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Jordan, Germany sign 89 million euro agreement

KFW Jordan
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AMMAN — Jordan and Germany on Tuesday signed a loan and grant package worth 89 million euros to support the Kingdom’s water and waste management systems.اضافة اعلان

The agreement was signed with the German Development Bank (KfW), and it includes two loan agreements worth 74 million euros, a 14 million euro grant, and 1 million euros as an “accompanying measure”.

The money will be used to fund projects in Amman, Madaba, and the Jordan Valley, according to a statement from KfW.

The first loan agreement, worth 24 million euros, will support the “Adaptation to Climate Change Phase III” project; the second loan agreement, totaling 50 million euros, will support the “Water Resources Management Program;” and the grant, worth some 14 million euros, will target the investment program “Employment-creating integrated municipal solid waste management,” investment program.

Nicolas von Kalm, acting head of cooperation at the German Embassy in Amman, who attended the signing stated that the water management program is now entering its seventh phase and is a key pillar of the German support.

The statement added that the program aims to improve water supply for 200,000 people in Madaba Governorate and 100,000 people in south Amman.

The money will support work to extend and maintain Madaba’s water supply system. It will also help fund the construction of a ground-and-surface water treatment plant near Hidan wellfield and Wala Dam.

Additionally, the program aims to supply clean water to around 100,000 people in the northern governorates using Aqeb wellfields, according to the statement.

The 24 million euro loan will support farmers in the Jordan Valley through the adaption to climate change project.

It ties into a greater joint effort of several donor institutions to improve water supply for farming communities and to save Jordan’s scarce water resources, the statement said.

The project will finance the rehabilitation of old and worn irrigation infrastructure in the Jordan Valley in order to increase the efficiency of the network and reduce water losses.

Once all 3 phases of the climate change adaptation program have been completed, approximately 80 percent of the irrigation infrastructure in the Jordan valley will have been rehabilitated with financing from the German government and the European Union.

Lastly the grant will support waste management in Amman by funding a mechanical-biological waste treatment plant adjacent to Al-Ghabawi landfill.

The plant turn biological waste into compost or mixed waste into refuse-derived fuel. The inhabitants of the greater Amman area will also benefit from improved and sustainable waste disposal, according to the statement.

As part of an accompanying measure, training in waste treatment will also be offered and GAM will be supported in marketing the processed products, the statement concluded.

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