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RSCN Organizes Family Day Bazar
RSCN with support of Jordan Bromine has organized a Family Day Bazar on 29/8 at Wild Jordan Center in Jabal Amman - First Circle.
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Landscape Character Assessment in the Eastern Mediterranean
RSCN and the German Jordanian University (GJU) held a press conference in Amman to highlight the progress of MedScapes project, a joint project funded by the European Union through their ENPI-CBC MED program.
 
Wildfires Destroyed 1,800 Trees in Dibeen Forest Reserve
Dibeen Forest Reserve is witnessing more wildfires this season, with over 1,500 trees destroyed since the start of spring. Since spring, a total of 1,800 forest trees on 140 dunums in the reserve were destroyed in only four wildfires.

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Regional Environmental News
100,000 African Elephants Killed in Three Years

New research has revealed that an estimated 100,000 elephants in Africa were killed for their ivory between 2010 and 2012.


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World Environmental News
Bacteria Turns Newspaper into Fuel

Recently Tulane University’s scientists have found a new use of newspaper, it can be converted to biofuel. Scientists have found that a bacterial strain, which is named as TU-103, it can actually turn morning newspapers into butanol to power cars.    Read more >>>>

Caribbean Coral Reefs Could Vanish in 20 Years
Many of the Caribbean's coral reefs could vanish in the next 20 years, according to a new report which found that healthy coral reefs have declined by about 50 per cent in the past four decades.


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BioBits

The Royal Society for Conservation of Nature (RSCN) is implementing a field study about the effects of tourism on vegetation cover in Dibeen Forest Reserve. This particular project is just one element of an overall study entitled “Effect of Tourism on Biodiversity Components of Dibeen Forest Reserve”.
The current study aims to update plant species checklists in tourist areas, identify threats to important plant species in the reserve and assess the effectiveness of management as a tool for conserving at-risk plant species. Research teams used Line Transects and Sample Plot methods to cover the study area and record data such as physical characteristics of the area (altitude and site coordinates), species, numbers and phenology (i.e. vegetation, flowering, fruiting). The research team will conclude this study with a comparative report assessing the effects of tourism on biodiversity (flora in particular) in Dibeen Reserve since its establishment in 2004.  The results of this study will form the basis for an assessment of management’s effectiveness in conserving the biodiversity of the area.
Picture of the Month
Common Name: Wing Moringa
Scientific Name: Moringa peregrine
 
The Wing Moringa tree is an endangered species at the national level due its confinement to the southwestern part of the Jordan Valley area in Wadi Araba. Furthermore, the multi-purpose nature of the plant and its parts has led to a sharp decline in this species’ population. The tree grows only in tropical climates and is one of the fastest growing species of tree able to withstand harsh drought conditions.
The Moringa tree is sometimes referred to as the “tree of the poor” due to its nutritional benefits, the full extent of which scientists are still working to discover. This tree can be used to treat drinking water and sewage, as a food supplement for malnutrition diseases, or for a number of other proven medical uses. Man is not the sole beneficiary of this tree, which has honeybee-attracting flowers and serves as a forage species for many species of mammals and fish.



 
Did you know!

Different extractions from Wing Moringa help to treat anemia and blood diseases, heart, brain and nerve ailments, cancer and diabetes. They can also help prevent loss of sight due to Vitamin A deficiencies. A number of doctors have coming together to affirm the true value of this tree in the treatment of inflammatory diseases of the bladder and prostate, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Yellow Fever and Rheumatism. Wing Moringa tree products are used in Indian folk medicine to treat approximately 300 diseases.
Environmental Tips
 
Heat can be better distributed in rooms if there is no furniture in front of radiators.











 
One of the RSCN Sponsorship Menu projects that you can support:

Bird Ringing at the Azraq Wetland Reserve (6,000 JOD)
 
Special rings are used for the bird ringing process. They come in different sizes to accommodate the various existing bird groups, differing based on the diameter of a bird’s tarsus. The tiny metal rings are marked with codes and serial numbers for identification and with the national address for the ringing scheme. Bird Ringing is one of the indicative conservation tools that contribute to the evaluation of the ecosystem status and the understating of birds’ migration globally.
The RSCN started a Bird Ringing Program in the Azraq Wetland Reserve several years ago, however, this program requires major development to reach international standards. This will include buying new rings and equipment and the use of specialized experts.


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September 2014
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