Developing Environmental-friendly Natural Products
Developing Environmental-friendly Natural Products
In Wadi Rum area, known for its unique natural, aesthetic and demographic characteristics, the GEF SGP is supporting a cluster of projects aiming at building the capacities of local CBOs, supporting models for alternative livelihood strategies, introducing new technologies that would contribute to the conservation of the special ecosystem of the area, and enhancing the impacts of previous GEF SGP supported interventions there. This project aims to promote alternative livelihood activities that would decrease pressure on the fragile and unique ecosystem of Wadi Rum Protected Area and help in the conservation efforts there. This will be achieved by supporting quality production, promoting and marketing of environmental-friendly products that respond to local and international market demands, and that are linked to tourism in Wadi Rum, in a bid to support the local female economy and family production.
The project will undertake the following:
1.Develop natural olive oil soap production, as an environmental-friendly product.
2.Develop a marketing and promotion programme for the natural soaps and other handmade products produced by the Cooperative.
3.Build the capacities of the Cooperative in the areas of management, marketing and competition.
4.Develop an integrated local strategy with other projects managed by other cooperatives in Wadi Rum to learn from similar promotional and marketing activities.
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Project Snapshot

Burda Women Cooperative
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 45,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 13,500.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 16,000.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
Awareness activities related to project activities will promote community's and visitors' awareness of the importance of controlling land degradation. For visitors, their purchase of project products will mean their contribution to the alternative livelihoods of local community members, helping them to alleviate the pressure on the land resources.
Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples
The community in the project area are indigenous beduins who are the closest community to "indigenous people" in Jordan.
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Grantee Contact

Mr System Administrator


Rum Village, Aqaba Governorate

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