IUCN and Royal Botanic Garden create synergies to conserve biodiversity in Jordan

02 December 2010 | News story

Creating synergies towards biodiversity conservation in Jordan was the main aim of the partnership between IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Royal Botanic Garden. This partnership was officially announced through a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed recently between both parties to jointly pursue their conservation efforts that promote equitable and ecologically sustainable use of natural resources in Jordan and the West Asia region.

IUCN and RBG will work jointly to develop programmes and projects in Jordan, focusing mainly on capacity building activities and technical assistance. IUCN will support RBG in creating the national criteria for identifying Jordan’s native plant species as well as regional support for RBG’s activities.

The first activity planned for 2011 is the Regional Training of Trainers on IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, which is an IUCN system used to catalogue and highlight plants and animals that are facing a higher risk of global extinction. Due to the lack of capacity in the Arab region in terms of species conservation, IUCN ROWA is planning to hold this five-day Red Listing workshop, which will be held in partnership with RBG and funded by the French Government, to build the capacities of thirty participants and enable them to evaluate and analyze the biodiversity of the Arab states, prepare a Red List of the threatened species and endangered species in the region and identify the threats or potential threats of those species.

“IUCN is keen to cooperate with the Royal Botanic Garden to jointly explore means of conserving biodiversity nationally and regionally,” said Khaldoun Alomari, IUCN West Asia Protected Areas Programme Officer. “The Red List training is considered an essential step to build the capacity of key experts in the Arab region on species conservation,” added Alomari.

“We, at the Royal Botanic Garden are extremely pleased to enter into this MoU with the IUCN, which represents the extent of our partnership and the strength of our friendship. This is a significant step toward making our vision a reality and establishes the framework and priorities for strategic dialogue that will focus on the full range of our common interests, including but not limited to the conservation of biological diversity,” said Tariq Abutaleb, Executive Director of the Royal Botanic Garden.

It is worth mentioning that the Royal Botanic Garden, founded in July 2004, is a non-profit company that focuses on the conservation of Jordan’s flora at the habitat level.

For more information, please contact Khaldoun Alomari, IUCN ROWA Protected Areas Officer khaldoun.alomari@iucn.org