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Celebrating Biodiversity

IUCN celebrates International Year of Biodiversity

Join us in celebrating the start of 2010 – the International Year of Biodiversity, declared by the United Nations. For the next 12 months we will be celebrating biological diversity – the variety of life on earth – and boosting awareness of how important it is for our lives. Most people appreciate the beauty of the natural world, but awareness of biodiversity, how seriously it is threatened, and the implications for human wellbeing, is alarmingly low. …  

01 Jan 2010 | News story
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The severely polluted Zarqa river in Jordan

Minister of Environment explores the environmental situation in Zarqa River

The severely polluted stream of Zarqa River in Jordan is suffering from serious environmental degradation and without an urgent policy-level intervention, the future of the river will remain dark. In an effort to further elevate this issue to the policy level, the newly appointed Jordanian Minister of Environment Eng. Hazem Malhas carried out an exploration mission to Zarqa governorate to closely look at the environmental challenges encountering the river. …  

31 Dec 2009 | News story

Jordanian journalists

IUCN promotes investigative environmental reporting for journalists

In an effort to harness the vital role of press and media institutions in raising the consciousness towards environmental stewardship and sustainable development, a group of Jordanian journalists were engaged in an interactive 3-day training workshop entitled Media for Sustainable Development. …  

30 Dec 2009 | News story
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Zarqa River in Jordan, December 2009

Restoring the Zarqa – Respecting Our Rivers

‘When you look down the Zarqa River at Janna’a Park it is hard to imagine that 30 years ago this area was green and fertile’, said Eng.Mohammad Al Zawahra from Zarqa Municipality. ‘People would swim in clear water pools, fish, swam in the river, and we had flowing water throughout the year’. …  

18 Dec 2009 | News story
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Private Sector @ IUCN

IUCN’s Business and Biodiversity Programme organized a four day event “Private Sector @ IUCN” from 19 – 22 October in its Head Quarters in Gland, Switzerland. The event brought together IUCN staff working with the private sector and representatives from businesses interacting with IUCN. …  

03 Dec 2009 | News story

Ramsar site: Azraq Wetland Reserve

Azraq: an oasis under pressure

Increasing water demands in water-scarce Jordan is putting pressure on one of the country’s largest groundwater basins, the Azraq oasis …  

22 Nov 2009 | News story

Minister Al-Irani called for more pro-active participation by women groups in the lead up to Copenhagen

Minister Al-Irani called for more pro-active participation by women groups in the lead up to Copenhagen

At the last day of the Gender and Climate Change training workshop held in Amman, the Jordanian Minister of Environment, H.E. Eng. Khaled Al-Irani called for more pro-active participation by women groups in the lead up to Copenhagen. …  

12 Nov 2009 | News story

Jordan Training

Arab governments display foresight in climate change and gender

Amman, Jordan, 11 November 2009 – With a firm agreement elusive in the final days before the start of UN negotiations on climate change in Copenhagen next month, the ability of local communities in the Arab region to fight the negative effects of climate change hang in the balance. In a region already burdened by conflict and water insecurity, the lack of an immediate, binding and adequately financed agreement in Copenhagen that allows for action to be taken on the ground will prove to be disastrous. …  

11 Nov 2009 | News story
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Mainstreaming Gender in Climate talks

Background: For many years, there has been an assumption that the negative impacts of climate change and the efforts to mitigate them have similar effects on both men and women. However, the world has progressively recognized that women and men experience climate change differently, and that gender inequalities worsen women’s coping capacity. It has also been acknowledged that women are important agents of change and holders of significant knowledge and skills related to mitigation, adaptation, and the reduction of risks in the face of climate change, making them crucial agents in this area. …  

10 Nov 2009 | News story

المشاركين في دورة تدريب المدربين حول النوع الاجتماعي والتغير المناخي

تضمين النوع الاجتماعي في محادثات التغير المناخي

خلفيـــة: بات من المعتقد لسنوات عديدة بأن الآثار السلبية الناتجة عن التغير المناخي والجهود المبذولة للتخفيف من حدتها تؤثر بنفس القدر على الرجال والنساء. ولكن العالم قد أدرك بأن النساء والرجال يواجهون التغير المناخي بطريقة متباينة، حيث لوحظ بأن عدم المساواة بين المرأة والرجل قد أضعف دور المرأة في مواجهة هذا التحدي. وقد تبين بأن المرأة لها دور فاعل في القدرة على التغيير وفي قدراتها المعرفية الملموسة فيما يتعلق بالتكيف مع التحديات المناخية والتخفيف من آثارها، مما يجسد أهمية دور المرأة في هذا المجال.   …  

08 Nov 2009 | News story

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