NatureWorks: Promoting Sustainable Development in Jordan’s Eastern Badia Region
The two-year “NatureWorks” project is dedicated to promoting sustainable development in Jordan’s Eastern Badia region by conserving nature and biodiversity, improving tourism experiences and empowering local communities.
Focused on Al Shaumari and Al Dahek reserves, the project aims to fortify conservation initiatives through targeted programs and strategic partnerships. Primarily, it equips the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) with the necessary tools and resources to effectively combat climate change and ecological challenges.
In doing so, the project will also implement visitor-centric strategies, enhance infrastructure, develop new travel experiences and establish stronger connections with local service providers, with a central emphasis on promoting sustainable tourism.
Local communities, on the other hand, will benefit from capacity-building and engagement programs. They will be actively involved in reserve protection and integrating its themes into educational curricula of local schools to foster environmental awareness amongst the younger generation. Accordingly, the comprehensive approach of “NatureWorks” ensures a harmonised, long-lasting impact on biodiversity, sustainable livelihoods and growth of ecotourism in the region.
“NatureWorks” aspires to open doors to a range of economic opportunities, including job creation and the establishment of sustainable agribusinesses aligned with the region’s rich natural resources. The initiative not only strengthens biodiversity protection but also positions Jordan as a premier ecotourism destination, attracting a larger number of local and international travellers.
October 2023 – July 2025
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN)
€1m – €5m