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Arab Bank Supports Nature Protection Programs
RSCN Chairman, Khaled Irani, expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the Arab bank's support of nature protection programs. He also emphasized the significance of partnership in the field of social responsibility with the Arab Bank to support nature protection programs.
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Releasing flamingos birds in Ayla Oasis project in Aqaba
As part of Ayla Oasis project,
the Aqaba Bird Observatory team released flamingos in the surrounding environment and habitats in order to care for them to regain their activities after they were found near the Dana Biosphere Reserve in bad healthy condition.    
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Women Empowerment Through Socio-Economic Development
RSCN has organized a Tailor workshop in Al Jazzazeh area and a Dairy workshop in Al Mastaba area as part of the project’s activities for women empowerment in Fifa and Dibeen.


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RSCN natural reserves to go green
RSCN is currently implementing a plan to introduce renewable energy in all nature reserves across the country. The plan seeks to secure electricity generation in the reserves via clean, sustainable and environment-friendly energy sources, such as wind and solar powers.
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Regional Environmental News
500 scimitar-horned oryx to be introduced to Chad game reserve
About 500 scimitar-horned oryx, extinct in the wild, will be gradually introduced back to their habitat in Chad through the efforts of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) in collaboration with the government of Chad.

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World Environmental News
Are there any pollution-free places left on Earth?
Humans appear to have done a thorough job of contaminating the Earth’s rivers, oceans and atmosphere. Is there anywhere pristine left on the planet?



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BioBits
 
Dibeen Forest Reserve represent one of the most unique examples of natural Aleppo pine forests mixed with evergreen oaks in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Dibeen forest represents high global and national importance at forestsand biodiversity levels. Such importance comes frombeing at the eastern frontier of the natural Aleppo pine forests in the northern part of the globe, and containing more than 17 endangered animal and plant species at the international and local levels according to international canonical lists of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Dibeen Forest Reserve is of multi-purposes, but hiking is the most effective factor on the reserve aesthetic, distribution of animals and birds inside and around the reserve, and on reproduction of these species. Among the main problems is the deforestation, grazing, and humus collection to be used as organic substance in plants farming in nurseries, which cause roots baring and increase the soil exposure to the washout by rain and wind, which in turn lead to the uprooting of trees and increase loss in plants. Debbin Forests Reserve also suffers from the annual fire incidents, which greatly affect the forest ecosystem and lead to destruction of their habitats and thus influence animal and plant species.
Given the sensitivity of fires and the importance of fighting fires as soon as possible due to the national importance of the reserve, the fires positive or negative impact on the habitats, the natural pattern, the biological components, and the need to gather the information necessary to understand the fire and its impact on forests,  a plan was developed to fight firesin Dibeen Forest with the aim to prevent and fight fires, and  reduce losses resulting from fires in the shortest time possible within the available resources in the reserve to, eventually, ensure the sustainability of the reserve.
Picture of the Month

Common Name: Persian Squirrel 
Scientific Name: Sciurus anomalus
The Persian Squirrel, Sciurus anomalus, is the only representative of the family Sciuridae in the Middle East. The forested mountains of Jarash and Ajlun are the southernmost range of its distribution. This species is distributed in coniferous and temperate mixed forests through Greece Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and SyriaThree strains of the Persian Squirrel were recognized; Sciurus anomalus anomalus in southern former Soviet Union, anomalus pallescens in northern Iraq, and anomalus syriacus in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine. This is based on the coloration of Squirrel body; where anomalus syriacus has dark dorsal pelage and its tail and feet are generally dark in color.
 
Did you know!

Did you know that the wolf smells human blood miles away in the desert? So if a person was injured and bled in the desert, he then becomes targeted by wolves and cannot easily get rid of them.
Environmental Tips
 
Set the temperature on the hot water heater to 60 degrees.
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Updating Information in the Azraq Reserve Visitors Center (6,000 JOD)

In 2000, the RSCN opened the information hall in the Azraq Visitors Center to serve as a refernce to teach visitors about the various cultural, societal and environmental landmarks in the Azraq region.  In addition to displaying information about the history of the Azraq region and the various indigenous groups of animals, the room also informs visitors about the problem of locals pumping and draining water from the oasis basin.  The hall also introduces visitors to the environmental rehabilitation project and the restoration of the basin that is home to the only type of vertebral fish in the oasis: the Sarhani fish.
The RSCN seeks to renovate the information hall and update the information therein because the room has not been changed since its establishment.


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