Jordan was selected as one of four country sites where this global project will be implemented; namely Botswana, Mali and Sudan. The three-year-project, which is implemented by IUCN Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) and funded by the European Union in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Arab Womens Organization, is aiming at poverty reduction, sustainable management and restoration of ecosystems in drylands and rangelands.
The conservation, restoration and sustainable management of ecosystem services, as the basis for improved livelihoods, achieved through more secure rights, better management, and enhanced income generation opportunities in four diverse dryland areas in Botswana, Jordan, Mali and Sudan.
The project plans to build the capacities of local communities and their institutions to manage and restore their ecosystems and improve their marketing activities. Four pilot areas were selected in Jordan within Zarqa and Mafraq governorates, where the project will explore economic and income generating options for rural communities based on natural resource commodities and on valuations of ecosystem services (read the economic valuation here).
The project will also inform and influence policies to support sustainable management of drylands and rangelands at local, national, regional and global levels.
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