5 million euro agreement signed for rainwater harvesting project

7.€5-million agreement signed for rainwater harvesting project
(Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — The Dutch embassy in Amman on Sunday signed a five million euro agreement with the Inter-Islamic Network on Water Resources Development and Management (INWRDAM) to implement a three-year rainwater harvesting project in the Jordan Valley in partnership with the Ministry of Water and Irrigation and the Jordan Valley Authority.اضافة اعلان

According to the Jordan News Agency, Petra, the project is comprised of four main components, including starting a national dialogue on water harvesting policy to devise proper legislation and the setup of rainwater harvesting catchment areas as well as smart farms.

The third component is related to building the capacities of water ministry staff and other key stakeholders on water harvesting techniques and groundwater replenishment.

The fourth and final component centers around key learnings and success stories from water harvesting efforts and ensure that such endeavors are commensurate with the national water management policy and adaptation to climate change.

In a statement, the secretary-general of the water ministry, Jihad Mahamid, stressed that Jordan is a global "trailblazer” in rainwater harvesting projects, indicating that the water sector always seeks to come up with the best solutions for water scarcity amidst growing challenges exacerbated by climate change.

Secretary-General of the Jordan Valley Authority Manar Mahasneh underlined the need for further investment in rainwater harvesting, especially in the Jordan Valley region from which comes the majority of the Kingdom's agro produce.

Dutch ambassador Harry Verweij said that integrated management of water resources is vital for enabling Jordan to address climate change and the depletion of groundwater resources, stressing that rainwater harvesting is crucial for easing current pressures on the water sector.

The ambassador described the project as a "real" Jordanian-Dutch partnership bringing together government parties, academia, and private sector stakeholders. "We have no doubts that it (the project) will yield fruitful results,” Verweij added.

INWRDAM Director Marwan Raggad said climate change has made precipitation duration in Jordan shorter but more intense, which leads to higher flood risks and loss of freshwater.

Raggad underlined the need for a recharge-retain-reuse water management approach to address the repercussions of climate change and enable local communities.

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