Marine biodiversity conservation in Aqaba

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.

Achievements

  • 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.

Status 

Ended

Start Date

June 2011

End Date

May 2015

Focus Area

Marine and costal environment

Donor

GEF, UNDP

Implementing Partner

Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority 

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