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The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) - Longtime Partnerorganisation in Jordan

The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) - Longtime Partnerorganisation in Jordan; HSS


The activities with our partners in Jordan and in the region are taking place on the basis of a long-term cooperation. Partners are non-governmental organizations as well as ministries aiming to strengthen a closer cooperation between the civil society and national and local authorities.

In Jordan we work with:

The Arab World Center for Democratic Development & Human Rights (UniHRD) is a Jordanian registered non-profit, non-governmental and scientific organization, established by a number of activists in the field of Democracy and Human Rights in Jordan and around the Arab World.

UniHRD works in political neutrality to offer studies, research and training in Jordan and the Region. Its goals are to strengthen democratic values, monitor basic information in the field of Human rights alongside contributing to the introduction of change in civil society and in patterns of social and democratic upbringing.

UniHrd is committed to all the criteria stated in the provisions of international and regional conventions and declarations on Human Rights issued by the UN or regional Arab organizations and it promotes international cooperation. UniHRD seeks to achieve its goals through educational, intellectual and cultural activities, which include theoretical and applied research and studies, the convening of conferences, seminars, workshops and study sessions, consultations, technical and scientific services, training courses and publishing bulletins, publications, reports and a specialized Human Rights periodical.

Actual activities from Hanns Seidel Stiftung in cooperation with UniHRD:

In cooperation with the "Arab World Center for Democratic Development - UniHRD" the Hanns Seidel Stiftung conducts a project titled "Active citizenship through Education - Promotion of social and political thinking and acting of young people to enhance political participation".

The project focus is to support youth to participate in politics by raising their awareness on available laws and possibilities for public participation, build their capacity to start their own initiatives by equipping them with innovative tools/techniques and knowledge about political concepts, terminologies and decision-making-processes, to build networks with decision makers and engage participants with discussions on proposed legislations.

Future Pioneers for Empowering Communities - FPEC is a non-profit making organization based in Amman, Jordan. FPEC is specialized in empowering communities’ members to overcome poverty through building their capacities, raising their public awareness, and promoting small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the educational, environmental, health and social fields with a special focus on women, youth and marginalized groups.

For further information please visit the website of FPEC

Activities from Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung in cooperation with FPEC

The actual project is directed directly towards members of the host community of Mafraq and Syrian refugees with a particular focus on women and youth. Women are targeted in coordination with an active women NGO at Mafraq, where youth is targeted in cooperation with one of Mafraq’ schools where there is significant number of Syrian students.

The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) is an independent non-profit non-governmental organization which is dedicated to the conservation of Jordan's natural resources. Established in 1966 under the patronage of His Majesty the late King Hussein, RSCN has been given the responsibility by the government of Jordan to protect the kingdom’s natural heritage. As such, it is one of the few voluntary organizations in the Middle East to be granted this kind of public service mandate. As a result of its pioneering conservation work, RSCN has achieved international recognition.

The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature aims to conserve the biodiversity of Jordan. Most of the conservation programs are linked with socio-economic development activities. Promoting wider public support and action for the protection of the natural environment within Jordan and neighboring countries is another objective.

RSCN accomplishes its role in managing Jordan’s natural resources by:

  • Setting up and managing protected areas to safeguard Jordan’s natural environment and biodiversity
  • Running captive breeding programs to save endangered species from extinction
  • Conducting research to provide a scientific base to aid conservation efforts
  • Enforcing governmental laws to protect wildlife and control illegal hunting
  • Raising awareness on environmental issues, with a focus on school students through establishing nature conservation clubs, providing educational programs in the reserves, and integrating biodiversity concepts in school curricula
  • Ensuring the socio-economic development of rural communities by creating job opportunities through eco-tourism, craft production, and other nature-based businesses
  • Providing training and capacity building programs for environmental practitioners and other institutions throughout Jordan and the Middle East
  • Encouraging public participation in RSCN nature activities through membership packages
  • Promoting public action for environmental protection through campaigns and activities run by an advocacy committee comprised of volunteers from different sectors

For further information please visit the website of RSCN at:

Activities from Hanns Seidel Stiftung in cooperation with the Regional Training Unit of RSCN:

The previous project focused on the implementation of to the MENA region aligned workshops for employees of governmental and non-governmental environmental organizations on different environmental topics such as "Research Methodology" or "Project Management- Management of Nature Reserves" with the aim to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the employees and to a better task performance of the respective organizations and institutions.

Since mid of 2012 the focus of the cooperation is on the development of two full-fledged curricula 'Biodiversity conservation' and 'Nature-based socio economic development' for the new Nature-Academy in Ajloun. The curricula will be developed in cooperation with the Alfred-Toepfer-Academy for Nature Conservation in Lower Saxony.

In Lebanon we work with:

The Association for Forest Development and Conservation (AFDC), a non-profit and non-governmental organization which origins are located in Ramlieh in the Kaza of Aley, 40 kilometers east of Beirut in the mountains, was established in 1993 to achieve sustainable conservation of nature resources, to raise awareness and to build capacities to contribute to the national efforts for a better environmental management. Fundamental to AFDC’s mission is the pursuit of community-based conservation for the sustainable livelihoods of people. This comes from the idea that conservation will fail if local communities do not benefit from it.

AFDC's objectives include:

  • Developing local communities while maintaining conservation and the sustainable management of forests and natural resources.

  • Capacity building and public awareness in fields and issues related to the environment and sustainable development.

  • Conducting and disseminating studies and research related to different environmental and sustainable development issues.

  • Lobbying for changes in environmental and sustainable development policies.

  • Encouraging youth involvement and participation in development practices including working towards the establishment of youth centers and hostels.

For further information please visit the website of AFDC at:

Actual activities from Hanns Seidel Stiftung in cooperation with AFDC:

The focus of the common project is the development and implementation of both the 'National Policy for Environment Education in Lebanon' and 'Environment Education Curricula for the 1st and 2nd cycle' in cooperation with the 'Association for Forests, Development and Conservation - AFDC' and the ‘Center of Research and Development – CERD’. This project has a significant role to play regarding the environmental education in Lebanon, since it was adopted by the ministries of education and environment. AFDC and CERD members supervise and evaluate the environmental education policy and the EE curriculum implementation during trainings and schools visits and follow up. Plans and training sessions as well as the schools, trainers and teacher’s comments and recommendations take into account to properly develop the needed material.

The 'Centre International des Sciences de l'Homme - CISH' aims to study the contemporary human in his relation with nature and society, in addition to a series of questions related to development, dialogue and the culture of peace in the world. And for that, the Center applies a group of specializations and means that fall under the overall title of Humanities and Social Sciences, particularly, sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, political science, economy, international law, religion sciences and human rights.

The Center devotes considerable efforts to clarify:

  • the issues raised by Education, Sciences and Technology
  • the relation of human being to the environment
  • the coexistence among people coming from different cultures, languages and social systems
  • the meeting of ancient and modern civilizations
  • peaceful relations among nations
  • peace and security maintaining and promoting, in order to insure the harmonious spiritual and material development among human groups, and to achieve social integration, as well as promote the values of tolerance and justice

Activities of Hanns-Seidel-Stiftiung in cooperation with CISH:

Despite the commonalities in Lebanese society, religious affiliation is the dominant social, economic, and political reality. Religious identity is not only an essential and deeply ingrained aspect of the Lebanese society but also a defining feature of the Lebanese political system.

By implementing a series of dialogue workshops all over Lebanon, the Ministry of Culture, the "Centre International des Sciences de l'Homme - CISH" in Byblos and Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung are interested to preserve the spirit of dialogue and tolerance, despite the existing sharp differences.

Participants from different sectors, public and private, parliamentarians, representatives of cities and municipalities, professors from various universities and members from different religious denominations in Lebanon will be addressed by these workshops. Through cooperation with experts in the field of confidence building and conflict resolution, the initiative will contribute to better communication and coexistence in Lebanon.

For more information on the Ministry of Environment:

Further information on the Ministry of Social Affairs:

The Women's Association of Deir El Ahmar (WADA), is a Lebanese non-profit non-governmental organization established in 1994. The mission is to promote women's role in rural development and welfare of society in the region around Deir El Ahmar, which is located 100 kilometers northeast of Beirut and 12 kilometers northeast of Baalbek, in the northern part of the Bekaa Valley. WADA was founded by active volunteer women from Deir El Ahmar, among them Mrs. Dunia Baroud El Khoury, the current president of WADA, Mrs. Yvonne El Khoury Lichaa and Mrs. René Chouah Mhanna.

The Strategies

I. Help and support rural women who are the principal target groups through:

  • Empowering them to help her families and to increase their income
  • Improving their education and so their social level in the society
  • Making them aware of their important role in decision making 

II. The empowerment of rural women shall be reached through:

  • Training sessions for preparing rural products such as handicrafts and agro-food products
  • Establishment of cooperatives which have a better access to micro credits
  • Looking for new markets through exhibitions and contacts and e-commerce

III. Elaborate programs to protect the environment and the health through:

  • Awareness campaigns
  • Creating green areas and botanical garde
  • Activities to promote any kind of solid waste treatment
  • Promote forms of organic farming
  • Supporting farmers ( e.g. Safflower oil extraction )

IV.   Promote Eco-tourism through:

  • Studies to improve the knowledge about the great variety of touristic places in the area
  • Training sessions for local citizens to serve the tourism sector, to preserve their cultural heritage (folkloric dance, songs, traditions, dresses, handicrafts, traditional food etc)
  • Programs to attract visitors and tourists

Actual Hanns Seidel Stiftung in cooperation with WADA implements a project named:

'Building bridges between communities from different religion in the region of Baalbeck - Deir El Ahmar- Yammouneh"  that  aims to identify solutions for improving the inter-religious dialogue for a peaceful coexistence, cooperation and solidarity'

Because of the situation in Syria all activities there are suspended. As far as possible we invite members from previous partner organizations in Syria to participate in our activities in Jordan and Lebanon.