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Tourism Acts as a Positive Force for the Environment in MENA 
Chalet: Mujib Biosphere Reserve
Guests are not demanding, but expecting to be in a hotel that is not mined full of environmental issues. 
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On first sight, the sand-colored chalets, part of the Mujib Biosphere Reserve, looked just as bleak as the rest of the desert, however, after some time the place really started to grow on us. 
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Local Environmental NEWS
Jordan Ranked No. 40 on Numbeo’s 2016 Pollution Index
Numbeo is the world’s largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide. Numbeo provides current and timely information on world living conditions including pollution, cost of living, health care, and traffic. Read more >>>>
Regional Environmental NEWS
Qatar’s Fight Against Climate Change
Qatar's environmental records have always been in the news, of course for the negative ones, but it has always strived to work towards reduction of GHGs emissions
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World Environmental NEWS
The Amount of Plastic in the Ocean Could Outweigh Fish by 2050
Water bottles, packing peanuts, and other types of plastic could outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050 if humans keep polluting the seas at current rates, according to a new Ellen MacArthur Foundation and World Economic Forum report.
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Photo of the Month
Success Indicators in Houbara Conservation Project in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Through Houbara conservation project in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a total of 800 Houbara birds were released in Jordan between 2014 and 2016. In 2016, a total of 20 birds were equipped with a satellite tracking device (ten in Wadi Rum, and ten in the Eastern Desert). For the first time since its release, one male manages to travel north all the way to southern Russia / Northern Kazakhstan. The migration trip started in late March until early May of 2016.
Palestine Sunbird (Nectarinia osea)
A resident species in Rift Valley and Rift Margins highlands, in Aqaba, Petra, Dana, Dead Sea, Jordan River, Zarqa River, Amman, Jarash, Ajloun, Yarmouk, and Azraq. This Sunbird is found within a wider range of habitats from lowlands near sea-level with gardens, orchards, bushy, river banks, and rocky valley to mountain summits clothed in juniper.
It is small but fat-bodied passerine, with a long decurved bill, rather broadened wings, striated tail, and rather long legs, adapted to nectar-feeding and frequently hovering to do so. The breeding adult male looks all-black at a distance, but shows multi-colored iridescence and red and yellow breast tufts at close range. The non-breeding male, female, and juvenile are olive-grey colored above and dusky white below.
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Environmental Tip
Jordan is located along this major bird migration corridor. Birds migrating from Europe pass through Jordan in migrating seasons, spring and autumn. Being a significantly rich country when it comes to birds, Jordan has recorded 435 different bird species. More than 340 of these species are migrant species that pass through the country on their migration between Europe and Africa and vice versa. There is a spectacular spring migration of raptors through Jordan, heading for breeding grounds in Europe, and possibly involving more than 1,000,000 birds, including significant proportions of the world populations of Steppe Buzzard (Buteo buteo vulpinus), Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus), Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) and Levant Sparrowhawk (Accipiter brevipes). In autumn, thousands of Steppe Eagle converge at the head of the Gulf of Aqaba on their southward migration from Europe to Africa, and hundreds of Montagu's Harrier (Circus pygargus) and Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) are attracted at the few isolated water bodies whilst crossing the eastern desert plateau. Also, spectacular numbers of certain passerine migrants such as Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca) and Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) can be regularly seen in spring.
Do not throw away water you can use to water plants as below:

•    Use a bowl when rinsing fruit or vegetables, and re-use the water in your garden.
•    Put a bucket under a dripping air conditioning unit and use
what you collect to water plants.
Evaluate the Status of Hunting Species in Jordan
Since its start in the 1970s, the RSCN has been active in defining the species designated on local hunting lists. However, for a long time these hunting lists have remained unchanged with no updates, despite the declining number of species and disappearance of others. Accordingly, and taking into consideration the RSCN’s staff observations in the field and groups of hunters who have been in communication with the RSCN, a field study then became a must to re-evaluate all listed species in various regions of the Kingdom. Recommendations will be made to sustain the practice of hunting by proposing species that are not under threat and which may not be currently listed, remapping the hunting areas according to the distribution and intensity of species, or making suggestions for breeding of some hunter targeted species.
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