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Annual General Assembly Meeting 2014
RSCN Board of Directors have approved the annual report for the year 2013 during the Annual General Assembly Meeting on Monday June 16, at the Royal Cultural Center.
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The Birdlife International 48th Global Council Meeting 2014
The Council participates in an interactive workshop for local institutions being hosted by the Arab Bank in Jordan and organized by RSCN. An opportunity to promote RSCN’s work as a BirdLife Partner in Jordan.
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Dove Hunting Season Began on June 15
RSCN announced the hunting season for Turle, Rock, and Collared Doves began on June 15 and continues through Sempteber 15 within the Jordan Valley area.
Local Environmental News
Greenpeace Activists Block Entrance in Bergesh Forest
Greenpeace volunteers blocked the main entrance of the site where trees were allegedly uprooted to establish a military academy in Bergesh Forest.

World Environmental News
Butterflies Use Magnetic Compass to Fly across America

The monarch butterfly uses a magnetic compass to guide its extraordinary migration thousands of km across North America, scientists say.

99 Percent of Ocean Trash is Missing
Millions of tons. That’s how much plastic should be floating in the world’s oceans, given our ubiquitous use of the stuff. But a new study finds that 99% of this plastic is missing

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Since early 2011, the Development Zones Company and the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature launched a joint partnership for the development and conservation of the Dead Sea Development Zones, with the primary aim to mainstream the ecosystems' management principles into the current development master plan for the area. The cooperation program includes building on each organization’s core competency to support the effective and successful implementation of the master plan. RSCN shall provide its technical know-how and institutional capacity to integrated biodiversity conservation, while the Development Zones Company shall provide the ecosystem oriented approaches to planning and management of development programs and initiatives.
The Swimmeh Eco-Park is an integral part of the land designated by the government of Jordan to the Development and Free Zones Commission, and is managed by the Jordan Development Zones Company as part of Dead Sea Development Zone. RSCN involvement is limited to specific land management delegation according to the plans and initiatives agreed by both parties. The ecosystem planning and development of the Sweimeh Eco-Park represents a key component of the cooperation framework and aims at:
  • Ensuring the sustainability of the ecological and landscape integrity of the Eco-park as one of the core natural assets of the development zone.
  • Promoting the sustainable use of the Eco-park in line with the potential restoration and rehabilitation and based on its historic status.
  • Contributing to the site tourism offering and product diversification as part of the economic development of the region as a whole.
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Common Name: Caracal
Scientific Name: Caracal caracal
The Caracal is one of the most beautiful and rarely encountered wild cats.
It prefers semi deserts habitats and can penetrate into mountainous areas with thick vegetation.
The caracal is nocturnal. Gestation period lasts for about 82 days and females give birth to 1-3 new borne(s). The Caracal is a hunter by nature.
The main consumed
 food items are gazelles, hares, rodents, rock hyraxes, birds and reptiles.
It seems that populations of such species are declining with very few observations in the past few years due to human continuous use of animals fighting toxins

Did you know!

Did you know that the hyena has the strongest Jaw among all carnivore’s species? It is the only predator capable of crushing and eating bones.
Environmental Tips
If you lower the indoor temperature by one degree you reduce the heating cost by five percent.
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Development of Visitor Facilities at Yarmouk Nature Reserve (10,000 JOD)
Each year, Yarmouk Nature Reserve attracts large numbers of local and international visitors to enjoy and learn about the area’s environment and nature. The reserve is famous for its two vegetation types: Deciduous oak forest and freshwater vegetation types. Rapid assessment surveys show that there are 59 plant species in the reserve, among them the Deciduous Oak, which is Jordan’s national tree.
The RSCN established an environmental tourist camp within the reserve, as part of its plan to develop ecotourism in the nature reserves under its management. It implements its ecotourism initiatives under the principles of responsible and sustainable tourism in natural areas that seek to preserve the environment while developing socio-economic benefits for the local community. The RSCN therefore plans to build a cafeteria to serve the visitors at the reserve, which will enhance tourist services provided by the reserve while providing jobs for the local community.

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