The Bedu have lived for centuries in harmony with the environment in the Middle Eastern desert known as the Badia region. However, during the 20th century their environment was fragmented and divided to form parts of Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. This process restricted their movements and increased the pressure on the environment. In addition, economic growth and urbanization have also had an impact on their way of life. As a consequence, the Jordan Badia Research and Development Programme (BRDP) was established, during 1992, to improve the Bedu's quality of life and to ensure sustainable development and environmental protection in the Badia. This paper reviews the BRDP strategy as well as the deliverables thus far in terms of benefits to local communities, facilities, pioneered projects, main research outcomes and current research priorities.
Baban, SMJ, Al-Oun, S & Shahbaz, M 2003, 'Let the desert bloom: an overview of an attempt to promote sustainable development and environmental protection in the Jordanian Badia Region', Sustainable Development, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 159-170.
Published online in Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com), at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sd.214