12th Advisory Committee Meeting
Jordan - Dead Sea
26-27 February 2014
The twelfth annual meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Programme was held on 26-27 February 2014 in Jordan, with the following objectives:
- To discuss Programme achievements and challenges in 2013;
- To agree on the 2014 workplan including South-South Cooperation activities;
- To facilitate experience exchange among Programme partners;
- To showcase Programme supported activities in Jordan;
- To approve annual reports and seek guidance for the way forward (Core Management Group).
The meeting was attended by 22 participants representing five partner countries (Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria), UNDP and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Also attending were Programme Team members.
On the first day (26 February), a meeting was held at the Marriott Hotel in the Dead Sea. It consisted of presentations on: 1) Programme achievements and challenges faced in 2013; 2) highlights by Programme partners of country interventions and achievements in 2013 as well as challenges and planned activities for 2014; 3) the 2014 workplan and South-South cooperation
A field trip was organized on the second day (27 February) to the Dibeen and Ajloun Protected Areas. The visit started in Dibeen where the group was received by representatives of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) who gave a presentation on the challenges and opportunities facing the Protected Area as well as the Sustainable Tourism project. Following the presentation, a tour was organized in the Protected Area showcasing local community workshops – pottery and embroidery – as income generating projects for women. After Dibeen, the visit proceeded to Kufrnajeh/Ajloun Protected Area to showcase Ajloun Houses (The Soap House, House of Calligraphy and the Biscuit House) created by RSCN to support the conservation of forests and to provide a new source of income and employment for families, particularly women, in nearby villages to reduce their poverty and dependence on the reserve’s natural resources. The visit was then followed by a traditional lunch at the Ajloun Forest Reserve and a visit to the Nature Shop in the reserve selling local delicacies and handicrafts made by local women. This field visit also provided an opportunity for networking and experience exchange among Programme partners by showcasing good practices in Jordan in local development, conservation and the economic empowerment of women.