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Agreement for Cooperation to Set up a Corner of Biodiversity
Under the activities of Houbara conservation project, RSCN had signed an agreement with the Children’s Museum Jordan to establish a specilaised corner that is telling the story of conservation of Jordan and its unique biodiversity.
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Launch of Protected Area Distance Education Programme
RSCN launched the graduate level Protected Area Distance Education Programme to qualify professionals in ecosystem protection and the management of the region’s biodiversity. 
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Refresh Your Home with One Click
When Zaina and Rania Kan’aan migrated from Montreal to Dubai, it was different to display art. Hailing from a country where any corner or vacant space can be used to display their art, Dubai was the complete opposite.
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Release of the Syrian Serin Bird
We would like to thank the students Fadi, and Nadim Bakain, where they have handed the Syrian Serien bird to RSCN as they found it. It was released in peace.
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Local Environmental News
Amman Municipality Installed Solar-Powered Lamps on BRT Route
The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) started installing some 20 solar-powered LED lamps along the routes of the Amman Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).
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World Environmental News
Millions of Shade Balls Protecting Los Angeles Reservoir
Los Angeles officials have come up with a surprisingly low-tech way to fight the region's water crisis: millions of floating plastic balls.
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China’s Air Pollution Kills 1.6 Million a Year
A Berkeley Earth study of newly released air quality data from 1,500 sites across East Asia has found that airborne particulate matter contributes to 1.6 million deaths per year in China. That is equivalent to about 4,400 per day.
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Bio Bits
Dana Biosphere Reserve is the only breeding area for the Syrian Serin in Jordan
A small, green-and- yellow finch, is the only bird species endemic to the Near East. It has a very restricted world rang (See Map above), breeding in mountains (900-1,900 m) in Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Jordan. The small population comprises 800-1000 mature individuals in Jordan. It was up listed in 2004, from Near Threatened to Vulnerable due to its rapid population decline.
World distribution of Syrian Serin.
RSCN established a special monitoring program aiming to study the population trend, distribution and threats on the species in the reserve. The monitoring program shows that the breeding population is declining; and its area of occupancy has decreased by 30% since 1996. The Syrian Serin population size has declining by 50% since 1996.
Several challenges face the current population of the Syrian Serin. The Serin’s last natural breeding area in Jordan is threatened by human development within the Al Barrah area. The Serin’s habitat is constantly facing degradation due to tree felling, branch cutting, drought conditions, overgrazing pressure, and unregulated picnicking activities. 
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Common Name: Syrian Serin  
Scientific Name: Serinus syriacus

Al-Barra area is located in the southern-east corner of Dana biosphere reserve. Two vegetation types out of eight that were described within the reserve are presented in this area that are; Juniper forest and Evergreen Oak forest. It was declared as an important bird area in 2003. It holds many threatened species like Syrian Serin, Griffon Vulture, Short-toed Eagle and other.

Did You Know!

More than 40% of mammal species are rodents.
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Renovation of  Al-Romana Tower Area of Dana Biosphere Reserve (5,000 JOD)

The Al-Romana Tower region is one of the most important areas for the local communities and it is the only area for the people of the Al -Baseera region in particular.

In an effort to raise awareness, RSCN is training the reserve team and teaching them how to cooperate with each category of people who come to Dana, be they visitors or local residents. The tower is important because it presents precise, quality information about the reserve and the surrounding areas as well as the policies of the RSCN. The exhibit encourages both visitors and local inhabitants to support conservation projects in the reserves so that each member of society becomes a protector of nature.

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