Middle East and North Africa Region

Nomadic herdsman with livestock in Jordan, just outside of the ancient city of Petra.

Middle East and North Africa Region:  DOI-ITAP's work in the Middle East and North Africa is carried out with support from the State Department’s Bureau of Oceans, Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES).  The work in this region is targeted to improve conservation and sustainable tourism in cultural and natural protected areas, build capacity for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and enhance civil society engagement.   

In this region, DOI-ITAP technical assistance, at both regional and national levels, helps to strengthen:

  • Protected area management,
  • Visitor services,
  • CITES implementation and enforcement,
  • Public participation,
  • Wildlife study and conservation,
  • Land use sustainable tourism,
  • Youth engagement,
  • Civil society support,
  • Other forms of natural resources management.

DOI-ITAP is currently working in:

Jordan Morocco Oman

DOI-ITAP has completed activities in:​

Bahrain Egypt Iraq


Oman: Building capacity of rangers and agency leaders to manage protected areas for tourism and conservation via job training exchanges, mentorship, scientific research, and government-to-government cooperation.

  • Primary Partner: State Department/OES
  • Contact: Colleen Castle

Morocco: Mitigating the environmental impacts of the growing tourism sector; promoting and developing sustainable tourism in protected areas; and strengthening the country’s scientific and management authorities’ ability to implement and enforce CITES.

  • Primary Partner: State/OES
  • Contact: Kossivi Amegan

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