The Role of Ecotourism in supporting socio-economic development in Ajloun Forest Reserve

Ajloun Forest Reserve
Publié: 10 octobre 2018
Dernière modification: 09 juillet 2019
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Résumé

 Ajloun Reserve covers 12 sq km from the remaining fragile and fragmented forest patches northern Jordan. The most important component of RSCN’s solution to integrate the local communities in its conservation programs was nature-based low impact ecotourism. We developed eco-tourism infrastructure and facilities (cabins, restaurants, trails) to attract nature lovers to stay overnights in the area, which only received limited numbers of day visitors before the establishment of the reserve. We linked the reserve with the surrounding historical and cultural attractions creating benefits and alternative income to the local communities, and assisted in the rehabilitation of local houses located along the hiking trails as stop points for food and beverage.  Our ecotourism product depends on natural and cultural resources, low level of technology with low negative impact on nature respecting the sites carrying capacity. 

Classifications

Région
Asie de l'Ouest, Moyen-Orient
Échelle de la mise en œuvre
Intranational
Local
Ecosystème
Forêt sempervirente tempéré
Écosystèmes forestiers
Thème
Connaissances traditionnelles
Financement durable
L'intégration de la biodiversité
L'intégration du genre
Moyens d'existence durables
Standards/ certification
Tourisme
Objectifs de Développement Durable
ODD 15 - Vie terrestre
Obectifs d'Aichi
Objectif 11: Aires protégées

Emplacement

Ajloun Forest Reserve, Ajloun, Ajloun Governorate, Jordan
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Les impacts positifs

   Eco-tourism and socio-economic projects  contributed in generating income to support conservation programs in Ajloun forest reserve. RSCN's solution created jobs “from nature”, changed attitudes towards conservation and helped people understand and value their natural heritage.

 

Ajloun Reserve became  an "Economic Driver " in the low-income governorate as it contributed in creating numerous job opportunities (45 full time staff). Our yearly protected area benefits report shows that in 2017 the reserve expenses were 369000 JDs mostly spent as salaries, goods and services procured from local communities.

 

Ecotourism  contributed in supporting educational and conservation programs at the same time by involving children around the reserve effectively to become  potential local community leaders in changing the perception / views of local community around the reserves and become more committed towards the protection of nature. 

 

Ecoutourism supports sustainable development programs at this rural area. It helps develop the infrastructure and provide the inhabitants with the needed services like eletricity , roads, water , and it helps to double the price of the lands . Moreover it became a special destination for Visitors all over the world  , and even an Escape for VIP Persons.

 

Contribué par

othman altawalbeh

Soumise par

The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature