Arbor Day Celebrations in Balila, Jordan

03 February 2014 | Article

IUCN ROWA joined more than 80 participants in Third Near East Forestry Week (NEFW) and the 21st Near East Forestry & Range Commission from different countries to celebrate Arbor Day in Balila, Jerash Governorate, Jordan on the 29th of January, 2014. 

International Union for Conservation of Nature, Regional Office for West Asia (IUCN-ROWA), in cooperation with The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) in Jordan took advantage of the 3rd Near East Forestry Week (NEFW) to celebrate the Arbor day on the 29th January 2014.

Along with the Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture in Jordan, H.E Dr. Radi Tarawneh, the Jerash Governor, FAO representatives, Jordanian institutions, organizations and the local community, IUCN ROWA participated in planting trees in the Almond Forest in Balila, Jerash. The Agriculture Department of Jerash renamed the Forest to become the Near East Forestry and Range Commission (NEFRC) Forest, in the occasion of 21st Near East Forestry and Range Commission meeting that was held in Amman that same week.

The forest, which covers more than 600 dunums, was planted with several types of conifers, Wild Almond, Eucalyptus and Oak trees. This celebration assured the importance of tree conservation and a greener Jordan.

‘Tree plantation and conservation of this forest will continue all year round’ a promise from the Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture in Jordan, H.E Dr. Radi Tarawneh.

For more information about the event, kindly contact:
Fida Haddad; Drylands, Livelihoods and Gender Programme Manager
fida.haddad@iucn.org