Marine biodiversity conservation in Aqaba


Coral nursery established opposite to the visitor center at the marine park, May 24,2012
Coral nursery established opposite to the visitor center at the marine park, May 24,2012

The project aims at mainstreaming biodiversity conservation in order to promote more effective and integrated management of the coastal zone in the Aqaba Special Economic Zone (ASEZA).

The four main components of the projects are:

  • Development and improvement of knowledge-management systems for coastal and marine biodiversity,
  • Promotion of biodiversity friendly investment and development,
  • Improving institutional capacity for integrated coastal zone management
  • Biodiversity conservation and coral reef protection.

What have we accomplished so far

Coral translocated and transplanted/fixed using marine cement at Al Mamlah/ marine park
  • Completion of the translocation of coral communities from the new location of the main port to the Marine Park
  • Developed the Capacity Development Plan for the institutions engaged in ICZM
  • Developed the "publicity strategy" that addressed the protection and sustaining marine and coastal environment in Aqaba
  • Conserved more than 7000 coral reef colonies by translocation into protected areas within the marine park
  • Raised awareness among the different concerned groups in Aqaba on the importance and uniqueness of the marine/coastal environment through a wide range of activities
  • Developed an Ecotourism plan for Aqaba to assist taking pressure off the coastline
  • Built the capacity of more than 200 staff in the field of Integrated Coastal Zone Management.

Who Finances it?

Donor name Amount contributed per year
UNDP $ 50,000
GEF $ 950,000

Delivery in previous fiscal year

$ 185,000
Project Overview
Project start date:
June 2011
Estimated end date:
May 2015
Geographic coverage:
Focus Area:
Marine and Coastal Environment
Responsible Party:
Implementing Partner:
Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority
Project Budget:
USD 1,000,000
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The first evaluation mission of the trasnlocated coral confirmed a survival of more than 70 % of the corals.