Azraq Wetland Reserve joins Green Destinations Top 100 Sustainable Sites

Azraq (flicker)
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AMMAN —The Azraq Wetland Reserve has been named one of the Top 100 Sustainable Sites in the world by the Green Destinations 2022 during The Future of Tourism Coalition conference that was recently held in the Greek capital Athens, on the occasion of World Tourism Day, Al-Ghad daily reported.اضافة اعلان

This is an international recognition of the role of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) in managing Jordan’s natural reserves and an enforcement of its local, regional and international role in protecting nature; the Ajloun Forest Reserve had also won this award.

RSCN Director-General Fadi Al-Nasser said that the nomination was the culmination of joint efforts by the society employees, its fans, supporters and partners, especially the employees at the Azraq Wetland Reserve.

Nasser congratulated all Jordanians for this achievement, and expressed hope that the society will continue to develop and win many other international awards for its leadership position in the field of nature protection at the Middle East level. He stressed that the society has become a national success story and that it is well represented in many international events.

Azraq Wetland Reserve is on one of the most important migration routes for birds. It was established in 1978 and is considered one of the most important destinations for bird watchers; it is the place where two-thirds of the bird species in Jordan were recorded, that is, 350 species of birds, in addition to the Sirhani fish, which is the only vertebrate species endemic to Jordan.

Nasser pointed out that the Top 100 Sustainable Sites initiative aims to identify tourism destinations that work hard to make a difference, take sustainability seriously, and follow best management practices.

More than 2,000 destinations are included in the organization’s database, and are recognized according to different criteria, such as tourism policy, nature protection, animal ethics, landscaping, environmental issues, reduced dependence on fossil fuels, cultural heritage, support for local communities, business environment and services, hospitality, food, drink, and lodging.

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