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Plans under way to turn Petra into nature reserve

10 Jan 2017

In what has been called a “benchmark” decision, the rose-red city of Petra on Tuesday joined the National Protected Areas Network, a step which could eventually transform the area into a nature reserve. 

With its rich flora and fauna — studies estimate that Petra, 235km south of Amman, is home to more than 750 plants and animals — the decision  will preserve the city’s biodiversity, much of which has been endangered due to decades of focusing on the historical and archaeological features of the city, at the expense of its ecosystem, according to experts. 

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