Drop in rainfall has dried up 50% of underground water — Najjar

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AMMAN — The Ministry of Water and Irrigation has orga-nized a workshop on facing the challenges of water shortage-seeking af-fective and sustainable solutions for agriculture and water in 2050. The workshop was attended by the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Jor-dan Harry Verweij.اضافة اعلان

According to a statement issued by the ministry on Monday, Minister Mohammed Najjar underlined that the ministry’s strategy is working ef-fectively to handle various challenges facing the water sector, including the water shortages due to climate change.

He noted that climate change and a drop in rainfall annual average of more than 50 percent had dried up many groundwater in the Kingdom.

Najjar said that water challenges increase as needs increase, and the sec-tor management is in the process of revising and updating strategies to adapt to various challenges such as population growth, the Syrian crisis, climate change and finding alternative water sources such as the national water carrier, desalination of seawater, in addition to untraditional sources such as sewage water treatment for use in irrigation.

He stressed the importance of coordination among the various relevant bodies in order to set priorities and needs with the participation of all parties in order to produce practical programs that would be reflected in improved performance in all sectors.

For his part, the Dutch ambassador said that his country is interested in cooperation with partners to deal with global and local water challenges, indicating that this workshop came in collaboration with the leading Dutch academic institution, Wageningen University & Research, and it aims at holding dialogue sessions between stakeholders and different ac-tors in order to come up with recommendations, which Jordan can bene-fit from in policy-making and implementation.

The ambassador said that the embassy in Jordan is a supporter of such dialogues concerning polices as part of its water programs, which aim at joint work with the Jordanian government to address the water crisis in the Kingdom.

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