Symposium on Restoring Degraded Ecosystems

On 30 March 2015, the RBG in cooperation with the Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens (ERA) held a Symposium on Restoring Degraded Ecosystems: Regional and International Perspectives at the Landmark Hotel, Amman.

The symposium which was attended by more than 160 stakeholders from Jordanian universities, NGOs and community groups joined ERA members from the UK, USA, Australia, Uganda and Kenya with regional botanic gardens and NGO delegates from Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt and Oman to present a series of extensive presentations on land restoration projects of countries worldwide.

In the afternoon session, the RBG founder, HRH Princess Basma bint Ali, headed a panel discussion on common challenges and opportunities of success and networking in this domain.

HRH concluded the symposium stating that the human being is the most important element in ecological restoration under the damage caused by climate change and the lack of water. She added that action is required now to face the accumulated environmental problems of the damage which is threatening the global food security. Lastly, HRH called all the Arab countries to consolidate at all levels in this regard because the environment does not know borders, and it is a duty of every individual to to reserve and reach a world free of environmental challenges in the future.

The symposium was followed by a full-day meeting of the ERA executive council and members, to identify what the next key steps of the alliance will be to scale up the ERA impact, and to work together to share experiences and develop strategies for addressing and overcoming common restoration challenges.

A number of organizations supported the symposium and related meetings through active sponsorship: Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), which supported the symposium, and the Landmark Hotel, which supported two meetings. In addition to the International Union for Conversation of Nature (IUCN) and Jordan Environmental Fund (JEF) and the Jordan Tourism Board which supported a pre-symposium tour for international participants, allowing them to get acquainted with Jordan and its environmental challenges.

The Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens (ERA) is a network of botanic gardens leading restoration initiatives working across six continents. The aim of the alliance is to restore degraded ecosystems, while developing partnerships and providing demonstration, training, resources, information and plant material to scale up ecological restoration around the world.

Further information about the ERA can be found at: http://www.erabg.org/


 

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