Securing Rights and Restoring Lands for Improved Livelihoods

Hima - Zarqa, Jordan

IUCN and partners implementing a project in Jordan to ensure restored drylands for improved livelihoods

Jordan was selected as one of four country sites where this global project will be implemented; namely Botswana, Mali and Sudan. The three-year-project, which is implemented by IUCN Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) and funded by the European Union, is aiming at poverty reduction, sustainable management and restoration of ecosystems in drylands and rangelands.

The conservation, restoration and sustainable management of ecosystem services, as the basis for improved livelihoods, achieved through more secure rights, better management, and enhanced income generation opportunities in four diverse dryland areas in Botswana, Jordan, Mali and Sudan.

The project plans to build the capacities of local communities and their institutions to manage and restore their ecosystems and improve their marketing activities. Four pilot areas were selected in Jordan within Zarqa and Mafraq governorates, where the project will explore economic and income generating options for rural communities based on natural resource commodities and on valuations of ecosystem services.

The project will also inform and influence policies to support sustainable management of drylands and rangelands at local, national, regional and global levels.

For more information please contact:

Ms. Fidaa Haddad, IUCN ROWA - Programme Manager

Rangeland management in Jordan

The Global Drylands Initiative

The Global Drylands Initiative contributes to strengthening the resilience of dryland ecosystems and livelihoods and to conserving drylands biodiversity. The Initiative builds on and strengthens the local knowledge and institutions that enable people to govern their resources sustainably. This is achieved by strengthening rights and governance from local to national level as well as globally.

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The Bani Hashem Hima Local Committee

The Bani Hashem Hima Local Committee

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