From Beirut to Bahrain

A land of diversity

Few regions are as diverse and fascinating as West Asia, the convergence point of Mediterranean, Persian and Arabic civilizations. Spanning Mediterranean forests, deserts, mountains, mangroves and coral reefs, this region has it all ecologically but is undergoing some profound environmental changes. Yet it is the political and social upheaval that is now grabbing global attention.

The wave of democracy sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa marks a new era for civil society in shaping a sustainable future. It is a unique opportunity for IUCN to engage with its Member organizations and partners to make the transition to sustainability that puts people’s human wellbeing and livelihoods at centre stage.

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Zarqa River

CONSERVATION IN ACTION

Restoring the river, restoring lives

Find out how IUCN is helping to restore the once heavily polluted Zarqa River in Jordan and the livelihoods of the people who depend on it.
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Khaldoun Al Omari working in the field

OUR SCIENTISTS IN ACTION

A bird's eye view of conservation

With his passion for nature, IUCN’s Khaldoun Al Omari aims to make sure that protected areas do the job they are supposed to do.

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Interview

IUCN's Director General describes the West Asia region and some of the environmental challenges it faces as well as IUCN's efforts to tackle them. 

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