Boosting South-South Cooperation on Protected Areas management

In the Framework of IUCN-Med/CEPF (Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) project#62748# on “Promotion of the value of key biodiversity areas in North Africa, through the involvement of civil society organizations into their conservation and management”, a Study Tour to Jordanian Protected Areas took place between 26 and 31 of May 2014 in collaboration with the Royal Society for Conservation of Nature in Jordan.

The participants with the CEPF project team, Natural Reserve of Al Mujib

The tour gathered 12 representatives of civil society’s organizations and public institutions involved into the conservation of nature and the management of the protected areas from 4 North African countries: Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.

This tour had three main objectives: Learn about the experience of the Royal Society for Conservation of Nature (RSCN) in relation to creation and management of protected areas, visit community development and ecotourism projects related to protected areas, and strengthen the exchange between North Africa public institutions and civil society’s organizations in terms of key biodiversity areas conservation and management.
During the trip, three natural reserves managed by RSCN were visited namely: Dana, Al Mujib and Ajloun. This has permitted to highlight the particularities of each area and common threats and challenges that they have to face. In Mujib, participants had the chance to meet with CEPF project team in charge of preparing the new management plan of the natural reserve. The exchange between the two CEPF projects implemented in North Africa and in Jordan was rich and permitted to the participants to understand the CEPF approach in funding projects for civil society organizations in the Mediterranean. Several small initiatives developed for and by local communities was also visited in the neighborhoods of the three protected areas.

The study tour was an excellent opportunity to boost a South-South sharing experience between western and eastern Mediterranean countries regarding management of key biodiversity areas, and highlighted the capacity of NGOs in taking the lead in the field of conservation and sustainable development in Mediterranean Arab countries.

For more information: Maher Mahjoub

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