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Published by Birkhauser, “Ecotourism, Conservation and development: re-imagining Jordan’s Shobak Arid Region” showcases DET’s Shobak strategic masterplan project, which it led in collaboration with the Royal Society of Conservation of Nature from 2012 to 2014. In the field of desert conservation, this book presents a new conservation approach that preserves ecosystems, fosters local economic development and capitalizes on both natural and cultural landscapes for ecotourism. Situated in the special protected area of Shobak, a Jordanian desert region rich in historical background and biodiversity, the innovative strategic plan unites the goals of nature preservation and regional development in a groundbreaking way, by developing tools for promoting the untapped potentials of wild arid areas. It integrates the professions of landscape architecture and architecture with various other disciplines including natural resources management and ecology in order to provide complex, tailored solutions that are resilient to shifting socio-political contexts and harsh arid environments.

DET thanks our publisher Birkhauser, RSCN and Chris Johnson, without whom nor this project nor this book would not have materialized.

“Ecotourism, Conservation and development: re-imagining Jordan’s Shobak Arid Region” is available on Amazon, click here to review and purchase.