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Switzerland funds the construction of a new marsh pool in the Azraq Wetland Reserve

Switzerland funds the construction of a new marsh pool in the Azraq Wetland Reserve

Amman(womeninjordan)—With the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
(SDC), the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) has
constructed a new marsh pool in the Azraq Wetland Reserve which has
contributed to the rehabilitation of 10% of the former oasis, and has doubled
the surface area of the wetland. The new pool contributes to the
conservation of the wetland habitat and of the endemic Azraq Killifish
population.According to a press release published by the Swiss Embassy in Amman.

The new marsh pool covers a surface area of 25’000, coming in addition to the
existing 25’000 m2 of wetland. The project has been implemented through a
number of activities starting with the clearing, excavation and leveling of the land
for the marsh pool. Firebreaks have been constructed between the reeds and new
tourist and patrolling trails have been established to facilitate the access to all the
reserve habitats.

The Azraq Wetland Reserve is located in the heart of the Jordanian eastern
desert. The reserve provides a natural habitat for numerous aquatic and terrestrial
species including the Azraq Killifish Aphanius sirhani, the only true endemic
vertebrate species of Jordan. During the last two decades, the wetland has almost
dried up due to the over extraction of groundwater in the region. With international
support, RSCN began a rescue effort in 1994 and has managed to restore a
significant portion of the wetland. For more information on the Azraq Wetland
Reserve, please see http://www.rscn.org.jo/content/azraq-wetland-reserve-0
Switzerland is supporting Jordan with an overall contribution of over 20 million
JOD in 2016. One of the key lines of intervention concerns the water sector where
SDC aims to link sustainable water resource management with equitable access
to water and sanitation services.

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