Our Members in the News: Promoting social and economic development in Med countries

06 July 2014 | Article

The Cedar Pride shipwreck site in Aqaba- Jordan, selected as a pilot site in the HELAND project, the only underwater site selected in the project as it holds a unique extraordinary ecological and historical value.

 Being a member of IUCNROWA, The Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS) partnered with nine organizations from six Mediterranean countries to implement the HELAND Project funded by the European Union- (ENPI CBC Med Programme).

HELAND project aims to promote social and economic development through innovative technological measures to protect heritage and touristic sites in the Mediterranean countries.

JREDS selected the Cedar Pride shipwreck site in Aqaba- Jordan, as a pilot site, which is the only underwater site selected in the project as it holds a unique extraordinary ecological and historical value, and is constantly threatened by heavy uncontrolled diving that affects the natural and cultural value of the site. 

JREDS works toward establishing a series of research studies to understand its ecological context, also social and economic dimensions will be conducted aiming to integrate results within the Aqaba Marine Park management plan. In addition, the site will be promoted using advance technologies as a tool of marketing to further enhance the "responsible tourism" concept which in consequence will support the conservation of the site.

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