Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN)
RSCN is an independent non-government organization. It was established in 1966 under the patronage of His Majesty the late King Hussein, and given the responsibility by the Jordanian Government to protect the Kingdom’s natural heritage. As a result of its pioneering integration of conservation programs with socio-economic development, RSCN has achieved international recognition. RSCN has 7 PAs, covering over 1000 square kilometers.
“RSCN will create, manage and advocate for a national network of protected areas to conserve Jordan’s biodiversity and support local community development, while promoting wider public support and action for the protection of the natural environment within Jordan and neighboring countries.” The RSCN accomplishes its roles and objectives in managing Jordan’s natural resources and protecting the country’s biodiversity by:
- Establishing and managing protected areas to safeguard Jordan’s most important habitats and ecosystems.
- Running captive breeding programs to save endangered species from extinction.
- Conducting research to provide a scientific basis for conservation programs.
- Enforcing governmental laws to protect wildlife and control illegal hunting.
- Raising awareness on environmental issues, with a focus on school students by creating nature conservation clubs, providing educational programs in the reserves, and integrating biodiversity concepts in school curricula.
- Supporting the socio-economic development of rural communities by creating job opportunities through ecotourism, craft production, and other nature-based businesses.
- Providing training and capacity building for environmental practitioners and other institutions throughout Jordan and the Middle East.
- Encouraging public participation in RSCN’s nature activities through membership, events, and activities.
- Promoting public action for environmental protection through advocacy campaigns and activities.
The policies and practices of the RSCN are shaped and guided by an elected Board of Directors, made up of 11 members. Responsibility for day-to-day work is delegated to a team of over 350 staff and is headed by the Director General. Quotidian work falls under four main functional divisions: Conservation, Outreach, Administration & Finance, and Wild Jordan. RSCN Ecotourism Program:
It includes ecotourism activities such as hiking trails, camping, bird watching, biking trails, eco lodging, and star gazing as well as unique experiences through handicrafts, local food, houses, culture, and traditional medicinal plants. In addition, you can enjoy tours such as the special conservation oriented tours and research and study tours.