The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature – What We Do

As a means to achieving its mission of biodiversity conservation, RSCN has dedicated itself to the following:

Setting up and managing of seven protected areas in Dana, Wadi Mujib, Azraq, Shaumari, Dibeen, Ajloun, and Wadi Rum, covering over 1200 square kilometers in some of the finest natural landscapes in the country to safeguard Jordan’s natural environment and biodiversity. Currently, a reserve is being set up in Burqu, while four additional sites, Fifa, Qatar, Jabal Masauda, and Yarmouk, are proposed locations for the establishment of new reserves in the upcoming 6 years; 

Running captive breeding programs and successfully saving several endangered species from extinction, such as the magnificent endangered Arabian Oryx, gazelle, and ibex and re-introducing them into the wilderness. RSCN has currently moved away from the process of captive breeding and embraced a new method of conservation, which involves a shift from species-oriented conservation programs to habitats-oriented conservation programs.

Enforcing the Wildlife Protection Act through a special mandate from the Ministry of Agriculture, and working closely with law enforcement agencies, such as the environmental police unit (Rangers), to protect biodiversity. RSCN is also designated as the management and enforcement authority for CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

Conducting research to provide a scientific base to aid conservation efforts;

Raising awareness on environmental issues, with a focus on school students through establishing nature conservation clubs, providing educational programs in the reserves, and integrating biodiversity concepts in school curricula;

Developing large-scale conservation projects that aim to integrate environmental protection with the socio-economic development of local people living in and around the nature reserves. RSCNs socio-economic projects include a wide variety of eco-tourism programs, as well as the production of unique handicrafts and organic food items. These nature-based businesses provide jobs tied to the protection of natural areas and create improved livelihoods for poor rural communities. All of RSCN products and eco-tourism ventures are marketed under the trade name “Wild Jordan” and the full range of handicrafts are available at the Wild Jordan Center in Amman.

Providing training and capacity building to environmental practitioners and other institutions throughout Jordan and the Middle East in an attempt to share our expertise and empower others to join in the protection of nature;

Encouraging the general public to become more involved in conservation efforts by joining RSCNs membership program and becoming a voice for nature;

Promoting public action for environmental protection through campaigns and activities run by an advocacy committee comprised of volunteers from different sectors.

This piece is taken from the website of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Jordan.

See on-line at: http://www.rscn.org.jo/orgsite/RSCN/AboutRSCN/WhatWeDo/tabid/65/Default.aspx

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