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What’s up in Jordan
Germany and Jordan are celebrating 60 years of development in 2019. The focus lies on Jordan’s sustainable development, one aspect of which is environmentally sound tourism. Below we give you some examples of projects supported by Germany.
A natural phenomenon in the Jordan Valley
Jordan Birdwatch Association; www.jordanbirdwatch.com
The skies over the Jordan Valley present a very special natural phenomenon in the spring and autumn months when more than 100 million migratory birds fly across Jordan, which lies at the crossroads of flyways linking Europe, Asia and Africa. Jordan offers a wide range of different habitats, which make the country a fantastic destination for birdwatchers during the rest of the year, too. More than 430 species of birds have been recorded here, including the native Dead Sea Sparrow (Passer moabiticus), which is an endangered species in the region. The Jordan Birdwatch Association works to protect these natural treasures and offers tips and contacts for excursions.
Hiking adventures in Saham near Yarmouk
Saham Heritage Trail; email@example.com
People ready to lace up their hiking boots for a trek in northwestern Jordan will be rewarded with a magical Mediterranean landscape. Tabor oak trees (Quercus ithaburensis) stand out on the hills of Yarmouk like dabs of paint from an artist’s palette. Guides from the Saham Youth Initiative inform hikers about the rich flora and fauna and the fascinating history of the area. At the end of the tour the guests can relax in a small piece of paradise – an orchard with its own spring.
Local delicacies in Shuleh
Al Shuleh Women Cooperative; firstname.lastname@example.org
When the members of the Shuleh Women Cooperative start cooking, wonderful aromas fill their small shop next door: grilled shish kebabs or traditional mansaf with rice, lamb and fermented goat’s milk. If you’re planning a picnic you can order food from the cooperative, which is then delivered to the right spot. The women’s shop sells olive oil, honey, pickled vegetables and the zaatar blend of spices. The goods are supplied by local female farmers, who prepare it from what nature provides in the northernmost part of Jordan.
Café with history in Umm Qais
Al Hara Al Fouga Café; Gadara Society for the Friends of Culture and Heritage email@example.com
Let your imagination take you back to ancient times, when Umm Qais was one of the most important cities on the eastern frontier of the Roman Empire. Gadara, as it was known in Greek, was one of the ten cities of the Decapolis. Today its former importance is revealed by impressive ruins in the natural Mediterranean landscape with a view over the Sea of Galilee and the Yarmouk River. The Al Hara Al Fouga Café at the entrance to the archaeological sites has become a meeting place for tourists and locals alike. Here visitors can discover the chequered history of the wonderful city with a panoramic view.