The Hashemite Fund for Development of Jordan Badia takes a role in the International Union for the Conversation of Nature’s World Conservation Congress

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  In September, as a member of the International Union for the Conversation of Nature  (IUCN), the Hashemite Fund for Development of Jordan Badia (HFDB) took part in the sixth IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, United States of America. The Congress is held every four years with the purpose of bringing together leaders and decision-makers from government, business, academia, civil society and indigenous populations to discuss and determine key strategies to environmental conservation. The Congress is made up of over 1,300 member organisations, and this year hosted over 10,000 attendees from over 160 countries. The Congress aims to provide a space for different members across society to collaborate their ideas and tools to improve our natural environment while also catering to human, social and economic development. The key decisions are supported by resolutions and recommendations, which are then adopted by IUCN Members – a unique global environmental parliament of governments and NGOs. Members then call upon themselves and third parties to take action on a wide range of urgent conservation issues.

 Her Highness Sharifa Zein Alsharaf bint Nasser, The Chairperson of The Board of Trustees/ The Hashemite Fund for Development of Jordan Baida was a keynote speaker at the Congress. Her Highness delivered two speeches which highlighted the challenges and strategies in tackling land degradation in the Badia and the wider Middle East region as a water-scarce area facing widespread conflict and significant shifts in demographics. H.H spoke about the benefits of land to human life, and how crucial it is to protect land as humanity’s provider of food, security, power and income. H.H called for a rights-based approach to protecting land to ensure that all groups and individuals are incorporated in the decision-making process, with sound and realistic indicators put in place to measure progress. H.H highlighted the role that the Hashemite Fund plays in the Badia area in selecting and implementing projects that encourage community-participation, environmental conservation, and the restoration of the Badia’s ecosystems combined with sustaining biodiversity, conservation, and employment in local communities.

 Her Highness second speech focused on how organisations and governments can band together to determine a comprehensive approach to restore rangelands and encourage sustainable agriculture and pastoral practices. H.H gave a brief on the Fund’s strategy and unique position in Jordan, as it has an acute understanding of the needs of the Badia’s local communities and the ability to support solutions for rangeland restoration through partnerships, policy-change, research, and training initiatives.

 Further, Her Highness stressed  the severity of the human and environmental disasters that are taking place in the West Asian region and called for the IUCN to request the UN and other international actors to conduct comprehensive assessments of the environmental impacts of conflicts in the region. The IUCN adopted this recommendation which will be passed through their process to be approved as a resolution to consider the West Asia region as one of the statutory regions with greatest conservation needs in the IUCN Programme for 2017 – 2020.

 Dr. Raed Al-Tabini, General Director of the Hashemite Fund, took part in the Members’ Assembly of the Congress, which serves as an environmental parliament to debate and establish environmental policy. It calls on members to vote for the IUCN Programme and to elect the IUCN Council and President, which Dr. Raed took part in on behalf of the Hashemite Fund. The Congress put new issues on the global sustainability agenda, including the importance of linking spirituality, religion, culture and conservation with nature-based solutions. There was also a focus on widespread challenges such as food and water security, climate change, disaster risk-reduction and economic well-being. The Hashemite Fund greatly appreciates being a part of this global effort to address and commit to tackling some of the most significant challenges facing the conservation of our planet.

 The Hashemite Fund has been a member of the IUCN Council since 2014.

 H.H Speech1 - IUCN Sixth World Conservation Congress 2016 water pavilion

H.H Speech 2 -  IUCN Sixth World Conservation Congress 2016 forest pavilion