The ecological diversity of Petra and the Region is vast, ranging from rare to common, harmless to harmful. Although most tourists visit the site for its exceptional carved monuments, the natural environment also forms an integral part of the Petra Archaeological Park (PAP) and is one of the key values that render it unique. Protecting its flora and fauna will help to sustain natural ecosystem processes and maintain a balance between development and the rich biodiversity.
In 1994, the Petra National Trust, with funding by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme, conducted a survey of Petra's biodiversity. This was the first such project conducted since Petra’s inscription on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1985.
Based on this survey and a recent update, PNT has produced the Field Guide to the Plants & Animals of Petra. It is the first of its kind for the area, allowing visitors to identify and appreciate the abundant and varied plants and animals that Petra boasts in addition to its magnificent monuments.
If you are interested to know more about the biodiversity of Petra, read the below:
- Study/Survey of the biodiversity of Petra (1994 – 1996)
- Field Guide to the Plants & Animals of Petra (2004 -2006)
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