Sutainable Development

JREDS is considered the first country in the Middle East and the national focal point adjoining the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). FEE is a non-governmental, non-profit organization promoting sustainable development through environmental education. It is active in five programs; Blue Flag, Eco-Schools, Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE), Learning about Forests (LEAF) and Green Key. Among these, the following programs are implemented by JREDS

1. Blue Flag program

A voluntary eco-label for beaches and marinas and serves as a symbol of high quality in the areas of environmental management, water quality, safety and health, and environmental awareness and information that is easily recognized by tourists and tour operators. The program aims to contribute to prevention and conservation of natural resources by promoting sustainable management and encourages local community as well as visitors to respect beaches and their surrounding areas. The Blue Flag program was started in France in 1985 and has been operating in Europe since 1987, with the purpose of encouraging beaches to comply with the EU bathing water directive, and in areas outside of Europe since 2001, Initiated by the participation of South Africa. For more information: www.blueflagjordan.jreds.org The Green Key program: Started in 1994 in Denmark and was adopted as the fifth international program by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) in 2002. It has since spread to 13 countries and continues to grow where a number of other countries are preparing to run the program. The Green Key program has been made available to all 58 countries in the FEE network.

2. The Green Key

One of five environmental education programs that has been activated and endorsed by FEE. The Green Key is an eco-label for tourism facilities that aims to contribute to prevention of climate change and support sustainable tourism by awarding and promoting good initiatives. The Green Key aims to change the practices and behavior of tourism stakeholders including enterprises, authorities, guests, local communities, and to involve them in increasing their responsibility towards their own environment. The comprehensive demands put on the labeled businesses comprise demands on environmental management, technical measures, communication, and environmental education. For more information: www.greenkey-jordan.jreds.org

3. Eco-Schools

An international program for environmental education and management, which aims to raise students' awareness of sustainable development issues through classroom study as well as school and community action. With the emphasis placed on a democratic and participatory approach, the program encourages children and youth from all backgrounds, classes and areas in Jordan, whether in public or private schools to take an active role in how their school can be run for the benefit of the environment – highlighting the importance of civic values. The Eco-Schools program is based on the ISO14001:2004 that specifies requirements for an environmental management system to enable an organization to develop and implement a policy and objectives which take into account legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes, and information about significant environmental aspects. The ISO14001:2004 applies to those environmental aspects that the organization identifies as those which it can control and those which it can influence. The Eco-Schools Methodology encompasses Seven Steps that any school can adopt. The process involves a wide range of stakeholders, but pupils play the central role. After a period of participation, an evaluation of the success of these initiatives and the methodology is undertaken, and the whole Eco-Schools program for each school is assessed. Successful Eco-Schools are awarded the Green Flag, an internationally acknowledged symbol for environmental excellence. In some countries, this recognition happens through a three level system, were schools are awarded either bronze and silver prizes before getting the green flag, or one and two star prizes. Whereas there is flexibility as to the ceremony and awarding process, the criteria for assessing schools for the award is faithful to the guidelines of the International Program. For more information: http://www.ecoschoolsjordan.jreds.org