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Earth Charter Press Conference

Celebrating the Earth Charter 10th Anniversary

On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Earth Charter for North Africa and Middle East Region, the Jordan Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) and 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. This celebration is held in partnership and funding of Ministry of Environment and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature – Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) and in cooperation with Talal Abu Ghazaleh Group. …  

07 Nov 2010 | International news release

Workshop on Gender and Climate Change – Towards a Gender Plan of Action in Climate Change in Jordan

Jordan first Arab country to mainstream gender in climate change policy

Amman, Jordan – 2 November 2010. Water scarcity is one of the major challenges affecting the Arab region as a direct result of the impacts of climate change. Jordan was one of the first developing countries to respond to this challenge by signing the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). …  

02 Nov 2010 | International news release

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SOS – A new call on businesses to respond to extinction crisis

The Global Environment Facility, the World Bank, and IUCN today announced they had established the Save Our Species (SOS) initiative with more than $US10 million in financing commitments and called on businesses to help build the biggest global species conservation fund by 2015. …   | French | Spanish

28 Oct 2010 | International news release

Minister of Agriculture and IUCN cooperate to improve livelihoods in drylands and rangelands in Jordan

IUCN and Ministry of Agriculture cooperate to improve livelihoods in drylands and rangelands in Jordan

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature – Regional Office for West Asia signed a Memorandum of Cooperation today with Ministry of Agriculture in Jordan to foster means of cooperation between both parties through implementing a project on sustainable management of drylands and rangelands and the conservation, restoration and sustainable management of ecosystem services, as the basis for improved livelihoods. …  

26 Oct 2010 | International news release
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Journalists during the Media as Partners training

Promoting media as partners in achieving sustainable development

Amman 24 October 2010 - Realizing the importance of media in shaping public opinions and in being a catalyst of change in addressing the root causes of ecological degradation, UNESCO Amman Office in cooperation with IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) – Regional Office for West Asia are holding a 4-day training workshop under the patronage of H.E Minister of Environment Hazem Malhas. The event, entitled Media as Partners in Education for Sustainable Development, gathers more than 20 journalists and media professionals to be trained on environmental reporting techniques on sustainable development issues. The workshop is held from 24-27 October, 2010.   …  

24 Oct 2010 | International news release
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IUCN members in UAE Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

IUCN and Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve promote nature conservation in UAE

Building on the conservation efforts undertaken by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature in the West Asia region through the Regional Office for West Asia, IUCN partnered with Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) to promote nature conservation and the equitable and ecologically sustainable use of natural resources in United Arabs Emirates. …  

28 Sep 2010 | News story

Hima Kafr zabad in Lebanon

Hima as a model for natural resource management in West Asia and North Africa

By: Odeh Al-Jayyousi, PhD.
Regional Director, IUCN Regional Office for West Asia 
orj@iucn.org

The West Asia - North Africa region has a rich history of hosting and nurturing a system of community-based natural resource management, one that can inform governance structures in the 21st century to benefit local communities in WANA.
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11 Aug 2010 | Article

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Training local communities on gender and climate change in Jordan

Amman, Jordan, 1 August 2010 – Realizing the negative impacts of natural disasters and environmental changes on vulnerable communities and the essential role that women can play in reducing those vulnerabilities, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and the Arab Women Organization in Jordan recently conducted a training course on gender and climate change for community based organizations (CBOs) and women groups, empowering them to be the catalysts of change in their communities. The training was held from Aug. 1-5, 2010 in Jordan and was funded by the Global Women Fund. …  

01 Aug 2010 | News story

Participants of the Transboundary Water Management training

Reality and implementation of transboundary water management

West Asia is one of the most water-stressed regions of the world. A number of countries in the region share transboundary water aquifers and rivers that may create enough reason for political conflict among those countries. Therefore, there is a vital need to develop regional strategies to manage those shared water resources, especially with the continuous increase in population growth and the resulting increase in demand for water. …  

26 Jul 2010 | News story
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Participants of the World Heritage Sub-Regional Meeting in Meknes, Morocco

Momentum for Mesopotamia’s marshlands

Once covering an area of up to 20,000 km2, the Mesopotamian marshlands of southern Iraq are one of the world's great wetlands. The marshlands (al ahwar) are part of the Tigris-Euphrates River Basin, which is shared by Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey and were once home to several hundred thousand inhabitants, the Ma'dan, a people whose unique way of life had been preserved for over 5,000 years. …  

30 Jun 2010 | News story