Drylands, Livelihood and Gender Programme

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Livestock in the drylands of Wadi Rum/ Jordan

The programme aims to rehabilitate the West Asian drylands (mainly rangelands) by applying nature-based solutions for improved livelihoods, enhanced biodiversity, and sustained ecosystem services production such as fodder, food, medicinal plants, water purification, and carbon sequestration. The programme stresses better participatory management, gender equality, and integration of local communities.  During the past 12 years, several projects were implemented in collaboration with key donors, partners, and stakeholders. In addition, the programme promotes and revives the ALHima approach, which was practiced thousands of years ago by tribes' sustainable natural resources management through promoting the ALHima approach, which aims to promote the community-based management of rangelands. The key approaches of the program are as follows: 

  • AlHima approach, was practiced thousands of years ago by the tribe’s sustainable natural resources management, which aims to promote the community-based management of rangelands.
  • Sustainable rangelands management SRM: is the use of the rangeland’s resources, including soils, water, animals, and plants for the production of goods and services to meet changing human needs, while simultaneously ensuring the long-term productive potential of these resources and the maintenance of their environmental functions.
  • The nature-based solutions NbS (NbS):  are actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously providing human-well-being and biodiversity benefits. 
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA): is a nature-based solution that harnesses biodiversity and ecosystem services to reduce vulnerability and build resilience to climate change.

For more information kindly contact:

Laith Al Rahahleh - Programme Manager, Drylands, Livelihoods, and Gender (a.i.)


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