Program tackles climate change challenges

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AMMAN — Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) is an intergovernmental program of innovation and scientific diplomacy launched by the European Union and 19 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean area, including Jordan, to face the challenges posed by climate change. اضافة اعلان

The program focuses on three main areas: efficient water supply, agriculture and sustainable food production. 

PRIMA is based on the principle of equal footing for all partners; all its projects include a minimum of three research teams from different participating countries. Since 2017, 129 projects have been funded through PRIMA, with a total budget of €164.1 million (JD130.8 million). 

The program is fostering cooperation among teams of scientists from different countries, including countries from the southern shore of the Mediterranean, and incorporates small and medium enterprises. 

Jordan, like the rest of the world, is already affected by many of the effects of climate change. As the ongoing UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) is showing, the change is already under way and countries, Jordan included, see their water, food security and economies threatened by this global development. 

The role of science and innovation is key to combatting the effects of climate change and this is where PRIMA proves its importance to all the Mediterranean countries. 

Fourteen Jordanian institutions and businesses already know about it and are involved in several PRIMA-funded projects.

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