West Asia


  • Dead Sea - Jordan Photo: Majdi Salameh

    Valuing the Dead Sea Basin


    IUCN is involved in a study to integrate environmental economic values into planning scenarios for part of the Dead Sea Basin (Jordan). It’s the first work of its kind in the region.

  • IUCN logo Photo: IUCN

    Strengthening IUCN commissions in West Asia


    IUCN Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) is in the process to devise a strategy for engaging and activating the commission members in the West Asia Region in a purposeful manner. IUCN ROWA is keen to working with all of the commissions to make a difference...

  • Haifaa Abdulhalim, IUCN Focal Point for World Heritage Photo: Haifaa Abdulhalim

    World Heritage focal point awarded by Hans Seidel and RSCN


    The Hanns Seidel Foundation in association with the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature in Jordan has created a Regional Training Award to give individuals working in environmental organisations.

  • IUCN 6th Regional Conservation Forum in Tehran 2007 Photo: Iran Department of Environment

    Starting preparations for the next Regional Conservation Forum in 2010


    After the IUCN 2nd Second West Asia Regional Committee Meeting that was held in Amman on March 30-31, 2009, the committee members called for starting with the preparations for the next IUCN 7th Regional Conservation Forum (RCF) which is proposed to be held in...

  • National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development (NCWCD) Photo: National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development (NCWCD)

    IUCN and NCWCD partner to conserve biodiversity in Saudi Arabia


    The need for biodiversity conservation in Saudi Arabia has become a rising priority, where good practice and scientific knowledge is highly required. Building on a 20-year-partnership in protected areas management, the National Commission for Wildlife...

  • Jordan Protected Areas Management Effectiveness National Report 2008 Photo: RSCN

    IUCN assists in preparing and reviewing the Management Effectiveness Report of Protected Areas in Jordan


    As part of the Integrated ecosystem management in the Jordan Rift Valley Project, the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) has approached IUCN to review the Management Effectiveness Report of the Protected Areas in Jordan based on its...

  • Bald Ibis in Palmyra desert Photo: L. Peske

    Satellite tagging of bald ibises in Palmyra


    On July 1st 2009 two sub-adult bald ibises were trapped and tagged with satellite transmitters in Palmyra in the framework of cooperation between the Syrian Desert Commission, IUCN Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) and BirdLife Middle East.

  • Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus) Photo: Joe Zammit Lucia

    Wildlife crisis worse than economic crisis – IUCN


    Life on Earth is under serious threat, despite the commitment by world leaders to reverse the trend, according to a detailed analysis of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.

  • Participants of the World Heritage Sub-Regional Meeting in Meknes, Morocco Photo: Haifaa Abdulhalim

    Sub-regional meetings on the Second cycle of Periodic reporting in the Arab states


    After the first Regional meeting on the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting in the Arab States which took place in Bahrain in December 2008, the Arab states were divided into three clusters to attend the sub-regional World Heritage Meetings that were held in...

  • UNESCO World Heritage Convention Photo: UNESCO World Heritage Convention

    World Heritage Nomination for the Marshlands of Mesopotamia in Iraq


    The Marshlands (al-ahwar) of Mesopotamia in southern Iraq, is registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage Tentative list in preparation for nominating it to be a natural and cultural (mixed) world heritage site. IUCN ROWA has trained a number of stakeholders mainly...


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