Launch of the first Biodiversity Information Management System in Jordan

Oct 3, 2016

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), have launched the first Biodiversity Information Management System (BIMS) in Jordan.

This launch came as a result of the national needs  to build up the MIS- met the priority of the GEF/UNPD project entitled: “Biodiversity in Tourism Sector” founded on initial ecological surveys to inform Land Use Plans, serve as a platform for decision-making, and as a source of up-to-date knowledge on biodiversity”. In addition, the new BIMS system will help in identifying trends and ensure that any changes in biodiversity-important areas remain within acceptable limits; to include remedial measures that will be triggered by the monitoring”.

The scope of work of this project is to develop and maintain a national system for biodiversity information and a monitoring system, to be led and maintained in the future by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) in close collaboration with all key national stakeholders and beneficiaries.

This assignment will focus on four integrated and parallel connected components, which are: building of management information system, ecological and socio-economic baseline surveys for the selected (by the project) three sites (Dibeen, Rum, and Petra), establishing a monitoring system based on clear and well identified indicators, and finally, train the onsite personnel and relevant stakeholders to run, update, and monitor the system.

It’s worth mentioning that this activity comes under GEF/UNDP project: “Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation in Tourism Sector Development in Jordan (BITS), which aims to reduce the impact of tourism on biodiversity in Jordan and it will intervene at three levels.

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