Promoting Eco-tourism and Sustainable Socio-Economic Development/ Al Ma’wa
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Promoting Eco-tourism and Sustainable Socio-Economic Development/ Al Ma’wa
The project aimed to support the objectives and operation of Al Ma'wa Reserve which is a newly established Nature and Wildlife Reserve that provides a sustainable solution for rescued and/or abused wildlife at the national and regional level, building a higher level of understanding through education and awareness of the importance and value for the conservation of such species, developing socio economic enterprises, attaining effective involvement of local communities and relevant stakeholders in related conservation programs and developing specialized training programs for veterinary students and wild life researchers.
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Project Snapshot

Princess Alia Foundation
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 45,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 17,400.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
The community awareness and community engagement were promoted through well-developed and implemented outreach programs at Al Ma’wa Reserve. • An education program was provided for schools, youth groups and universities. It has helped sensitize the public to the roles and responsibilities they have towards the animals and environment around us. For effective communication and outreach, Al-Mawa Reserve environmental rangers were trained in order to act as a focal point and resource base for the people. These rangers also have went through an awareness sessions to build their capacity of surrounding local communities (Souf, Sakeb) and relevant stakeholders to influence and play a role in conservation of these species and appropriate use of natural resources. This has supported and promoted the establishment of competent local activists with appropriate conservation and sustainable natural resources objectives. PAF recruited experts to handle this training in Al-Mawa Reserve training center. • The project worked on designing and installing Interpretation signs in different locations inside Al-Mawa Reserve which is an important component of the visitors’ facilities in order to educate the visitors on the correct natural habitat and care of each of the species at the Reserve. • Special focus was given to schools’ students of grades (1-6). The trained environmental rangers have contributed in developing children-tailored tours in Al Ma’wa Reserve to match interactive learning and interpretation with the visit of the reserve. • The project has designed, created and distributed educational packs to support the children tours before, during and after their visit. The educational packs, designed for primary school pupils (grades 1-6), have included useful educational materials and interactive activities. The educational materials included information about the biodiversity of Al Ma’wa Reserve location, the surrounding communities, Jordan in general, the concept of eco-lodge, and the importance of changing their negative practices and perceptions toward wildlife species and increased the level of their understanding for biodiversity values of these species. • Moreover, they were educated on the importance of integrated water resources management concept which is explicated in the water harvesting pool constructed inside Al Ma’wa Reserve (funded by UNDP) that is fed directly from rainwater. This harvesting pool is securing needed water for the Reserve itself. It creates a wetland area necessary for animals and migratory birds and it creates a public educational and recreational area around the pool. • The interactive activities were created for use of Al-Mawa Reserve, to guide them to the different wild animals’ enclosures and facilitate access to particular habitats including the water harvesting pool. • Open the door for recruiting volunteers from the surrounding communities in order to support the rangers in organizing the different outreach and awareness programs.
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
The eco-tourisim in Al-Mawa reserve was promoted through a well-developed and implemented socio-economic programs and ecotourism development plans in and around Al Ma’wa Reserve. • Al-Mawa Reserve in partnership with Future Pioneers have managed so far to create, equip and operate the first community initiatives in the villages of Souf and Sakeb. These initiatives have employed at least (10) local women and they include an Eco-Restaurant and productive kitchen in Souf (Bait Khayrat Souf), sewing workshop and dry clean shop for donated clothes in Sakeb. This project is planning to build upon these initiatives to ensure more community engagement and sustainable results as follow: • Build upon the successful experience of Bait Khayrat Souf and ensure sustainability of results through providing them with needed equipment to expand their market. • Support the sewing workshop in Sakeb with needed equipment, raw materials and training programs in order to improve their sewing and embroidering capacities. Training aims to combine the traditional embroidery with modern fashion design to create t-shirt, blouses and other pieces holding Al-Ma’wa Branding and other designed drawings sewed according to traditional textile techniques. These pieces will be exhibited and marketed inside the nature shop inside the reserve. • Benefit from the existing cycling initiative in Bait Khayart Souf in order to design and organize Eco-Tours together with the local CBOs in Sakeb, Souf, Raymoun. The Eco-Tour, which will target Al Ma’wa Reserve as the final destination, will include several stops in the CBOs of the surrounding villages where tourists can visit and taste the local food produced in the Bait khayrat souf, or discover handicraft products in Sakeb • Organize and deliver training programs on Eco-Tours and Guiding Techniques to young women and men (4-5 per each village) selected through local CBOs. The training will improve their general knowledge of the local area, of the eco-sustainable tourism practices and of the wild animals hosted in Al Ma’wa wildlife Reserve.
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Grantee Contact

Mr. Mahdi Qatrameez
Phone: +962-0799998889


Amman ,


SGP Country office contact

Mr. Anas Abdel Raouf Khasawneh
00962/6/5100420 Ext: 246


UNDP Jordan/ shmeisani, Ishaq Al Edwan street/ P.O.Box 941631
Amman, Arab States, 11183