Conserving biodiversity in the Badia region: Jordan.

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Year Published: 2004
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Author: Disi, A. M. ; Damhoureyeh, S. A. ; Al-Khader, I. A. ; Al-Jboor, S.
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This chapter discusses the initiatives to assess the reasons for biodiversity loss in Jordan, specifically in the Badia region (eastern plateau), which covers approximately three quarters of the total land area. An in-depth case study on the Azraq Wetland Reserve is presented to provide a good model for natural resources management in arid zones. The different causes of biodiversity loss in the Azraq Basin are habitat destruction, poor water management, agricultural expansion, inappropriate agricultural practices, overgrazing, destruction of green mantle in semiarid lands, land tenure and fragmentation, traffic and vehicle movements, hunting and shooting, and localized distributions. A management plan for the Azraq Basin was developed based on the World Conservation Union concept of knowledge, empowerment, governance and operation. In addition, a multidisciplinary approach was developed using geographical information system analysis and remote sensing techniques to devise a sustainable land use plan. These management plans will be used for the establishment of biodiversity conservation in the region.

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arid zones, biodiversity, case studies, fragmentation,geographical information systems, habitat destruction, habitats,hunting, intensive production, land use planning, nature conservation,nature reserves, overgrazing, remote sensing, resource management,sustainability, tenure systems, traffic, water management, watersheds,wetlands, Jordan, West Asia, Asia, Middle East, Developing Countries,agricultural tenure, arid regions, catchment areas, geographicinformation systems, GIS, land tenure, tenure, water resourcemanagement, Plant Cropping Systems (FF150), Soil Surveys and LandEvaluation (JJ500), Water Resources (PP200), Wetlands (PP320), Pollutionand Degradation (PP600), Biological Resources (Animal) (PP710),Biological Resources (Plant) (PP720), Techniques and Methodology (ZZ900)

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