Livelihoods & Food Security of Bedouin Pastoralists
> Climate Smart Villages
> Sustainable Dryland Landscapes in Africa & the Middle East


Protected Areas, World Heritage and B&B

 Protected Areas & Biodiversity 

Current Projects
> Knowledge Sharing & Networking - the Conservation Network
> Biodiversity Conservation & Ecosystem Management for Iraqi Marshlands
> Protected Areas Rangers Capacity Building
> Management Plan for Protected Area in the West Bank


World Heritage Programme 
> Tabe'a Programme


Business & Biodiversity 

Current Projects
> Holcim Quarry Rehabilitation
> Institutional Strengthening & Capacity Building to Support Iraqi Marshlands Management


Marine and Coastal Management Programme

Current Projects
> Sustainable Fisheries Management