IUCN event | 18 Feb, 2024

IUCN ROWA Announces the Opening of its New Office Building with Distinguished Guests

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) is thrilled to announce the opening of its new office building, a momentous occasion marked by the presence of esteemed guests and partners. The event took place on February 18, 2024, with Dr. Hany El Shaer, Regional Director of IUCN ROWA, delivering the opening remarks.

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Joined by notable dignitaries including:

- Her Royal Highness Princess Basma Bint Ali

- Her Excellency Dr. Grethel Aguilar, The Director General of The International Union for Conservation of Nature

Under the patronage of His Excellency the Honourable Minister of Environment, Dr. Muawieh Radaideh.

Dr. Hany El Shaer, in his opening remarks, expressed gratitude to the distinguished guests for their presence and unwavering commitment to environmental conservation. He acknowledged the pivotal role of Dr. Grethel Aguilar, whose leadership has inspired collaborative efforts towards the preservation of biodiversity and ecosystems.

Dr. Grethel Aguilar, Director General of IUCN, delivered a speech highlighting the critical work of IUCN and IUCN ROWA in the West Asia region. She emphasized the importance of conservation efforts in safeguarding natural resources and biodiversity for future generations.

Her Royal Highness Princess Basma Bint Ali shared her insights on the importance of nature conservation and the role of IUCN ROWA in the region. She emphasized the need for collective action to protect ecosystems and preserve biodiversity for the well-being of communities and future generations.

Following the speeches, Dr. Hany El Shaer and his team took the attendees on a tour around the new office, showcasing visual representations of the Programme's work and projects. Members of IUCN ROWA also showcased their work and the products they produce, providing insights into their contributions to environmental conservation and sustainable development in the region.

The opening marked a significant milestone for IUCN ROWA, symbolizing its dedication to protecting nature and promoting sustainable development in the West Asia region. Over the past two decades, IUCN ROWA has spearheaded initiatives to safeguard biodiversity, combat climate change, and foster partnerships for collective action.

As the organization embarked on this new chapter, Dr. El Shaer emphasized the importance of continued collaboration and collective action towards a future where nature and humanity thrive in harmony.


Established in 2004 in the vibrant city of Amman, Jordan, the IUCN Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) serves as a pivotal hub for advancing conservation and sustainable development initiatives. The extensive purview of the IUCN West Asian region encompasses 13 countries, each contributing to the rich tapestry of its ecological diversity. These countries include Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, the Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen, and Iran, alongside the Gulf nations of Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Dedicated to fostering positive change, IUCN ROWA ambitiously operates across all 13 countries, engaging in a spectrum of conservation and sustainable development activities.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature Regional Office for West Asia (IUCN ROWA) is committed to promoting conservation and sustainable development in the West Asia region. Through partnerships, research, and advocacy, IUCN ROWA works towards safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystems for the benefit of present and future generations.