The Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS) was founded in 1993 by a group of concerned responsible people, aspiring to protect Aqaba’s marine life from further degradation. In August 1995, JREDS registered under the Ministry of Interior as the first and only Jordanian non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the marine ecosystem.
JREDS's marine conservation programs emerged primarily from a serious need to protect the national heritage and biodiversity of the marine environment in Aqaba. JREDS strives to reduce the pressure on the marine environment of the Gulf of Aqaba by promoting sustainable management of natural marine resources, raising public awareness, encouraging community participation, conducting environmental monitoring and engaging all stakeholders in the joint task of preserving Jordan’s marine heritage. Over the last decade, JREDS has developed and expanded its three programs areas, such as marine conservation, outreach and advocacy, and sustainable development, under which 16 projects and initiatives are currently operating in Amman and Aqaba.