A Forum for Dialogue Exchange: Experiences from Forest and Rangelands Conservation

04 February 2014 | Article

 21st Near East Forestry and Range Commission and 3rd Near East Forestry Week was officially inaugurated by the Jordan’s Minister of Agriculture, H.E Dr. Akef Al-Zoubi on the 26th of January 2014 in Amman, Jordan.

The event was organized by 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.

The event started its activities at the opening ceremony, where H.E Dr. Akef Al Zoubi delivered a speech about the Jordanian’s initiatives in Forest and rangeland management and conservation. Mr Fadi Shraideh, the Acting Regional Director of IUCN ROWA, focused on the importance of this event as an opportunity to exchange experiences and opinions in forest and rangeland field between experts and stakeholders. While Mr Eduardo Rojas-Briales, the Assistant Director General of FAO highlighted FAO’s role in facing all the challenges in forest and rangelands field.

Lateron, H.E Dr. Akef Al-Zoubi opened the Exhibition Hall, which was an opportunity for IUCN members and local communities to showcase their achievements and some of their products.
The first day workshops at the Forestry week focused on economic evaluation of the natural environment, which plays a main role in making good decisions about projects and policies that affect the environment. The presenters showed successful case studies in the benefits and wise use of ecosystem goods and services in different countries. On the second day, the presenters highlighted different case studies that showed the role of local communities in sustainable management of forests and rangelands, which helped in improving their livelihoods.The third day focused on showing other case studies from different countries regarding the effective partnerships between governments, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and private sector in conservation of forests and rangelands. It also highlighted different Arabic World Heritage sites in order to enlighten the audience about the importance of these sites.

On the 29th of January, 2014, more than 80 participants in this event from different countries joined IUCN ROWA to celebrate Arbor Day in Balila, Jerash Governorate, Jordan, where they planted different types of trees.

The aforementioned event was designed to foster and encourage the participation of relevant private sector parties, Non-Governmental Organizations, Community Based Organizations and Associations, Academics and the media and provide a forum for dialogue with public sector organizations.

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