Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA)

The IUCN West Asian region comprises of 13 countries including Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen and Iran in addition to the Gulf countries including Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates. West Asia is part of three eco-regions that incorporate a variety of ecosystems, including Mediterranean forests, deserts, plains, rangelands, savannas, oases, mountains, rivers, lakes, springs, mudflats, swamps, marshes, mangroves, seagrass beds and coral reefs, all of which provide a wide array of ecosystem services and ecological corridors for migratory species through the region.
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IUCN General Director with HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal

IUCN Director General Visits Jordan

 Ms. Inger Anderson visited Jordan after taking her duties as the Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) aiming at visiting the IUCN Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) that is based in Amman. The government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan had offered to host IUCN ROWA to be established in Jordan in 2004 because of its belief in the importance of conserving nature and its commitment to the implementation of international environmental conventions. …  

17 Mar 2015 | Article

Rangeland Ecosystem Services

Mapping Rangelands in Jordan

The science of assessing rangelands is changing as concepts and protocols continue to evolve. The concept of rangeland health was advanced as an alternative to range condition (National Research Council 1994). The ecological status concept is currently used by most range professionals as the basis for inventory and assessment (USDS). …  

07 Mar 2015 | Article

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International Conference: Ecological Restoration in the Mediterranean region: Challenges and Opportunities

 The ECOPLANTMED project, “ECOlogical use of native PLANTs for environmental restoration and sustainable development in the MEDiterranean region”, invites you to the International Conference with the theme “Ecological Restoration in the Mediterranean region: Challenges and Opportunities”, hosted by the project partner Saint Joseph University (USJ) in Beirut, Lebanon on 15 and 16 October 2015. The conference focuses on ecological restoration of Mediterranean type habitats and intends to highlight the importance of using native plants for restoration. …  

05 Mar 2015 | Article

The Green Caravan Campaign - Ira, Jordan

Members in the News: The Green Caravan Campaign Planted Carob Seedlings in Ira, Jordan

Working on the Green Caravan Campaign, which is a three-year project aimed at combating desertification, overgrazing and urban sprawl in Jordan, the Arab Group for protection of Nature (APN) chose Ira Forestry Station in Balqa Governorate to be its next site to plant around 500 Carob seedlings. Carob has many economic, nutritional and medical benefits as well as a resilience to the harsh climate and drought, where it does not need water and intensive care to grow. …  

05 Mar 2015 | Article

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