Two new IUCN Members in the Mediterranean region

The IUCN Council has just validated the decision taken by its Bureau, on 2 July 2014, to approve the admission of 11 new Members, two of which are from the Mediterranean region: the Moroccan Club for Environment and Development and the Jordanian Society for Microbial Biodiversity.

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Moroccan club for Environment and Development (CMED, or Club Marocain pour l’Environnement et le Développement in French) is a national NGO, founded in 1993 to help conserve natural resources. CMED adopts and uses an educational approach centred upon providing information and raising awareness as well as advocacy to conserve natural resources and protect the environment. In order to do so, the organization promotes activities providing information, education and communication on the environment, the population and sustainable development, and carry out studies on issues related to the environment and community development.

CMED’s educational activities focus on priorities such as water, biodiversity, renewable energies and climate change, soil conservation and the fight against desertification, impact of human activities on the quality of the environment, legislation and institutions linked to environmental issues, etc.

The Jordanian Society for Microbial Biodiversity (JSMB) was founded in October 2006 and registered as an NGO with the Ministry of the Environment on the 17th of February, 2011. JSMB is the first and only NGO specialized in microbial biodiversity conservation in the Middle East. JSMB aims to conserve Jordan's natural environment and its microbial biodiversity through three integrated pillars of scientific research, the application of traditional knowledge, and enhancing environmental awareness, particularly amongst women and youth.

The main objectives of the organization are the following: research the diversity of Jordan’s native microorganisms to ensure their conservation, discover new properties of microbes that can be useful to humans, advocate for sustainable development-oriented policies by linking conservation impacts and opportunities with social and economical development priorities, rehabilitate significantly degraded areas of Jordan, and foster environmental awareness and regulatory compliance in the wider Jordanian community.

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The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation welcomes these two new Members in the region.

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