Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature
The Royal Society for The Conservation of Nature (RSCN) is an independent voluntary organization devoted to the conservation of Jordan
Jordan , officially the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan , Al-Mamlaka al-Urduniyya al-Hashemiyya) is a kingdom on the East Bank of the River Jordan. The country borders Saudi Arabia to the east and south-east, Iraq to the north-east, Syria to the north and the West Bank and Israel to the west, sharing...

's natural resources established in 1966 under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Noor with the late King Hussein as Honorary President.

RSCN has the mission of protecting and managing the natural resources of Jordan, for it is responsible for protecting wildlife and wild places and is one of the few voluntary organizations in the Middle East with such a public service mandate.

The organization's principal activities include:
  • Setting up protected areas to safeguard the best wildlife and scenic areas
  • Breeding endangered species to save them from extinction.
  • Enforcing governmental laws to protect wildlife, control illegal hunting
  • Raise awareness in environmental issues through educational programs.
  • Socio-economic development of rural communities.
  • Promoting the sustainable use of natural resources.

The organization has made a number of important achievements include the captive breeding and re-introduction into the wilderness of the Arabian Oryx
Arabian Oryx
The Arabian Oryx or White Oryx is a medium sized antelope with a distinct shoulder hump, long straight horns, and a tufted tail. It is a bovid, and the smallest member of Oryx genus, native to desert and steppe areas of the Arabian peninsula...

, gazelle
A gazelle is any of many antelope species in the genus Gazella, or formerly considered to belong to it. Six species are included in two genera, Eudorcas and Nanger, which were formerly considered subgenera...

 and ibex. It has also established six protected areas within Jordan covering over 1200 square kilometers. These reserve areas include some of the finest natural landscapes in the country:

Feynan Ecolodge

Feynan Ecolodge was constructed in 2005 by renowned architect Ammar Khammash at the western edge of the Dana Biosphere Reserve, Feynan Ecolodge is owned by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature and is the first of its kind in Jordan. In September 2009, EcoHotels took over the management and operation of the lodge. Hailed as one of the top fifty ecolodges in the world by National Geographic Adventure Magazine, the solar powered Feynan Ecolodge offers the most developed eco-experience in Jordan; an experience made possible by a unique partnership between EcoHotels and the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature.

External links

RSCN Website
Travel Experience at the Feynan Ecolodge
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