Panel session tackles ecotourism in Jordan

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AMMAN — A recent dialogue session discussed the importance of ecotourism for Jordan’s local economy and highlighted the top priorities for developing this branch of tourism on a national level, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

The Migratory Soaring Birds project, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented through the United Nations Development Program's BirdLife International, in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, organized the panel discussion under the title "Ecotourism in Jordan".

According to a Tourism Ministry statement on Tuesday, participants in the session discussed the importance of ecotourism, which provides additional income to contribute to protecting natural and environmentally important areas, preserving biodiversity in the region, creating jobs for local residents with nature-inspired projects, helping people understand the value of natural heritage, and changing perceptions towards preserving nature.

Jordan is characterized by natural diversity of plants and animals and has ten nature reserves that provide tourists with an exceptional opportunity to enjoy nature and help local communities, the participants noted.

The discussion touched on priorities for the development of ecotourism in Jordan, especially the concept of not disturbing the environmental balance through human intervention and avoiding the pollution or destruction of the ecosystem. Talks also covered the importance of focusing on responsible investment and cooperation among local authorities.

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