West Asia

National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development (NCWCD)

IUCN and NCWCD partner to conserve biodiversity in Saudi Arabia

The need for biodiversity conservation in Saudi Arabia has become a rising priority, where good practice and scientific knowledge is highly required. Building on a 20-year-partnership in protected areas management, the National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development (NCWCD) has extended the partnership with IUCN Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA). IUCN will provide technical support to NCWCD in the field of biodiversity conservation focusing on effective implementation of the Convention in Biological Diversity (CBD) obligations. …  

28 Jul 2009 | News story

Jordan Protected Areas Management Effectiveness National Report 2008

IUCN assists in preparing and reviewing the Management Effectiveness Report of Protected Areas in Jordan

As part of the Integrated ecosystem management in the Jordan Rift Valley Project, the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) has approached IUCN to review the Management Effectiveness Report of the Protected Areas in Jordan based on its international standards and expertise in protected areas management. …  

23 Jul 2009 | News story

Bald Ibis in Palmyra desert

Satellite tagging of bald ibises in Palmyra

On July 1st 2009 two sub-adult bald ibises were trapped and tagged with satellite transmitters in Palmyra in the framework of cooperation between the Syrian Desert Commission, IUCN Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) and BirdLife Middle East. …  

13 Jul 2009 | News story
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Participants of the World Heritage Sub-Regional Meeting in Meknes, Morocco

Sub-regional meetings on the Second cycle of Periodic reporting in the Arab states

After the first Regional meeting on the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting in the Arab States which took place in Bahrain in December 2008, the Arab states were divided into three clusters to attend the sub-regional World Heritage Meetings that were held in Jordan, Qatar and Morocco. IUCN Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) has actively participated in the three meetings represented by IUCN World Heritage Focal Point Ms Haifaa Abdulhalim. …  

01 Jul 2009 | News story

UNESCO World Heritage Convention

World Heritage Nomination for the Marshlands of Mesopotamia in Iraq

The Marshlands (al-ahwar) of Mesopotamia in southern Iraq, is registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage Tentative list in preparation for nominating it to be a natural and cultural (mixed) world heritage site. IUCN ROWA has trained a number of stakeholders mainly represented by the governmental sector in Mesopotamia to start preparing for the nomination file for this site. The Training on World Heritage Nomination Process for Marshland of Mesopotamia in Iraq was held in Amman, on June 27-29, 2009 and was organized and funded by UNESOC Iraq Office and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The training was facilitated by IUCN Regional World Heritage Focal Point Ms Haifaa Abdulhalim and Mr. Zaki Aslan from ICCROM; an intergovernmental organization dedicated to the conservation of cultural heritage. …  

01 Jul 2009 | News story

Man & Biosphere Programme

Man and Biosphere selects IUCN as an observer

IUCN ROWA was recently selected to become one of the observers in the Man and Biosphere National Committee in Jordan. Initiated by UNESCO, the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) notably targets the ecological, social and economic dimensions of biodiversity loss and the reduction of this loss. …  

15 Jun 2009 | News story

Public Awareness Campaign Training

Environmental Awareness Prize

In line with the IUCN mandate to help the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges, IUCN and Inwent honoured the Syrian Arab Republic for presenting the best case study on environmental awareness focusing on water scarcity. Six case studies were presented from Jordan, Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia, Palestine in addition to Syria. This award was part of a 5-day-training workshop entitled How to Design & Implement Public Awareness Campaigns organized by IUCN Regional Water Resources & Drylands Programme (REWARD) and Inwent Capacity Building International during May 31 – June 5, 2009 in Jordan. …  

06 Jun 2009 | News story

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt

IUCN calls upon mainstreaming environment in CSR

Corporates are realizing nowadays that Corporate Social Responsibility is no longer defined as a branding and a PR tool for private sector. It is commitment from businesses to contribute to public good in order to enhance the synergies between the three pillars of sustainable development. …  

05 Jun 2009 | News story
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Launching IUCN Palestine Strategy

Launching IUCN Palestine Strategy

IUCN ROWA has recently launched the Strategy for Nature Conservation and Sustainable Development in Palestine through the IUCN Marj Sanour Project Office based in Palestine. Since the establishment of the Palestine Project, in early 2008, the project team has been involved in various stakeholder meetings and workshops to engage them in the formulation of the IUCN Programme Strategy in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. …  

03 Jun 2009 | News story

Azraq Oasis

Azraq Project holds its Strategic Meeting in Aqaba

Azraq basin forms the largest resource of good-quality ground and surface water in northeastern Jordan. The ecologically sensitive basin suffers from over-pumping the freshwater to Amman cities and irrigating Azraq farms. The IUCN Azraq Oasis Restoration Project, one of the most effective yet challenging projects in that area, held its Strategic Meeting on April 15th to set up the project action plan for the year 2009. The meeting ensured the stakeholders’ involvement in the action plan to illustrate the participatory approach that the project is aiming to achieve. Project partners and representatives from ministries, Azraq District and Municipality, NGOs, , research institutions, farmers and local community representatives have participated in this meeting that was held in Aqaba, Jordan. …  

01 Jun 2009 | News story

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