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Abu Dhabi and Jordan Join Forces to Conserve Houbara
Jordan has become the latest country to join forces with Abu Dhabi in the Emirate's long-standing campaign to restore and preserve wild the Houbara's populations.

Forest Fire Destroys 200 Trees in Dibeen
Forty dunums of trees in the Dibbeen Forest Reserve were destroyed in a wildfire. A report on the damages shows that 200 trees were burned, including Aleppo pines, oaks and maple trees.

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Ajloun Open Day in the Framework of the German Weeks 2014
Around 70 participants from Amman, Mafraq and Ajloun have taken part in the “Ajloun Open Day” event, organized by the Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung and the RSCN in order to get informed on the work of the HSS and its partner organization.

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Local Environmental News
Conservationists Relaunch a Campaign to Protect Bergesh Trees
Conservationists and environmental activists have denounced the reported uprooting of hundreds of centennial trees from Bergesh Forest and relaunched a national campaign to combat further destruction of the site.
Environmental NGOs Federation Officially Launched
The Jordanian Federation for Environmental NGOs was officially launched, becoming the country’s first coalition of environment and nature protection agencies.
Regional Environmental News
Cartwheeling Spider Discovered in Morocco
A newly discovered species of spider, scientifically named Cebrennus rechenbergi, can flip like a gymnast.

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World Environmental News
Biggest Dinosaur ever Discovered
Fossilised bones of a dinosaur believed to be the largest creature that has ever walked on earth have been unearthed in Argentina. Weighing in at 77 tons, this dinosaur was as heavy as 14 African elephants, and seven tons heavier than the previous record holder, the Argentinosaurus.      Read more >>>>
Picture of the Month
Common Name: Arak
Scientific Name: Salvadora persica
Arak tree is considered as a threatened species at the national level, due to its restricted location in the southern east stripe of Jordan from Ghor AlSafi towards Aqaba. Both its shoot and root systems are used for multiple reasons. Its fruitsare human edible and many animals eat its leaves. Moreover, the latter and its leaves are also used for medical purposes by local communities. This plant needs to live in tropical conditions and can tolerate salinity. Fifa Protected Area contains the healthiest representation of Arak trees in Jordan according to a RSCN field study of this area realized in 2013.
Environmental Tips

Switch off your car engine if you anticipate a long wait in order to avoid producing harmful pollution due to exhaust gases.

Identify Plant Species that are used for dyeing in Ghor Al-Safi and its Neighboring Area located in the Southern part of Jordan

The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) is implementing this field study in Ghor Al-Safi and its neighboring area as a part of a UNESCO project entitled “Empowering rural women in the Jordan valley”. The overall project aimed at supporting the Women’s Cooperative Association in Ghor Al Safi, by helping them improve improve the cooperative’s production and promotion of handmade crafts, and,thus, at building income opportunities for local community. It is noteworthy to mention that the cooperative already produces handmade crafts using traditional and experienced dyeing techniques. However,  it needs some support to improve their quality especially when using natural-sourced dyes.
As part of its activities, this project will help the women of Ghor Al-Safi to introduce new natural dyes for their production of handicrafts with new colors, and promote useful marketing for these products. Due to its professional experience in the Jordanian botany, and specifically in Ghor Al-Safi’s environment and flora, in addition to its knowledge of socio-economic attributes of the area, the Flora team of the National Center for Monitoring Conservation in the RSCN is working nowadays to select locally available natural resources for dyeing in coordination with an expert in natural dyes from the UNESCO.
Did you know!

The area of Jordan is about 90,000 km² and contains more than 2,543 wild plant species –note the number can be increased!- whereas the area of England and Ireland together is 315,000 km² which is three and half times Jordan’s area, but they only 1,700 plant species!
One of the RSCN Sponsorship Menu projects that you can support:
Management of Aqaba Birds Observatory Forest (15,000 JOD)
The Aqaba Birds Observatory, managed by the RSCN, includes a forest that covers an area of around 100,000 square meters and which is an important habitat used by migratory birds when flying over the region during migration seasons.
This native ecosystem plays a protective role for these migratory birds. To reinforce this role, to preserve the natural pattern of the region and to reduce the spread of invasive speciesthe RSCN aims at replacing some harmful non-native invasive trees with native plant types found in the local ecosystem. This project would help preserve the future of the area’s ecosystem and serve the overall objective of the Observatory by attracting more migrating birds. The project aims also at installing an irrigation system to support the new plants as well as at building green spaces, parks and picnic areas which would be used by local communities and visitors. . This project would be implemented over three-year period in order to maintain the site’s vegetation and ensure the sustainability of the forest.

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June 2014
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