Inclusive Rangeland Management in Jordan

The Badia is a region of semi-arid and steppic rangelands in eastern Jordan. Historically, the rangelands were managed by tribal institutions of local communities using traditional and cultural ecosystem management techniques. With the establishment of the Jordanian State, these lands became State property, resulting in the dissolution of traditional natural resource management institutions and systems. The disintegration of traditional systems and knowledge led to deterioration and degradation of the rangelands. In 2001 the Jordanian government published the National Rangeland Strategy, in an attempt to restore traditional ecosystem management techniques and to better involve tribal pastoralist communities in the conservation of rangelands.

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Wael Alrashdan (Ministry of Agriculture, Directorate of Rangelands and Badia Development) and Amira Kheir (ILC Secretariat).