Conservation projects

There are many conservation projects underway in the protected area to try and safeguard its unique landscape and ecology and to raise awareness among local people and visitors alike

  • Ecological surveys have been carried out and are being used to monitor the populations of endangered animals like the Gray Wolf and Nubian Ibex.
  • Ranger patrols are now in place and these are helping to enforce the protected area by-laws and reduce illegal hunting.
  • The main tracks through the desert are being graded and rationalized to create one main network for tourist vehicles and thereby reduce the widespread damage to desert habitats caused by “free-for-all” driving
  • A zoning scheme has been introduced to safeguard ecologically sensitive areas and make sure that visitors will always be able to have a wilderness experience.
  • Small craft enterprises and other income generating projects are being developed to make the protected area more relevant to the lives local people.
  • A large and impressive visitor centre has been opened to create a single gateway to the protected area that will enable all tourism activities to be well managed and coordinated.
  • Leaflets, brochures and posters have been produced to explain to visitors the wonders of Wadi Rum and the need to behave appropriately in such a special site.
  • Entrance fees have been introduced to raise income towards the ongoing management and care of the protected area
  • Education and outreach programmes are being implemented to promote the importance of the protected area and encourage local communities and visitors to participate in its conservation.