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Gender mainstreaming

Climate Change Local Knowledge Assessments in Bani Hashem Villages

 During the months of November and December 2013, IUCN ROWA funded by ICARDA (The Internation Center for Agricultural Research in Dryland Areas) has undergone climate Change Local Knowledge Assessments in Bani Hashem Villages.

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The Near East Forestry and Range Commission (NEFRC) is coming to Amman

 FAO are taking advantage of the 21st Near East Forestry and Range Commission (NEFRC) to hold the 3rd Near East Forestry Week (NEFW) in Amman, Jordan in 26th January 2014.

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

  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.

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Arbor Day Celebration in Balila

Arbor Day Celebrations in Balila, Jordan

 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.

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Women agriculture interventions

IUCN ROWA | BLOG - Happy International Womens Day

Khatma belongs to the Bani Hassan Jordanian Tribe in the Bani Hashem Villages - Zarqa Governorate in Jordan. Tribal culture in Jordan is still very dominant and Khatma like many other women and men abide by these rules and traditions. Khatma is an unmarried, illiterate woman in her late 40s. She has changed my whole view about women empowerment in the middle east. Education is only half of what you need to thrive.

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Economic Valuation of the Hima System: Bani Hashem Villages – Jordan

 Scaling up the Hima System in Jordan is the aim. Experts from different fields gather to create criteria for potential Hima system upscaling in Amman.

Experts were introduced to the economic valuation of the Hima system in Jordan that showed the value of rangeland productivity, water infiltration and reduced soil erosion.

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Al Hima Forum

Al Hima: Possibilities are Endless

 Hima no longer means small confined pieces of dryland, but a whole new approach of rangeland and natural resource management.

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HRH Prince El Hassan Bin Talal Reviews the Amman Declaration on Innovating Hima

 Hima forum, which was organized by The International Union of the Conservation of Nature – Regional Office for West Asia (IUCN ROWA) and under the patronage of HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal, came out with important recommendations that figured out the Amman Declaration on Innovating Hima.

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Toolkit Consultation Meeting

An Opportunity To Draft A Biodiversity Toolkit For Decision Makers

To achieve the "Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management Practices" project's goal in increasing the biodiversity conservation in southern Jordan, IUCN ROWA set a meeting on 8th May, 2014 to gather experts in biodiversity conservation in order to draft a toolkit that aims at helping the planning community contribute to the conservation, enhancement and sustainable use of biodiversity and geo-diversity.

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National Action Plans to Combat Desertification Workshop

The Alignment of National Action Plans to Combat Desertification in the Arab Countries

 On the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification, a workshop was held, under the patronage of HE Dr. Rashid Ahmad bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water in the UAE, in Dubai on the 18th June, 2014 to discuss the alignment of national action plans to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought in the Arab countries.

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Hima Bani Hashem Villages

The Amman Declaration on Innovating Hima – Endorsed


As a sign of HRH Prince EL Hassan Bin Talal’s belief in the role of Al- Hima in combating desertification and drought in West Asia in general and Jordan in particular, he signed The Amman Declaration on Innovating Hima.prepared by IUCN ROWA and different stakeholders during a Forum last month.

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Workshop - Amman

Combating Desertification: A Jordanian Commitment

IUCN ROWA prepared a draft for both the UNCCD national report and the CBD national report. Later, IUCN ROWA in cooperation with MoEnv and under the patronage of the Minister of Environment H.E. Taher Shakhshir held a combined inception workshop on 14th August, 2014 in Amman aiming at launching these two consulting studies and engaging the stakeholders in finalizing the national reports.

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