Tyre Beach - Lebanon
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We're Moving

IUCN ROWA will be moving its offices by the 1st April 2014.  

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Our Programme Activities

Discover Wetlands Around You, Happy World Wetland Day 2014

Azraq Wetland - Jordan

World Wetlands Day occurs on the 2nd of February, every year. It marks the date of signing the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands on 2nd February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar.

Each year, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and groups of citizens at all levels of the community have taken advantage of this opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general and the Ramsar Convention in particular. 

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Launching Sustainable Fisheries Management in Tyre - Lebanon

IUCN ROWA in Partnership with The Association of the Development of Rural Capacities are holding a ceremony to launch the "Sustainable Fisheries Management for Improved Livelihoods of the Coastal Fishing Community in Tyre - Lebanon" Project funded by DROSOS foundation in Tyre in 24th Feb 2014.

The ceremony will be held in the Tyre Rest House where project partners will share the purpose and significance of this project along with informatory videos explaining the situation. 

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a fisherman from Tyre

International Training Workshop on Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem-2014

Qatar University

We are pleased to announce that the Registration of the First Workshop has commenced. March 24-27, 2014 at Qatar University

During the workshop the participants will go through a process of preparing a management plan for wetland/protected area/mangrove area and learn the techniques for developing a project/paper writing. These workshops are specially designed to provide practical and field work knowledge/experience through field visits. 

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> Student Scientific Poster Competition - Qatar

World Parks Congress: IUCN ROWA call for content

The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 is a landmark global forum on protected areas. The Congress will share knowledge and innovation, setting the agenda for protected areas conservation for the decade to come.

IUCN ROWA is currently compiling program content for the Congress and will apply the compiled chosen content online. For that reason if you wish to share your ideas, speak or run a session at the congress with IUCN ROWA, kindly send us your expression of interest using the attached form and send it back to us by the 1st March 2014. 

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Bridging the Gap Between Locals & Policy Development

breaking down the rain calendar of the Sbaihy Community.

As part of the function to finalize the Third National Climate Change Communication Report, this is the first time the social adaptation aspect is taken into consideration; which then helps to bridge the gap between the local community in Jordan and climate change policy development mechanisms.

The third report will have a new look, that will include a new chosen reporting area, visuals and the most important missing aspect; local adaptation. 

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Addressing National Targets and Plans for Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has aimed at supporting different parties in addressing national targets and plans for ecosystem conservation and restoration.

IUCN ROWA joined the five day effort and discussed with different parties the Aichi Biodiversity framework Targets no. 5, 11 and 15, which set quantitative global targets to reduce the loss of natural habitats, improve protected area networks and restore degraded areas. 

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CBD Meeting

UAE Taking a Step Forward to Stop Shark-Finning in the Middle East

Shark stocks are shrinking in regional waters as they are harvested for their fins to supply Far East markets for soup.

Seven Arab countries sign an agreement in Dubai that will protect migrating marine animals.

In line with international efforts, the majority of countries in the world have agreed on the inclusion of seven key species of sharks and Manta on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) which aims at providing these species with a considerable degree of conservation through organized fishing and trade internationally.

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IUCN ROWA Programmes

Water and Climate Change Programme

Current Projects:

> Strengthening Synergies Between the Governance of DRR and CCA
> Water DROP


Drylands, Livelihoods and Gender

Current Projects:

> Securing Rights and Restoring Lands for Improved Livelihoods
> Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management Practices
> Economic Valuation of Rangeland Ecosystem Services & Degradation
> Sustainable Livelihoods & Food Security of Bedouin Pastoralists
> Climate Smart Villages
> Sustainable Dryland Landscapes in Africa & the Middle East


Protected Areas, World Heritage and B&B

Protected Areas & Biodiversity

Current Projects:
> Knowledge Sharing & Networking - the Conservation Netwrok
> Biodiversity Conservation & Ecosystem Management for Iraqi Marshlands
> Protected Areas Rangers Capacity Building
> Management Plan for Protected Area in the West Bank


World Heritage Programme
Current Project:
> Tabe'a Programme


Business & Biodiversity
Current Projects: 
> Holcim Quarry Rehabilitation
> Institutional Strengthening & Capacity Building to Support Iraqi Marshlands Management


Marine and Coastal Management Programme

Current Project:
> Sustainable Fisheries Management