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UNESCO World Heritage Convention

World Heritage Nomination for the Marshlands of Mesopotamia in Iraq

The Marshlands (al-ahwar) of Mesopotamia in southern Iraq, is registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage Tentative list in preparation for nominating it to be a natural and cultural (mixed) world heritage site. IUCN ROWA has trained a number of stakeholders mainly represented by the governmental sector in Mesopotamia to start preparing for the nomination file for this site. The Training on World Heritage Nomination Process for Marshland of Mesopotamia in Iraq was held in Amman, on June 27-29, 2009 and was organized and funded by UNESOC Iraq Office and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The training was facilitated by IUCN Regional World Heritage Focal Point Ms Haifaa Abdulhalim and Mr. Zaki Aslan from ICCROM; an intergovernmental organization dedicated to the conservation of cultural heritage. …  

01 Jul 2009 | News story

Man & Biosphere Programme

Man and Biosphere selects IUCN as an observer

IUCN ROWA was recently selected to become one of the observers in the Man and Biosphere National Committee in Jordan. Initiated by UNESCO, the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) notably targets the ecological, social and economic dimensions of biodiversity loss and the reduction of this loss. …  

15 Jun 2009 | News story

Public Awareness Campaign Training

Environmental Awareness Prize

In line with the IUCN mandate to help the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges, IUCN and Inwent honoured the Syrian Arab Republic for presenting the best case study on environmental awareness focusing on water scarcity. Six case studies were presented from Jordan, Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia, Palestine in addition to Syria. This award was part of a 5-day-training workshop entitled How to Design & Implement Public Awareness Campaigns organized by IUCN Regional Water Resources & Drylands Programme (REWARD) and Inwent Capacity Building International during May 31 – June 5, 2009 in Jordan. …  

06 Jun 2009 | News story

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt

IUCN calls upon mainstreaming environment in CSR

Corporates are realizing nowadays that Corporate Social Responsibility is no longer defined as a branding and a PR tool for private sector. It is commitment from businesses to contribute to public good in order to enhance the synergies between the three pillars of sustainable development. …  

05 Jun 2009 | News story
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Launching IUCN Palestine Strategy

Launching IUCN Palestine Strategy

IUCN ROWA has recently launched the Strategy for Nature Conservation and Sustainable Development in Palestine through the IUCN Marj Sanour Project Office based in Palestine. Since the establishment of the Palestine Project, in early 2008, the project team has been involved in various stakeholder meetings and workshops to engage them in the formulation of the IUCN Programme Strategy in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. …  

03 Jun 2009 | News story

Azraq Oasis

Azraq Project holds its Strategic Meeting in Aqaba

Azraq basin forms the largest resource of good-quality ground and surface water in northeastern Jordan. The ecologically sensitive basin suffers from over-pumping the freshwater to Amman cities and irrigating Azraq farms. The IUCN Azraq Oasis Restoration Project, one of the most effective yet challenging projects in that area, held its Strategic Meeting on April 15th to set up the project action plan for the year 2009. The meeting ensured the stakeholders’ involvement in the action plan to illustrate the participatory approach that the project is aiming to achieve. Project partners and representatives from ministries, Azraq District and Municipality, NGOs, , research institutions, farmers and local community representatives have participated in this meeting that was held in Aqaba, Jordan. …  

01 Jun 2009 | News story

Tourism in Oman

IUCN explores strategic partnership with Oman

Despite its arid climate, the Sultanate of Oman is an area of relatively high biodiversity, which urged IUCN Regional Office for West Asia to explore areas of collaboration and partnership with the governmental and non-governmental sectors in Oman. A team from IUCN ROWA has undertaken a mission to Oman responding to the Ministry of Tourism request to discuss a proposed eco-tourism development project in the Bandar Khiran area. …  

01 Jun 2009 | News story

IUCN Project in Minia Egypt

REWARD Strategic Workshop held in Sharm El Sheikh

Core partners and core team of IUCN ROWA Regional Water Resources & Drylands Programme (REWARD) were involved in a strategic work meeting to define a strategy for the REWARD Programme. This meeting took place in Sharm El Sheikh during May 16-19, 2009. The meeting focused on incorporating new dimensions in the programme such as ecosystems, drylands, climate change, gender and livelihood security. The last day of the workshop focused on the organization of the Regional Water Knowledge Network of WESCANA Water Project (an integral part of the REWARD Programme). …  

20 May 2009 | News story

Equador

PA Programme participates in WCPA/CEC Steering Committee Meeting in Ecuador

IUCN ROWA Protected Areas Programme Officer, Khadloun Alomari has participated in the Joint Steering Committee Meeting of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) that took place in Quito, Ecuador on 11-15 May, 2009. …  

16 May 2009 | News story

Syria

Marine Protected Areas Management Planning Workshop series in Syria

Management planning is considered an essential step towards ensuring proper management of protected areas. Responding to the Syrian Ministry of Environment request, IUCN Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) in partnership with the Ministry has conducted a series of workshops on Marine Protected Areas Management and Planning for relevant stakeholders in Syria.  …  

02 May 2009 | News story