The Regional Office for West Asia of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and AES Jordan signed an agreement on Monday, August 7 in Amman for cooperation in the implementation of stakeholders’ engagement and natural resources assessment for AES businesses in the East Amman project.
The Jordanian Minister of Energy, His Excellency Dr. Saleh Al-Kharabsheh opened the reception, organized to celebrate the project. Dr. Al-Kharabsheh commended the efforts by AES Jordan and IUCN, targeting the local communities, and encouraged other big companies and institutions to replicate the project. “The significance of this project lies in the involvement of stakeholders and the implementation of small initiatives based on needs’ assessment and prioritization”, His Excellency said.
The Regional Director of IUCN ROWA affirmed the commitment of the union towards the development of local communities in the region. “This project is one of many IUCN is implementing in the West Asia region aiming to address various challenges, pertaining environmental, human development and natural resources. This project reconfirms IUCN’s progressive approach in establishing partnerships with all concerned bodies, including the private sector”.
The “Stakeholders’ engagement and natural resources assessment for AES Jordan in East Amman” project seeks to achieve the global environmental standards through stakeholder engagement and capacity building; natural resources and socioeconomic assessment; development of an agreed local natural resources conservation strategy; implementation of nature-based solutions, based on the strategy and the stakeholders’ priorities, and documentation of the learning process that will help in the replication and upscaling of the project.