Jordan champions water security at COP28, addresses climate crisis

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DUBAI – On Saturday, Omar Salama, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, confirmed Jordan’s participation in the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 28) held in Dubai at the beginning of December, to achieve sustainable investment in confronting the effects of climate change and enhance the links between water, agriculture, and food.اضافة اعلان

Salama reported to Al-Ghad that COP28 embodied an important opportunity to present the serious challenges facing the Jordanian water sector, which was supervised by the previous Minister of Water and Irrigation, Raed Abu Saud.

The Kingdom is one of the countries most affected by climate change, especially since it has hosted millions of refugees during the past few decades, creating a sharp decline in the per capita share to less than 61 cubic meters annually.

In COP 28, Salama pointed out the importance of water systems and national climate plans, parallel to the necessity of cooperation to confront the effects of climate change that are increasing day by day. He emphasized the need to increase financing and support provided by financial institutions and expand the participation of the private sector.

Salama added that the ministry is exerting their full efforts to build a better management system for the available water resources. They are confronting these challenges by expanding the participation of the private sector and providing solutions to achieve food and water security through the development of smart irrigation for agriculture.

This is in addition to its measures to increase the coverage of the sewage service, expand the treatment of wastewater and reuse it in agriculture and industry. Jordan is one of the leading countries benefiting from treated water according to international standards, reaching about 200 million cubic meters annually in this field.

Simultaneously, Abu Saud reiterated the importance of the role of the private sector in the water sector, and the need to enhance its participation in the development of the water sector and the provision of services to citizens.

Abu Saud also confirmed the Royal directives to accelerate the implementation of sustainable water projects. Jordan implemented the Disi Water Conveyance Project to secure 100 million cubic meters annually, “but the crisis of the flow of Syrian refugees has exacerbated the challenges, and we are currently working hard to accelerate the implementation of the national carrier project for desalination of Red Seawater with a capacity of 300 million cubic meters annually.”

He focused on the need to find solutions to common water issues between countries, considering them a real and dangerous challenge that threatens social and food stability among different countries that share basins and water sources.

Jordan’s experience in enhancing and developing water resources was reviewed by enhancing water harvesting from rainwater and building collective wells in institutions and homes, as well as building pits and dams. Officers were appointed to liaise with successful projects and present them at the 2024 General Water Conference to be held in Baghdad.

A report issued by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) drew attention to the importance of official negotiations concerning water during the COP 28 conference. Recognition of water is an increasingly important key factor in effective climate action.

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