Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management Practices
Rewarding ecosystems, rewarding people
Funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), the six year project implemented by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and executed by the Ministry of Agriculture in Jordan (MOA) aims to demonstrate and scale-up successful sustainable land management practices for the control and prevention of desertification and deforestation.
The Projects Goal
The goal is to integrate an ecosystem-based approach into public-supported productive and poverty reduction activities; designed to enhance the quality of life of rural communities, consistent with development objectives to improve economic productivity of land and enhance gendered empowerment of communities affected by land degradation. This project will also support sustainable land management best practices at the local level and mainstream them in local, sub-national and national planning and incentive frameworks.
IUCN ROWA's Intervention
The International Union for Conservation of Nature – the Regional Office for West Asia’s (IUCN ROWA) partnership with MOA and in cooperation with IFAD integrates major issues linked to land and natural resource degradation and is within IUCN ROWA’s portfolio to strengthen the capacity necessary for the protection of Jordan’s environment.
IUCN ROWA will take up an initial component of the 6 year project and implement it in 13 community clusters in the Karak, Tafileh and Ma’an Governorates. The project will be implemented using a participatory action-research approach coupled with a process of capacity building.
1. Enhanced stakeholders’ understanding on problems and strategies through applying participatory planning tools
2. Thirteen Community Action Plans CAPs (Integrated Local Development Strategies) that are widely accepted by all relevant stakeholders and contributes to livelihoods improvements and economic development.
3. Thirteen project proposals (one per community cluster) developed.
4. An effective governance structure and operational tools to help implement the set (Integrated Local Development strategies)
5. Information and knowledge acquired shared and communicated at all levels.
The project is implemented using a participatory planning cycle
Photo: Lara Nassar