The Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS) hosted a Reef Check EcoDiver Training in Aqaba, aiming to raise awareness and knowledge about coral reefs and to build up a team of qualified divers for further reef monitoring activities at the Jordanian Red Sea coast. Several organization have benefited from this training, including JREDS, the Aqaba Marine Park, the Marine Science Station, the Royal Jordan Naval Force, the Aqaba Port Authority as well as Instructors and Dive masters from local dive centers.
Aside from creating familiarity with the indicators and procedures of Reef Check, the training succeeded in raising awareness in divers to the attractiveness of Aqaba’s diversity. Also, it allowed divers to witness the coral damage caused by diving, anchoring boats, and pollution. Currently, JREDS is satisfied with the trained team of qualified divers, who are capable of supporting Aqaba’s conservation efforts in further reef monitoring activities at the Jordanian Red Sea coast.
German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through GIZ project: Protection of the Environment and Biodiversity in Jordan (PROTEB)
- Organized second specialized training on Reef Check in Jordan
- Created a specialized team of Reef Check in Jordan, capable of supporting Aqaba’s conservation efforts