Due to a growing concern over environmental issues and an increasing number of internationally sponsored environmental projects in the region, RSCN is constantly receiving requests to provide training for key personnel in both Jordan and neighboring countries. Over the last few years, RSCN, with its cadre of highly trained professionals, has provided training programs in a wide range of environmental disciplines, including protected area management, eco-tourism development, captive breeding of endangered animals and public awareness techniques.
In 1999, RSCN, in partnership with the Hanns Seidel Foundation, facilitated the first regional training needs assessment, in which seven countries from the region took part. This pilot initiative identified the perceived priorities for training in the region, which include institutional capacity building, management skills, water management, land use planning and law enforcement.
Since then, a Regional Training Unit has been set up at RSCN to respond to regional and national training demands and to help improve abilities to manage natural resources in a more sustainable manner. The Regional Training Program is supported by the Hanns Seidel Foundation and aims to help bring about developmental change by offering tailor-made and high quality training programs in the following areas:
- Protected area management
- Institutional capacity building
- Environmental education and public awareness
- Project development and management
- Training of trainers
This Regional Training Unit approach depends to a large extent on the ability of people to translate their knowledge and experiences into constructive action to enable developmental change.