Drylands, Livelihood and Gender Programme

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

The programme’s strength is in contributing to the revival of the Hima concept within local communities, which in turn prevents desertification. Hima is an inherited protective system, which was followed by Bedouin to manage grazing and maintain the area preserved.

For more information, kindly contact:

Ms Fida Haddad, The Programme Manager, at:

Hima Bani Hashem Villages


As a sign of HRH Prince EL Hassan Bin Talal’s belief in the role of Al- Hima in combating desertification and drought in West Asia in general and Jordan in particular, he signed The Amman Declaration on Innovating Hima, which is prepared by IUCN ROWA and different stakeholders during Hima Forum.

The Amman Declaration on Innovating Hima has addressed a number of examples of reviving Hima or Agdal - that exist in the Arab region, demonstrating common principles as well as local adaptations. Evidence has shown that Hima is a way to optimize management of drylands to deliver economic and environmental benefits, as well as associated social benefits that contribute to relevant international targets.

To move from scattered good practices towards more systematic scale up of Hima requires the following:

  1. Strengthen land stewardship and communal tenure;
  2. Strengthen scientific and economic evidence and local knowledge to provide systematic monitoring for quality assurance;
  3. Create an enabling environment of policy and institutional support and address the cross-sectoral nature of Hima;
  4. Develop incentives and rewards for the multiple and diverse benefits of Hima;
  5. Build capacity and awareness in public institutions and communities, with particular focus on the skills of participation, empowerment and monitoring;
  6. Build partnerships and networks for experience sharing, knowledge and capacity building, and to maximise the transboundary and international benefits of Hima;
  7. Initiate appropriate steps for resource mobilisation.

Arabian Pastoralist Communities Network

Realizing the importance of both the sustainable management of natural resources in the region and the sharing of knowledge, networking, mutual learning and experience as an essential tool in development, IUCN West Asia Dryland, Livelihoods and Gender programme starts activate the WAMIP - WISP Regional Pastoralists representatives.

Where this regional network is named:

                                         الشبكة العربية للمجتمعات الرعوية
                              Arabian Pastoralist Communities Network
                       Réseau arabe pour les communautés pastorale