Launch of the integrated investment framework for sustainable land management reportJun 29, 2015
A launching ceremony of the "Integrated Investment Framework for Sustainable Land Management" Report was held in the presence of the Minister of Environment, Dr. Taher Shakhshir on 29 June. The report was developed in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and the United Nations Development Programme and aims to review the situation in Jordan with regards to desertification, by reviewing national plans and sectoral policies in order to pave the way towards sustainable land management. The ceremony was attended by Dr. Zena Ali Ahmed UNDP Country Director , as well as representatives from the public and private sectors.
Throughout the ceremony, the Minister pointed out that Jordan was one of the first countries that signed the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, which lays the basis of land management leading to sustainable maintenance of the ecological balance.
He pointed out that the sustainable management of the drylands is the main challenge that Jordan and its population are facing today, taking into account the fact that Jordan is one of the countries that are most affected by desertification. A program is being implemented now in order to develop future programs dealing with more specific issues related to desertification and that are a result of the management and preservation and guidance practices. Sustainable management of a country’s land resources and combatting desertification requires complete interventions in different sectors, with a need for the participation of the local communities.
Dr. Zena Ali Ahmed, indicated that the issue of desertification and the need for sustainable awareness programs are of particular importance. Changes and positive societal transformation are crucial, as desertification is one of the big problems facing the desert regions and the semi-arid areas, due to limited vegetation, drained grazing and over-depletion of groundwater. Among the effects of such are desertification, loss of biodiversity and a slowdown in production volumes, due to agricultural and environmental problems.
She underlined that the program and its support activities in Jordan are aimed at reducing the effects of this dangerous phenomenon, currently working within the framework of a project on "the integration of biodiversity in the development of the tourism sector in Jordan". As part of this project, a land use plan for the area surrounding the Natural Rum Reserve, as well as a plan on the use of private land in Petra.