Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA)

The IUCN West Asian region comprises of 13 countries including Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen and Iran in addition to the Gulf countries including Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates. West Asia is part of three eco-regions that incorporate a variety of ecosystems, including Mediterranean forests, deserts, plains, rangelands, savannas, oases, mountains, rivers, lakes, springs, mudflats, swamps, marshes, mangroves, seagrass beds and coral reefs, all of which provide a wide array of ecosystem services and ecological corridors for migratory species through the region.
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Pastoralism and the Green Economy – a natural nexus? Status, challenges and policy implications

IUCN Launches the Publication “Pastoralism and the Green Economy” during the 3rd UNCCD Scientific Conference in Cancun Mexico 9th to 12 March 2015

The global Drylands Initiative in Collaboration with UNEP will be launching a publication they produced together at the 3rd UNCCD scientific conference in Mexico in early March. …  

08 Feb 2015 | Article

Dr. Radi Tarawneh - MoA Secretary General

Embedding Biodiversity Considerations into Policies, Strategies and Practices

 A concerted effort is required to mainstream dryland biodiversity and coordinate actions between all government sectors, and this poses particular challenges of scale in the drylands. Government institutions need to be tailored towards supporting and augmenting the skills of land managers and government staff often require new skills to conduct more participatory planning. …  

05 Feb 2015 | Article

AFED

Members in the News: APN's Million Tree Campaign at AFED's 7th Annual Conference

 A team from the Arab Group for the Protection of Nature (APN) participated in the Seventh Annual Conference of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) on Food Security in Arab Countries at the Le Meridien Hotel, Amman last year. The Conference was organized in collaboration with FAO, ESCWA, ICARDA, and the Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Economic Development. …  

03 Feb 2015 | Article

MPA Symposium - IUCN ROWA Speech

Towards A Regional Strategy for Marine Protected Areas in the Arab World

“The Arab World Marine Protected Area (MPA) Symposium gave the experts in the Arab World the chance to exchange their experiences, highlight problems and gaps in the environmental sector in the Arab Region and suggest solutions for them. It reveals the importance of finding a structure that provides a technical and financial support to the MPAs in the Arab World” Dr. Waheed Salameh, the Head of Protected Areas Directorate in Nature Conservation Sector in Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs in Egypt said. …  

03 Feb 2015 | Article

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