Last week, the Sharhabil Bin Hassneh EcoPark in Jordan was opened after six years of planning which saw the development of several thousand dunams of land in the Jordan Valley. As well as fencing off the area to regulate overgrazing (which had contributed to the degradation of the land), there was also a concerted effort to restore some of the natural vegetation and protect wildlife.
According to Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoE-ME), the aim of the eco-park is to establish a model for preserving the natural diversity of the Jordan Valley and also to raise public awareness about the ecological importance of the landscape.
FoE-ME is a unique green organisation which brings together environmentalists from Jordan, Israel and Palestine to resolve regional environmental problems and develop the potential for eco-tourism. The Sharhabil Bin Hassneh Eco Park is part of the organisation’s plans to rehabilitate the Jordan Valley River so “it is no longer treated as a backyard dumping ground by tourists and residents.”
FoE-ME are currently offering tours of the eco-park for adults and children to learn more about the natural diversity of the Jordan Valley. There will also be opportunities to go bird watching as well as enjoy some nature trails- keep an eye out for wild flowers such as the Scarlet Pimpernel and Small Pheasant’s Eye.
The eco-park in Jordan also comes equipped with ten eco-lodges so you enjoy the full beauty of the park over a couple of days stay. Perfect for an eco holiday!
:Images via Sharhabil Bin Hassneh EcoPark.
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