West Asia


  • Trainees in the Marine Protected Areas Management &  Planning Course, Damascus Photo: Mohamed Eltayeb

    Marine Protected Areas Management Planning Workshop series in Syria


    Management planning is considered an essential step towards ensuring proper management of protected areas. Responding to the Syrian Ministry of Environment request, IUCN Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) in partnership with the Ministry has conducted a...

  • Local communities resting on the side of Zarqa River in Jordan Photo: Dana Khreis

    Launching of the Zarqa River Restoration Project


    The severely polluted Zarqa River in Jordan has long been considered a source of controversy and drawn complaints from area residents who say pollution levels have become so severe that the river emits a stench, attracting insects, particularly in the summer...

  • Barcelona Congress Photo: IUCN

    Most successful Congress to date says report


    The final evaluation report available as well in French and Spanish,of the 2008 World Conservation Congress (WCC),  held in Barcelona, is available for consultation. The report, performed by independent evaluators Universalia, calls the Barcelona...

  • IBA Event Photo: SPNL

    Identification and Conservation of New “Important Bird Areas” in Lebanon


    With generous funding from the MAVA trust, A Rocha Lebanon and the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) in cooperation with the Birdlife International, have concluded the 3 year science and community conservation project that aimed at...

  • Right to left: Minister of Envrironment HE Eng. Khaled Al-Irani, Chief Islamic Justice Dr. Ahmed Helayel and IUCN West Asia Regional Director Dr. Odeh Al-Jayyousi Photo: Petra News Agency

    IUCN Calls for Reviving the Waqf for Environment Initiative


    IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature called for developing an institutional model for the environmental Waqf (trust fund) using a modern methodology through a consultation session on the New Vision on Waqf for Environment and Sustainable...

  • Palm Tree Photo: IUCN ROWA

    IUCN Organizes a National Consultation Session on Waqf for Environment and Sustainable Development


    In light of the global financial crisis and climate change and their effects on all forms of development, IUCN emphasizes the urgent need to explore new approaching for generating local funding inspired from culture to develop new sustainable development...

  • IUCN Director General in the Syrian Desert Palmyra to launch the IUCN Ibis project Photo: Rania Faouri

    Ibis Project Kicks off in Palmyra


    IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre has officially launched the Northern Bald Ibis Project in the Syrian Palmyra desert. This project aims to establish new standards and practices for protected areas design and management in Syria, where activities to...

  • IUCN DG attending the Lebanon National Committee Meeting in Beirut Photo: Rania Faouri

    IUCN Director General in Lebanon to meet with Government Officials and IUCN members


    IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre has called on the Lebanese government to take an active role as a member of IUCN. Visiting Beirut she stressed to Dr. Berj Hatjian, Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment that this will allow Lebanon an...

  • IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefevre with Former Prime Minister Dr. Adnan Badran and Ministry of Envrionment Secretary General Faris Al Juneidi Photo: Rania Faouri

    Director General meets with IUCN members in Jordan


    In a warm atmosphere, IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre has met with IUCN members in Jordan in the presence of the former Jordanian Prime Minister HE Dr. Adnan Badran and Ministry of Environment Secretary General HE Mr. Faris Al Junaidi, IUCN...

  • IUCN Meeting in Palestine Photo: Buthaina Mezyed

    IUCN stakeholder meeting in Palestine


    Within the IUCN Director General mission to the West Asia region she also visited Jenin in Palestine where she took a tour to a number of protected areas and sites there. She met with the Jenin Deputy Governor Mr. Abdullah Barakat and the government...


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