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, is implemented by IUCN Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) and funded by the European Union, aiming at poverty reduction, sustainable management and restoration of ecosystems in drylands and rangelands. Four pilot areas were selected in Jordan within Zarqa and Mafraq governorates.
The project is expected to achieve a number of results that local communities will benefit from on the local and global levels, with special attention to those important to women and vulnerable groups. Economically, 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.
A number of activities and plans are developed, that aim at building the capacities of local communities and their institutions to manage and restore their ecosystems, improve their marketing activities as well as support dialogues among local stakeholders and of multi-stakeholder dialogues to share, negotiate and agree understanding, knowledge, ideas and priorities.
For more informatiom please contact Ms. Fidaa Haddad, IUCN ROWA Project Manager and Gender Focal Point
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. www.iucn.org/about/union/secretariat/offices/esaro/what_we_do/drylands/