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The ancient Nabataean city of Petra in southern Jordan is threatened by erosion, seismic damage, pollution, environmental degradation, and the pressures of international tourism. The World Monument Fund has regularly listed Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as one of the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the world. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature estimates that 50% of the animal species in the Petra are threatened.

In 2004, at the encouragement of Her Majesty Queen Noor al-Hussein, four former United States ambassadors to Jordan, and several prominent Jordanians and Americans concerned about the future of Petra came together to create the Petra National Foundation. The Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation and is the only such organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to protecting the architectural, archaeological, and cultural heritage, and the biological diversity of this unique site.

The Petra National Foundation works in partnership with public and private institutions and individuals to build and strengthen local capacity in Jordan among governmental and independent institutions working to protect and preserve Petra. By reaching out to like-minded institutions and individuals in the United States and internationally, PNF raises awareness of the threats and challenges facing Petra, garners the necessary support and advocates for the site's sustainable management and protection.


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Petra Preserve and protect the unique wonders of this ancient crossroad between east and west, north and south;
PetraEcourage exchanges among Jordanian and American scholars and specialists; and
PetraPromote enlightened management of the Petra Archaeological Park.

Please use this site to learn more about Petra and to assist us in our efforts.
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