Socio-economic Development for Nature Conservation


Funded by USAID

An ambitious program of socio-economic initiatives that enabled RSCN to build on its experience in the Dana Biosphere Reserve and extend its use of eco-tourism and other nature based businesses as a tool to support the conservation of protected areas. The key outputs of the project were Feynan Eco-lodge and Azraq Lodge, the craft enterprises for the Azraq Villages, the strengthening of eco-tourism marketing and the construction of the Wild Jordan Center in Amman. The project had a major impact on the profile and effectiveness of RSCN. It enabled RSCN to be positioned as the principle agency for eco-tourism in Jordan and to be recognized as a pioneer in the use of business approaches to sustain and promote nature conservation in Jordan.