Tamara Abzakh

Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature

Jordan / Amman

The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature is an independent national organization devoted to the conservation of Jordan's natural resources. RSCN was established in 1966 with His Majesty the late King Hussein as Honorary President. RSCN has the mission of protecting and managing the natural resources of Jordan, for it is responsible for protecting wildlife and wild places. Wild Jordan is a registered trademark of The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature. Wild Jordan’s revenue contributes to the sustainability of RSCN’s protected areas and supports the socio economic development of local communities.

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The Challenges

Over 60 local women have been empowered through the workshops by providing them with employment, and are helping to alleviate poverty in areas that offer few other employment opportunities. These thriving handicraft enterprises are making conservation important to the lives of local communities by providing alternatives to hunting, overgrazing and a number of other threats to wildlife habitats in Jordan.

Products Story

Using a people-centered approach to protecting nature, RSCN has developed business ventures using the natural assets of protected areas to create sustainable economic and social benefits for local communities. Thriving eco-tourism and handicraft enterprises have been established, creating jobs for hundreds of people. RSCN’s ventures are making conservation important to the lives of local communities by providing alternatives to hunting and overgrazing, and other threats to Jordan’s wildlife habitats. Among these nature-inspired businesses operated by Wild Jordan are over a dozen handicraft workshops that create distinctive handmade products such as silver jewelry, olive oil soap, jams, embroidery, ceramics, herbal teas, hand-painted ostrich eggs, goat leather products and more. The unique and high-quality products are wonderful as souvenirs, gifts or to decorate your home, and can be customized for corporate and large orders.

Impact of work

RSCN’s handicraft workshops are part of the socioeconomic development program for local communities. Eighteen handicraft workshops have been set up in the past decade and are currently operated and managed by RSCN. The eighteen workshops are located in and around different RSCN managed nature reserves in an effort to spread benefits to different underprivileged local communities. These workshops help to conserve nature by providing new sources of income and employment for families in villages near to nature reserves to reduce their dependency on the reserves’ natural resources. Our workshops use the natural assets of protected areas to create sustainable economic and social benefits for local communities.