The Arab Group for the Protection of Nature participated in the meeting of the IUCN Regional Committee in the presence of its Director-General Bruno Oberle to assess the previous period and provide comments, and develop a strategy for 2021-2024 (April 22, 2021).
The Regional Committee had met previously to prepare for this meeting and identify the most prominent themes and priorities to be discussed in the meeting attended by the Director-General.
General Manager of the Arab Group for the Protection of Nature Mariam Al-Jaajaa stressed the need to transform decisions into action, noting that the organization has made important observations and amendments in favor of the region in the IUCN program during the previous years, but they were not implemented.
Al-Jaajaa added that the Arab Group for the Protection of Nature prepared two proposals for an agricultural and ecological development project in Jordan and a regional one under the title "Arab Tree Path." The organization had spoken about this project in the presence of an IUCN representative. However, they were only involved in the theoretical stages. She put forth the idea to reinforce partnerships between the IUCN and civil society organizations, noting that partnership is still restricted to a limited number of organizations.
In a related context, the General Manager of the Arab Group for the Protection of Nature indicated that the IUCN had taken decisions about some environmental violations and approved compensation from the perpetrators, but these resolutions were not implemented. She mentioned the resolutions bearing the numbers (3.046 and CGR4.MOT119), according to which the occupation is criminalized for violations in the region and is obligated to pay compensation.
Al-Jaajaa requested for the implementation of these resolutions to be prioritized in the IUCN agenda.