IUCN assists in preparing and reviewing the Management Effectiveness Report of Protected Areas in Jordan

23 July 2009 | News story

As part of the Integrated ecosystem management in the Jordan Rift Valley Project, the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) has approached IUCN to review the Management Effectiveness Report of the Protected Areas in Jordan based on its international standards and expertise in protected areas management.

IUCN West Asia Protected Areas team in coordination with the IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme has worked extensively on this report, which is considered an excellent example for using the tools of IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). The report was prepared through a consultative process involving protected areas staff, rangers and other institutions.

The Jordan Rift Valley, as part of the Great Rift Valley serves as connection between Africa, Europe and Asia. Lots of migrating birds go there to rest on their journey from colder regions to Africa. Unfortunately, the Jordan Rift Valley is in danger of loosing its natural assets, due to the construction of greater infrastructure to meet socio-economical development needs.

As a solution for those imbalances, a project was initiated in 2007 by The Royal Society for Conservation of Nature (RSCN) to establish a network of four Protected Areas and seven smaller Special Conservation Areas. Those areas will serve as connection between the bigger protected areas for the migrating birds, altogether representing a cross section of all key habitats and ecosystem types in the Jordan Rift Valley. IUCN ROWA is playing a vital role in bringing its international connections and experience to the project's development.