" 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.
In July, a group of American students joined IUCN ROWA in exploring and understanding different cultural and environmental aspects in Jordan. For a week, students joint other Jordanian students to discuss water, energy, waste and biodiversity in Jordan.
The first step was introducing them to a variety of environmental concerns Jordan is facing, from water scarcity to land degradation. IUCN ROWA members, The Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS) have helped in introducing the problems of marine degradation in Aqaba and then further introduced their Eco-schools programme that works on increasing environmental awareness in local and public schools in Amman and Aqaba.
The group of students were then able to identify these problems and how to manage them in schools, they later helped in portraying a variety of environmental messages on the walls of a school in Amman, jointly with that schools students.
The final step was introducing them to a mixture of environmental and cultural aspects, by visiting the IUCN ROWA project in the Bani Hashem Villages. A hima was established in Bani Hashem along other areas in Zarqa as part of the "Securing rights, restoring lands" project funded by the EU.
Students were able to live the daily life of locals in the area and understand the importance of land conservation and how local communities can together manage and protect their lands benefiting from them.
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