The IUCN Regional Office for West Asia and Middle East (WAME) in Amman is currently preparing its regional strategy to incorporate gender equity and poverty alleviation into its conservation programmes.
Mr Odeh Al Jayousi, the Regional Director of IUCN WAME said “In the struggle to conserve biodiversity we have to ensure that we also help address issues of poverty alleviation and gender equity. The poor have most to gain from conservation and efficient use of scarce resources. It is our aim to involve them in nature conservation, not to exclude them. We also believe that women should play a major role in conservation – across the whole region women depend most on the natural environment for their livelihoods”. A one day workshop on Conserving our Energy, Sharing our Knowledge resources. Strengthening the linkages between conservation, gender equity and poverty alleviation, facilitated by the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD), was held this week at the Queen Zein al Sharaf Institute for Development (ZENID). The aim of the workshop was to raise awareness of the value to be gained from coordinated actions between stakeholders with an interest in environmental conservation, gender equity and poverty alleviation.
The workshop was set in the context of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Key figures from organizations working on environment, gender, poverty alleviation and sustainable development presented their priority objectives and a number of case studies, drawn from practice in Jordan, which were used to illustrate the advantages to be gained from a united approach.
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