EU-funded CROSSDEV clean-up campaign in Jordan

September 1, 2020
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The Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS) in the Aqaba city – southern Jordan – is carrying out a clean-up campaign on 2 September, in the framework of EU-funded CROSSDEV project.

JREDS continues its efforts in the clean-up campaigns around the sites of implementation of the project. While two phases of the campaign have already been carried out in the past weeks, the third phase will be held in cooperation with the Antiquities Department of the Tourism Ministry, and together with a number of local volounteers, to clean-up the area around the Byzantine Church site.

The rehabilitation of this historical site will also include the painting of the fence and walls to enhance the archaeological value of the site, as well as lawn mowing and tree pruning at Ayla Islamic City.

These campaigns are not only aimed at cleaning and rehabilitating the sites, but also at educating the local community about the historical, touristic, economic, social, and cultural importance of the archaeological sites of their city. Moreover, such kind of awareness and protection of heritage is also part of the sustainable development goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

The objective of the CROSSDEV project is to contribute to the economic and social development in Mediterranean. It is co-funded by the European Union through the ENI CBC MED Programme. CROSSDEV strengthens and enhances sustainable tourism practices, emphasizing common heritage and resources. Specifically, the project intends to increase touristic competitiveness and attractiveness of less-known destinations and rural/depressed areas, adopting the Cultural Routes concept in selected areas of 4 countries: Italy, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine.

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Countries covered:

  • Jordan