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Faynan, Feinan, Finan, Fenan, Fienan, Fanan: many spellings, one
EcoHotels was founded to provide escapes embedded in local culture, filled with new experiences, and delivered with a passion for impeccable service. Residents and visitors to the Middle East can count on EcoHotels to develop environmentally-sustainable retreats that give back to local communities and invest in pivotal conservation projects. EcoHotels manages and operates Feynan, its first ecolodge in Jordan, and has plans to manage further ecolodges in Jordan and across the Middle East.
The Royal Society for the Conservation of
Nature is a non-governmental organisation devoted to the
preservation of Jordan's natural resources. Established in 1966
under the patronage of His Majesty the late King Hussein, the RSCN
has been given the responsibility by the Government of Jordan to
protect the Kingdom’s natural heritage. As such, it is one of the
few organisations in the Middle East to be granted this kind of
public service mandate. As a result of its pioneering conservation
work, the RSCN has achieved international recognition.
Wild Jordan is the socio-economic development and eco-tourism division of the RSCN. Wild Jordan’s mission is to develop viable nature-based businesses within and around RSCN’s protected areas in order to bring tangible economic and social benefits to local communities and generate financial, political, and popular support for nature conservation throughout the Kingdom of Jordan. Through Wild Jordan, RSCN has been able to adopt a people-centred approach to protecting nature. Business ventures are being developed using the natural assets of protected areas to create economic and social benefits for local communities. Thriving eco-tourism and handicraft enterprises have been established, bringing jobs to hundreds of people. Such ventures are making nature conservation important to the lives of local communities, while providing alternatives to hunting and overgrazing, which continue to pose threats to wildlife habitats. The RSCN and Wild Jordan manage the following reserves, many of which have accommodation: Dana Biosphere Reserve, Azraq Wetland Reserve, Mujib Nature Reserve, Ajloun Forest Reserve, Dibeen Forest Reserve, and the Dead Sea Panoramic Complex.
Feynan Ecolodge lies in the Dana Biosphere
Reserve, which covers 300km of land, making it the largest
reserve in Jordan. Dana is an area of tremendous variety in terms
of wildlife, geology and landscape. It is the only reserve in Jordan
that encompasses the four different bio-geographical zones of the
country: Mediterranean, Irano-Turanian, Saharo-Arabian and Sudanian.
Elevations range from 1500m on the plateau near Quadesiyya to near
sea level amidst the dunes of Wadi Araba.
Feynan Ecolodge was constructed
in 2005 by renowned architect Ammar Khammash at the western edge
of the Dana Biosphere Reserve, Feynan Ecolodge is owned by the Royal
Society for the Conservation of Nature and is the first of its kind
in Jordan. Before the lodge was built, the land was utilised as
a campsite by archaeologists conducting studies and digs in the
area. The RSCN developed the campsite into an ecolodge to provide
economic opportunities for local communities and generate revenue
for the conservation of Jordan’s wild places. In September 2009,
EcoHotels took over the management and operation of the lodge, offering
travellers an unparalleled opportunity to experience Jordan’s wilderness,
meet its native people and explore its ancient history, with minimal
impact on the environment.