Ammon news – Environment Minister Nabil Masarweh on Wednesday agreed to form a technical committee to redraw the boundaries of the Dana Biosphere Reserve in order to mine copper ore in the southern region of Jordan.
Speaking to the Jordanian News Agency (Petra), Masarweh said the committee, pursuant to a Cabinet decision, was tasked with studying the coordinates of the reserve’s temporary boundaries, as claimed by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, as reported by Petra.
“It will also update the environmental regulations for mining operations and exploration in the targeted areas, and will seek alternative lands to annex to the reserve in order to safeguard its biodiversity,” he added.
The committee is made up of representatives from the Ministries of Energy, Agriculture and Tourism, the Department of Lands and Surveying, the Royal Scientific Society, the Local Council of Tafila Governorate, the Royal Society for conservation, the Union of Geologists, the University of Jordan and the Natural Resources Authority, according to Petra.
Meanwhile, the International Union for Conservation of Nature attends as an observer, and the director of the ministry’s nature conservation directorate as rapporteur.