Newsletter - July 2014
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IUCN Welcomes 11 New Members

The IUCN Council has admitted 11 new Members to IUCN.

The Council, President, Director General and entire Union extend a very warm welcome to the new Members and look forward to their active involvement.

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The Coexistence of the Nesting Green Sea Turtle and Touristic Activity in Tyre

“The Green Queen showed up!” says Nabigha, who monitors the beach along with Munir. After putting the effort to reduce light pollution from the touristic beach in Tyre Coast Nature Reserve (TCNR) since last year by using light shields for all the bulbs, the green sea turtle had the courage after 9 years to return and lay her eggs in the darkened seashore of the TCNR for the second time this summer.

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Environmental & Cultural Awareness in Jordan

 "Take a walk in someone else's shoes" .. and thats excatly what a group of students from the US have done during a week in Jordan, as part of a leadership exchange programme with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and partnered with IUCN for a week this July.

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Raising Awareness about Biodiversity

Youths nowadays have grown up amid serious environmental issues relatively known to previous generations.

From the belief in the role of youth in biodiversity conservation, IUCN ROWA hosted students from the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in its office in Amman on the 8th of July, 2014 to shed light on IUCN’s work and raise their awareness about the importance of biodiversity conservation. 

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“Experiencing” the Ecotourism in the Mediterranean Protected Areas


It is believed, that since the new project MEET, analyzes tourism activities in protected areas with a scientific approach based on local experience, it will update the actual know‐how of managing and promoting eco‐tourism and will bring a significant contribution to new policies. Together with other partners, including IUCN ROWA, Al Shouf Biosphere Reserve are part of this new initiative.

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An Intervention Targeted to Rehabilitate Two Old Water Tank Networks in the Village of Rwaiymeh- Lebanon

Being a partner with IUCN ROWA in the SEARCH project, The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) during its final phases in the project have targeted the rehabilitation of two old water tanks and their networks in the village of Rwaiymeh (in Karmchbat area-Upper Akkar). In addition to the installation of a new plastic water tank so that water will reach all households in the village even the ones located at higher levels.

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Rehabilitation of a water tank
In Other News

The 2014 Winners of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Awards

 After Shanghai in 2010 and London in 2012, the 2014 Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Award Ceremony will be organized abroad for the third time. This year, the ceremony will be held on October 12th in the unique and magnificent setting of Sunnylands in Palm Springs (California).
Since 2008, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Awards has honoured several international key figures and organisations for their exemplary action in favour of the environment and the protection of the planet, in each of the Foundation’s three priority fields of activity: to limit the effects of climate change, to preserve biodiversity, to manage water resources and to combat desertification.
The three 2014 award winners, chosen by HSH Prince Albert II based on the proposal of the Board of Directors and which will be awarded on the occasion of the Foundation’s Seventh Award Ceremony, have been announced. 

For The « Biodiversity Award »  the work of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species will be honored. 

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A new knowledge sharing tool on urbinization & urban development in MENA

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The inaugural Middle East and North Africa Urbanization Knowledge Platform
(MENA UKP) has launched a newsletter on urban development. The newsletter is designed to facilitate knowledge exchange on policies and initiatives that aim to leverage urbanization. It is oriented towards decision makers, individuals and groups from all realms interested in urban issues and opportunities in MENA. In each issue, they will showcase a different theme linked to urban development.

In their fist issue, the main focus was City Resilience. Recent events, resources and publications, blogs and more about this theme are found in this issue. For West Asia, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, the West Bank and Gaza and Kuwait have created new initiatives to enhance city resilience. 

> Read the issue here

Developing Legal Literacy and Governance Expertise to Protect the World’s Biodiversity

 Strong and well-implemented legal frameworks are critical to creating and maintaining effective and sustainable protected areas, which provide a fundamental infrastructure for the conservation of biological diversity and essential ecosystem services. However, the legal aspects of protected areas management and governance are often not well understood. The IUCN is addressing this problem by putting together a set of educational tools for teaching and learning about protected areas law and governance.

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Upcoming events

World Water Week 2014

Each year the World Water Week addresses a particular theme to enable a deeper examination of a specific water-related topic. While not all events during the week relate to the overall theme, the workshops driven by the Scientific Programme Committee and many seminars and side events focus on various aspects of the theme.

In 2014, the World Water Week in Stockholm has a theme of "Energy and Water" which is held between August 31 and September 5 and IUCN ROWA will be part of it.
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A seminar on identification & formulation of the Jordan NAMA on Solar Water Pumping

Under the patronage of H.E the Minister of Environment, the seminar will be hosted at the Geneva Hotel, Amman from 19th - 21st August 2014. This comes as part of the ClimaSouth project funded by the EU in cooperation with ENSIAP, IUCN ROWA and the Jordanian Ministry of Environment. 


Sami Jaouni

sami picture  Sami joined the IUCN ROWA team mid 2014 as a Finance Officer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Jordan and has more than 9 years of experience as an auditor.
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Muatsem Al Sawa'i

Senior Accountant and Budget Assistant Muatsem joined the IUCN ROWA team mid 2014 as a Senior Accountant and Budget Assistant. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Banking from the Al Al-Bayt University and has more than 7 years of experience as an accountant and 6 years of experience as a finance officer.
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New Publications

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