Field Guide to the Plants and Animals of Petra
Project date: 2004-2006
Project Consultants: Ms Isabelle Ruben, Dr. Ahmad al-Disi (Zoologist), Dr. Issam al-Shannag (Botanist), Dr. Carol Palmer (Botanist), Mr. Ibrahim al-Khader (editing & text writing), Ms Rula Qumei (awareness CD)
Funded by: The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme in Jordan and the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Amman, MATRA KAP Fund
Project Cost: JD 46,054 (USD 64,865)
This project involved updating current information obtained through a previous GEF sponsored project (see Study/Survey of the Biodiversity of Petra project) and using the data to create a high quality pocket guide. The Field Guide to the Plants and Animals of Petra aims at promoting Petra as an eco-tourism destination and is the first high quality pocket guide appealing to both amateurs and professionals. The guide includes the most visible and interesting species of plants and animals (mammals, birds, reptiles and insects), illustrating and describing over 360 species. The complete list of over 1,100 species noted in the field studies is also included.
The information will also be given to the local community and local tour guides, which will enhance the experience for visitors who make use of the local guides. Outreach activities have also been developed directly relating to this project, targeting mainly the youth. The activities include arranging lectures, presentations and discussions on the environmental aspects of Petra, trips for members, school trips, press releases, and a data show for the Petra community. An important part of the outreach activities was the production of a multimedia CD. (Click here for more information in our Outreach page).
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