Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation in Tourism Sector Development in Jordan (BITS)

Brief/ Backgroung


The aim of the project is to reduce the impact of tourism on biodiversity in Jordan and it will intervene at three levels. At the national level, it will develop a regulatory and enforcement framework to reduce the impact of tourism on biodiversity, centrally (upstream); components will be piloted at the local level, assessed and refined before being adopted nationally and made available for replication and up-scaling.

At the regional/landscape level, the project will target public awareness and sensitivity of the value of biodiversity as a tourism drawcard and institutional capacity for planning, monitoring and enforcement so as to manage the impacts of tourism development inside and outside formally protected areas.

At the Protected Area site level, the project will work to enhance capacity and management effectiveness of PAs so as to reduce impacts on protected biodiversity and benefit from nature-based tourism and ecotourism.

More specifically, the Project Objective is: Biodiversity conservation objectives are effectively mainstreamed and advanced into and through tourism sector development in Jordan.

 

Key achievements to date


  • The project inception phase is concludedProject coordination unit and field stations are set up.
  • The initiation of the legal framework for the tourism sector review is underway.
  • The initiation of the strategic environmental assessment and environmental impact assessment review is underway.
  • The land use planning program (phase one) is ready for implementation.

 

Who Finnce it



GEF                           
USD 2,700,000
UNDP          
USD    500,000
PDTRA                  
USD    200,000
ASEZA                      
USD    140,000
MOMA                   
USD      25,000
Project Overview
Status
Active
Project Start Date
January 2014
Project End Date
January 2017
Geographic Coverage
DIBBIN, PETRA and Wadi RUM
Focus Area
Biodiversity conservation , Tourism
REsponsible Party
UNDP, GEF
Project implementation Partners
Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MoTA) Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MoMA) Petra Development and Tourism Regional Authority (PDTRA) Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN)
Project Budget
3,565,000
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