Dana Biosphere Reserve

„Spanning three climate zones ranging from the forested Mediterranean to the hottest Sudanian penetration, Dana Biosphere Reserve is home to hundreds of species living within diverse ecosystems and habitats. Yet animals are not the only ones to find Dana’s natural resources important. For centuries, foreign empires – especially the Roman and Byzantine – coveted the region for its expansive copper and other mineral deposits.
Established in 1993, Dana Biosphere Reserve is Jordan’s largest biosphere reserve, covering 291 km² of some of the most diverse landscape in Jordan. In 1994, The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) instituted the first protected area management plan in Jordan here at Dana, creating an internationally recognized model for the integration of conservation with socio-economic development.
RSCN has made great strides in the Dana Biosphere Reserve, including the integrated conservation and socio-economic development program, building rehabilitation, and the creation of Jordan’s first heritage village.“  dana biosphere reserve (PDF)


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