Eco-label for Desert Camps in Jordan
2012 - 2014
For the first time in Jordan and on a global level, the Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS) launched an Eco-label certification program for the desert camps in Wadi Rum and Wadi Musa. The project aimed to create a framework that would enable camp owners to offer improved environmental facilities to visitors.
The project works toward enabling camp owners to adopt resources friendly behavior and practices, which would eventually contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of the fragile ecosystems and habitats. This was achieved through the creation of a detailed eco-label criteria’s that defines standards for acceptable conditions at the camps area, practices and procedures which should be followed at the camps and the level of staff knowledge and awareness toward environment. The project has contributed positively in enhancing marketability of provided services, thus improve livelihoods for the local community.
USAID/ Public Action Project (PAP)
- The first national criteria’s for the eco- camp sites in Jordan was developed, and adopted globally by FEE organization as the first international criteria’s.
- Knowledge, awareness and capacities of local communities toward environment in remote areas of Jordan enhanced, with better income generation.
- Ten camps in Wadi Rum & one camp in Wadi Musa area obtained the eco-label certification.
- Criteria’s and an explanatory note for Green Key/Eco-friendly desert camps were published.