Wild Jordan Adventures: Eco-businesses support locals and protected areas

The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature is an independent non-governmental organization in Jordan given the mandate of conserving biodiversity in Jordan. RSCN does so by creating and managing nature reserves. Part of RSCN’s interventions includes the creation of nature-based businesses that do not exert pressure on the natural resources of the area. These businesses include ecotourism facilities and activities and craft production workshops. The surrounding local community is employed to provide alternative income. All revenues generated contribute to the cost of conservation programs in the area.

a) Involving local communities in environmentally safe initiatives and activities garners their political support to the creation of the reserve and everything it entails from limiting traditional sources of livelihoods and bad practices.

b) Our initiatives provide a sustainable source of income for the surrounding community, longer than the non-sustainable use of the resources can ever provide.

c) Local communities residing around ecologically important areas usually lack employment opportunities, seeing as the private sector does not venture in those remote yet magnificent landscapes. Through the creation of the reserve and of our socioeconomic development initiatives, the community has had a chance to learn new professions related to both conservation, ecotourism, and craft production as well as general capacity building.

RSCN is constantly growing and developing our ecotourism program. We are currently managing 9 reserves, our conservation plan includes the designation of 5 more reserves which means just as many more ecotourism interventions.

RSCN has invested in the creation of a state of the art conservation academy under the name of The Royal Academy for Nature Conservation. This academy is set to become a regional certification and training centre on topics of conservation, sustainable development, nature guiding and many other short and long courses.

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