EcoPeace has developed an EcoPark in Jordan to preserve biodiversity and serve as a powerful tool for environmental education. It is a place where local, regional and international youth and tourists can come together to learn about and experience the shared environment.
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Recognizing the need to not only educate and raise awareness but to model what sustainable development could look like, EcoPeace established an EcoPark in Jordan with the goal to:
(1) present a model on how to protect the Jordan River Valley and conserve its existing habitats;
(2) provide environmental education, increase knowledge and interest in the environment locally, regionally and internationally;
(3) improve spiritual, mental and physical wellbeing of both local residents and visitors;
(4) promote local sustainable eco-tourism entrepreneurship
The Sharhabil bin Hassneh EcoPark in Jordan is an initiative whose goal is to establish a model for preserving ecologically important habitats within the Jordan Valley. The Eco Park serves as a support system for bringing communities and beneficiaries of the Jordan Valley together in a manner that respects the natural environment and cultural heritage of the area.
The Ecological Park Concept has been developed on the basis of successful plans developed for previous projects, such as the Good Water Neighbors (GWN) project. The GWN project uses series of walking trails, called Neighbors Paths, to raise public awareness of shared water and environmental concerns, promote cross border cooperation for solving environmental problems, and develop the potential for local eco-tourism. The Eco Parks ensure environmental sustainability through integrating the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programs, reversing the loss of environmental resources and reducing the loss of biodiversity.