Environmental Education and Awareness Program for the Aqaba Birds Observatory
Environmental Education and Awareness Program for the Aqaba Birds Observatory
The Aqaba Bird Observatory is the first specialized observatory for birds in Jordan, located at a habitat that has become very important for birds and their migration at the global level. Bird observatories are often used as effective tools in environmental educational and public awareness programs. School students, university students and local people can watch birds from a close distance and learn more about them and the importance of Aqaba as a habitat for birds in their global migration, thus learning more about the conservation of important biodiversity species locally and globally. This kind of information that enhances the interest in preserving bird species and their habitats will be provided by well-trained local staff in order to have more impact on the community of Aqaba and Jordan in general. Project activities will include organizing training workshops, site visits, school lectures, creating a bird watching group, with special focus on students and environmental club leaders. Visiting bird watchers will also be encouraged to visit the observatory and make use of its facilities for information and research.
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Project Snapshot

Jordan Society for Sustainable Development
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 35,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 161,201.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 10,937.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Project sustainability
Sustainability of the project will be secured through income generated by tourists and birdwatchers services fees in accordance to the site's carrying capacity and sound management. It has been realized lately that the bird watching industry is increasing in Jordan, and Aqaba is one of the most desired destination for birdwatchers and other nature demanding markets. The education strategy is one part of the ABO, thus JSSD intends to develop and extend the awareness and education strategy to approach other districts aside from Aqaba, therefore the income of the ABO will be partly directed to maintain and develop the program.
Capacity - Building Component
The NGOs capacities will be enhanced through training a local team that will be responsible for training and awareness delivery. The visitor center will enable the NGO to improve its management of the project and sustain its activities in this regard.
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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
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