Protecting nature protects us all
Wadi Rum Protected Area was set-up, not just to conserve landscapes
and wildlife, but also to give local communities new opportunities
to benefit from the protection of nature. This is being done in three
Entrance fees are shared with local communities. A proportion of
each visitor's entrance charge is given directly to local tourism
Appropriate tourism development is being supported throughout the
protected area, tied to protection measures that try to minimize
the harmful effects of visitor pressure.
Small craft and souvenir businesses
are being developed with Bedouin women to generate more economic
benefits from the protected area.
Shopping for nature
of the ancient inscriptions carved on the rocks of Wadi Rum have
been given a new lease of life as decorations for locally produced
crafts. They are being applied as artwork on a variety of natural
and waste materials, including recycled drink cans. Bedouin women
create the artwork using modern techniques of sandblasting and burnishing.
These unique items make highly original and attractive gifts and
help to provide jobs and extra income for underprivileged families.
A full range of Rum artwork is available
from the nature shop in the visitor centre or through other outlets
in Jordan managed by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature
(RSCN), which specializes in hand crafted gift items that support
rural communities. For more information, log on to www.rscn.org.jo