RSCN implements green infrastructure projects at Burqu Nature Reserve

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AMMAN — The Royal Society for Conservation of Nature (RSCN) started implementing improvement project activities for green infrastructure in Burqu Nature Reserve. اضافة اعلان

The improvement project activities included the execution of the initial stages of the project to mark the main entrance to the reserve and establish a network of touristic pathways in the reserve and the vicinity of the Burqu Inn, according to a press statement.

The project is being implemented through intensive employment procedures and in partnership with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Jordanian Ministry of Environment. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and GIZ 2017–2022.

The project aims to improve green infrastructure and create job opportunities for Jordanians and Syrians alike, especially since the reserve’s surrounding area is considered to be an impoverished area of the Kingdom.

President of the Burqu program Mahmmoud Bdour said that this project engages the labor force through a range of interventions at different stages and that it will also work in partnership with the Ruwaishd municipality as well as local women’s associations to implement another set of interventions in the coming period.

According to Bdour, the interventions aim to improve green infrastructure of the main sidewalks within the town and improve some public facilities and kindergartens, alongside several small projects within women’s associations in Ruwaishd.

President of the project at RSCN, Hussam Awedat, said that the project provides temporary employment opportunities (80 working days) for Jordanian and Syrian men and women. The opportunities include improving the environment and infrastructure in the reserves and surrounding villages through urban gardening, establishing hiking areas, and rehabilitating public parks and touristic pathways in the reserve.

Bilal Qteshat, head of the Nature Conservation Department of the Ministry of Environment, added that such projects promote and sustain critical areas of biodiversity and nature reserves and strengthen partnerships with the local community.

Since the beginning of the project in 2018, around 2,064 workers have been employed, 50 percent of which are Jordanians and 50 percent of which are Syrians, including 20 percent who are women. The project activities were carried out in all nature reserves in Jordan and in the surrounding villages.

Awedat said that the project will continue this year and will provide more than 480 job opportunities in its targeted areas, including Yarmouk Nature Reserve, Ajloun Forest Reserve, Fifa Nature Reserve, Azraq Wetland Reserve, and Burqu Nature Reserve.

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