The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) aims to create, manage and advocate for a national network of protected areas to conserve Jordan’s biodiversity and support local community development, while also promoting wider public support and action for the protection of the natural environment within Jordan and neighboring countries.
The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature is an independent non-profit non-government organization devoted to the conservation of Jordan's natural resources. Established in 1966 under the patronage of His Majesty the late King Hussein, RSCN has been given the responsibility by the Government of Jordan to protect the Kingdom’s natural heritage. As such, it is one of the few voluntary organizations in the Middle East to be granted this kind of public service mandate. As a result of its pioneering conservation work, RSCN has achieved international recognition.
RSCN accomplishes its role in managing Jordan’s natural resources by:
- Setting up and managing protected areas to safeguard Jordan’s natural environment and biodiversity;
- Running captive breeding programs to save endangered species from extinction;
Conducting research to provide a scientific base to aid conservation efforts;
- Enforcing governmental laws to protect wildlife and control illegal hunting;
Raising awareness on environmental issues, with a focus on school students through establishing nature conservation clubs, providing educational programs in the reserves, and integrating biodiversity concepts in school curricula;
- Ensuring the socio-economic development of rural communities by creating job opportunities through eco-tourism, craft production, and other nature-based businesses;
Providing training and capacity building for environmental practitioners and other institutions throughout Jordan and the Middle East;
Encouraging public participation in RSCN nature activities through membership packages;
- Promoting public action for environmental protection through campaigns and activities run by an advocacy committee comprised of volunteers from different sectors.
The policies and practices of RSCN are shaped and guided by an elected Board of Directors, made up of eleven members. Responsibility for day-to-day work is delegated to a team of over 320 staff, headed by the Director General. This work falls under four main functional divisions: Conservation, Outreach, Administration and Finance and Wild Jordan.