Celebrating Earth Charter with Arabic WANI toolkits launch

09 November 2010 | News story

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.

The Water and Nature Initiative (WANI) toolkits “FLOW -The Essentials of Environmental Flows” and “PAY – Establishing Payments for Watershed Services” were translated into Arabic by IUCN through the Zarqa River Project, in partnership with the Jordanian Ministry of Environment. IUCN chose the Earth Charter celebration to launch the new Arabic toolkits due to their relevance of ecosystem management with the Earth Charter’s principles.

IUCN will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Earth Charter through launching IUCN Arabic translated publications on ecosystem management jointly with the Ministry of Environment,” said Dr. Odeh Al Jayyousi, IUCN West Asia Regional Director. “This scientific approach demonstrates IUCN’s mandate in documenting best practice and transferring its international experience to the regional and local levels,” added Al Jayyousi.

IUCN Member, the Jordan Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) and the Earth Charter global initiative are holding a celebration under the patronage of HRH Princess Basma Bint Talal from 23-24 November 2010 at the Dead Sea.

Hosting the Earth Charter’s 10th Anniversary celebration is considered a regional and international recognition for Jordan’s remarkable steps in mainstreaming earth charter’s principles in the development arena and the vast experience gained by the environmental and developmental institutions in Jordan that represent role models to neighboring countries,” said HE Faris Al Juneidi, Ministry of Environment Secretary General.

This celebration aims at raising the awareness about the Earth Charter Initiative "ECI" with a special focus on sustainability and education in the region, share experiences and methodologies about how to apply the Earth Charter in different fields related to sustainability and education and forge regional collaboration through the establishment of a Regional Network.

A number of key regional experts will participate in this event to showcase their success stories and experiences in implementing the Earth Charter principles in the region. The main principles of Earth Charter are; respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, social and economic justice and democracy nonviolence and peace.


For more information, please contact: Rania Faouri, Communications Officer, IUCN Regional Office for West Asia; Mob +962 777888522, e rania.faouri@iucn.org