West Asia

Children Playing at Zarqa River

Celebrating Earth Charter with Arabic WANI toolkits launch

On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Earth Charter for North Africa and the Middle East Region, IUCN is launching two new Arabic WANI toolkits. …  

09 Nov 2010 | News story

IUCN members in UAE Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

IUCN and Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve promote nature conservation in UAE

Building on the conservation efforts undertaken by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature in the West Asia region through the Regional Office for West Asia, IUCN partnered with Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) to promote nature conservation and the equitable and ecologically sustainable use of natural resources in United Arabs Emirates. …  

28 Sep 2010 | News story

Training Manual

Training local communities on gender and climate change in Jordan

Amman, Jordan, 1 August 2010 – Realizing the negative impacts of natural disasters and environmental changes on vulnerable communities and the essential role that women can play in reducing those vulnerabilities, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and the Arab Women Organization in Jordan recently conducted a training course on gender and climate change for community based organizations (CBOs) and women groups, empowering them to be the catalysts of change in their communities. The training was held from Aug. 1-5, 2010 in Jordan and was funded by the Global Women Fund. …  

01 Aug 2010 | News story

Participants of the Transboundary Water Management training

Reality and implementation of transboundary water management

West Asia is one of the most water-stressed regions of the world. A number of countries in the region share transboundary water aquifers and rivers that may create enough reason for political conflict among those countries. Therefore, there is a vital need to develop regional strategies to manage those shared water resources, especially with the continuous increase in population growth and the resulting increase in demand for water. …  

26 Jul 2010 | News story
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Participants of the World Heritage Sub-Regional Meeting in Meknes, Morocco

Momentum for Mesopotamia’s marshlands

Once covering an area of up to 20,000 km2, the Mesopotamian marshlands of southern Iraq are one of the world's great wetlands. The marshlands (al ahwar) are part of the Tigris-Euphrates River Basin, which is shared by Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey and were once home to several hundred thousand inhabitants, the Ma'dan, a people whose unique way of life had been preserved for over 5,000 years. …  

30 Jun 2010 | News story

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IUCN welcomes 38 new Members

On 4 June 2010, the 74th Meeting of the IUCN Council admitted 38 new Members to join IUCN.  | French | Spanish

07 Jun 2010 | News story

First place winner Najat Shana'a

IUCN honors winner of the Investigative Environmental Media Award

Four winners of the Investigative Environmental Media Award were honored by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature during the Jordanian Celebration for International Year of Biodiversity 2010 which was organized by Ministry of Environment on 24 May, 2010. The media award for the best investigative report on the environmental situation in the Zarqa River Basin was announced in Jordan by IUCN Regional Office for West Asia in February 2010 in cooperation with Ministry of Environment through the Zarqa River Restoration Project and funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and UNESCO Amman Office. …  

25 May 2010 | News story

Prince Hassan of Jordan at the WANA Forum

Reviving Hima at the WANA Forum

The hima is a traditional system of resource tenure that has been practiced for more than 1400 years in the Arabian Peninsula. The Arabic word “hima” literally means “a protected place” or “protected area”. IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature has facilitated a technical session on Hima during the WANA Forum 2010 which was held between May 16-18, 2010 in Jordan under the theme “Pursuing Supranational Solutions to the Challenges of Carrying Capacity.” …  

18 May 2010 | News story

PAY: Establishing payments for watershed services

Promoting watershed services… linking knowledge with practice

By setting payment schemes for nature’s goods and services, we will create an opportunity for economic growth and human security. IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature has promoted the value of putting price on watershed services through Pay, a book that was published by IUCN Water and Nature Initiative (WANI) in 2006. IUCN Regional Office for West Asia has built on this book through holding a national workshop on establishing payments for watershed services in Jordan on April 27th, 2010. …  

30 Apr 2010 | News story

Arabian Oryx at the Shahaniya Oryx Centre, Qatar

Oryx of Arabia - the revival of a species

The Arabian oryx, which had all but disappeared from the wild in the late 1950s and early 1960s, has successfully been reintroduced to its native habitat thanks to captive breeding programmes, such as one at the Shahaniya Oryx Centre on the outskirts of Doha, Qatar, where the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is taking place. …  

23 Mar 2010 | News story


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