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Clean Up the World Campaign 2014 - Dibeen Forest Reserve
The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), in cooperation with Hikma Pharmaceuticals has organized Clean Up the World Campaign 2014 for the sixth year in Dibeen Forest Reserve.
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Feynan as Finalist in National Geographic World Legacy Award
National Geographic has announced the finalists in its inaugural World Legacy Awards and has recognized Feynan Ecolodge, Jordan as a finalist in the ‘Engaging Communities’ category. The finalists were announced at the ITB Asia event in Singapore.
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Local Environmental News
Jordan World’s Second Water Poorest Country
Jordan now ranks as the world’s second water-poorest country, where water per capita is 88 per cent below the international water poverty line of 1,000 cubic metres annually.

Amman Joins C40 CITIES Climate Group
Amman was announced as a member of the C40 CITIES Climate Leadership Group, a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change.

World Environmental News
Lost Satellite Earth Photos from the 1960s
Images include the Aral Sea before it dried up, the most Antarctic ice on record, and possibly the first shots of Europe from space.

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Incredibly Rare 'Beaked Whale' Washes Ashore in Australia
Scientists are buzzing about an extremely rare sea creature that washed ashore recently in Australia. A 10- to 13-foot animal believed to be a "beaked whale" was discovered at Redhead Beach, 93 miles north of Sydney.

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Deciduous Oak (Quercus aegilops ithaburensis(Jordan national tree)
Woody tree 8-5m long, with thick rough stem and strong braches, and 5-8cm long grayish leaves, with wavy to shallowly lobed margins. Flowers are not showy, but quickly fallen and arranged in a well-spaced catkin. Fruits are 4-6 cm long, thick, cylindrical, with rough solid cupule.
Habitat: Grows in the low altitude forest formation; Irbid, Amman, Salt, Jarash, Ajloun, Karak and Tafila.
Flowering Period: March and April.

Uses and benefits of Deciduous Oak:
  1. Deciduous Oak are a source for the finest types of wood in terms of hardness and durability or susceptibility to formation and polishing.
  2. Food source for wildlife where it is the food for some wild animals and livestock.
  3. Tannin rich roots of Deciduous Oak are used in tanning leather.
  4. Deciduous Oak bark and fruits are used as a treatment for many medical conditions in Arab medicine.
Picture of the Month

Common Name: Common anemone 
Scientific Name: Anemone coronaria
Perennial herb, 15-25 cm long, with subterranean corm of 1-1.5 cm in diameter. Parsley-like dissected leaves of 2-3 cm. Red, violet or white flower of 4-7 cm in diameter. Dark showy stamens, surrounded by green dissected bracts.
Habitat: Mountains and heath lands; Irbid, Ajloun, Jarash, Salt, Amman, Karak and Tafila.
Flowering Period: February - April.
Did you know!
Did you know that a chameleon can turn its eyes in any direction without moving its head and can see in two directions simultaneously.
Environmental Tips
With an energy efficient shower nozzle and faucets, you can cut your water use in half.
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Renovation of  Al-Rummana Tower Area of Dana Biosphere Reserve (5,000 JOD)

The Al-Rummana 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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November 2014
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