Opinion

Odeh Al Jayyousi, Regional Director

Green activism to protect forests in Jordan

By Dr Odeh Al-Jayyousi, IUCN Regional Director for West Asia.

The collective effort to conserve our forests manifested in the campaign to protect Bergesh forest in northern Jordan is a positive sign of vitality of the green movement during the wave of democracy in the Arab region, or the so-called Arab Spring. Sustaining the momentum of the green movement in Jordan and listening to its demands are indicators of good governance that can ensure human livelihood, wellbeing and prosperity. …  

30 Jun 2011 | Article

Dr Odeh Al-Jayyousi

The Arab Spring and Green Activism in the Middle East

By Odeh R. Al-Jayyousi, West Asia Regional Director, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)  
Green thinking was not mainstreamed in economic development models in countries of the Middle East till the late 1980s. After the Earth Summit in 1992, the globe witnessed a wave of environmentalism, and funding was channeled to developing countries to address environmental risks from pollution control to awareness and pilot projects. …  

12 Jul 2011 | Article