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Arbor Day Celebrations in Balila, Jordan

Arbor Day Celebrations in Balila

IUCN ROWA joined more than 80 participants in Third Near East Forestry Week (NEFW) and the 21st Near East Forestry & Range Commission from different countries to celebrate Arbor Day in Balila, Jerash Governorate, Jordan on the 29th of January, 2014.
Along with the Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture in Jordan, H.E Dr. Radi Tarawneh, the Jerash Governor, FAO representatives, Jordanian institutions, organizations and the local community, IUCN ROWA participated in planting trees in the Almond Forest in Balila, Jerash.

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Assessing the Management of Socotra World Heritage Site

A seven-day-workshop was one of the regional efforts of the World Heritage programme in supporting the Socotra World Heritage site, which aimed to exchange the experiences in environment management and wildlife conservation between the partners. 

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Socotra World Heritage Site

Evaluating legislative frameworks of World Heritage sites in Arab States

Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (ARC-WH)

A three day regional workshop on ‘Evaluating the legislative frameworks for the World Heritage sites in the Arab States’ was launched on the 19th of January 2014 in Bahrain. The main aim of this workshop was to evaluate the legislative frameworks of World Heritage sites in the Arab States and the challenges facing the declared sites from a legal point of view.

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A Forum for Dialogue Exchange: Experiences from Forest and Rangelands Conservation

 21st Near East Forestry and Range Commission and 3rd Near East Forestry Week was officially inaugurated by the Jordan’s Minister of Agriculture, H.E Dr. Akef Al-Zoubi on the 26th of January 2014 in Amman, Jordan.

This event was designed to foster and encourage the participation of relevant private sector parties, Non-Governmental Organizations, Community Based Organizations and Associations, Academics and the media and provide a forum for dialogue with public sector organizations.

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opening ceremony

Nurturing Capacity to Engage in Biodiversity Conservation in the Eastern Mediterranean

participant at the workshop

There are 26 IUCN Member NGOs in the Levant region (Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria) that fulfil an increasing range of key conservation functions, both at the national and at the local level.

The project “Nurturing NGO Capacity to Engage in Biodiversity Conservation in the Eastern Mediterranean” aims to “assist sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystems through technically sound and well-structured institutional capacity building of conservation NGOs working in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine”.


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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