UNDP to Support Preservation Efforts in Petra

Apr 3, 2016

UNDP in cooperation with Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) has launched a number of activities and initiatives on saturday in Petra, teh red rose city.

These initiatives are part of the Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation in Tourism Sector Development in Jordan (BITS) project.

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.

UNDP, through this initiative, has installed guiding signs at the archaeological sites,visitor centres. UNDP has also distributed 500 vests for the service providers  & rngers to make it easier for tourists to spot them for any help needed.

Also, and for the first time in Jordan, UNDP has provided 4 sustainable environmental tiolets to Petra; which are eco friendly, odour free, water free, sewage free, energy free with bacterial treatment.

The scheme is implemented by the UNDP and is financed by the Global Environment Facility, which contributed $3.5 million. 

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