Azraq Wetland Reserve

Azraq Oasis Restoration and Socioeconomic Development

The Azraq Wetland Reserve, established in 1978 is home to a wonderful Oasis, which has been a major station for migratory birds on the African-Eurasian flyway. However, due to water pumping, the water body that used to be a thriving ecological hotspot dwindled alarmingly to cover 0.04 % of the area it used to cover. Through exemplary management, the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) management to rehabilitate the oasis to 10% of what it used to be, while creating economical and educational opportunities for local communities.

Keywords: Stakeholder involvement, Nature conservation, GHG emissions and climate change mitigation, Promoting local tourism employment Ecotourism protected area, creating benefits for residents, creating job opportunities, alternative livelihoods, rehabilitating nature, environmental education, attracting visitors

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