Project to scale up innovation in water management launched in northern Jordan

(Photo: Handout from UNDP)
AMMAN — The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) launched a project on Wednesday for scaling up innovation in water management for climate security in northern Jordan. اضافة اعلان

The project was launched in Jerash, in the presence of Jerash governor, Firas Abu Qaoud, and representatives of government agencies, NGOs, the private sector and donors, a statement from UNDP said.

The project will be implemented over two years with the aim of strengthening the management of water resources in the governorates of Jerash and Mafraq, with a grant of $450,000 as part of the regional SDG Climate Facility project: Climate Action for Human Security in the Arab States, according to the statement.

“The project adopts an inclusive climate security approach, which goes beyond climate adaptation solutions in addressing the impacts of climate change, and in meeting the needs of Syrian refuges, and their host communities,” the statement said.

Moreover, it aims to develop mechanisms to strengthen local capacities in creating innovative change to water management.

It will capacitate innovative SMEs in the water sector to enhance an enabling local environment in the local market and contribute to the development of innovative solutions to realize water security. It will also contribute to achieving sustainable development through the creation of additional job opportunities for Syrian refugees and host communities in Mafraq and Jerash, according to the UNDP.

The full engagement of women at the community level in the activities of the project will be ensured, the statement said, adding that it can be replicated and scaled up for a longer-term sustainable development.

In his welcoming remarks, Abu Qaoud underlined the importance of the agriculture sector in supporting the economy of Jordan, meeting the local market needs of food as well as increasing Jordan’s exports. The Governor said the use of water in farms should be rationalized by reducing water waste so as to increase efficiency.

For his part, UNDP environment, climate change and disaster risk reduction team leader, Nidal Al-Oran, said that the UNDP supports a number of projects in the water sector that increase the resilience of the sector in addressing various challenges including the climate change.

In partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO, it is now implementing the first project funded by the Green Climate Fund GCF with $33.2 million to enhance climate resilience in Jordan by building the adaptation capacity of communities and institutions and increasing the efficiency of the water management systems, Oran added. 

During her remarks, Sujala Pant, chief technical adviser/project manager of the SDG Climate Security Project, highlighted that “climate change issues are not unique to Jordan. We have observed similar patterns in other Arab countries. We need to identify tailored climate-security solutions that respond to the needs of communities in both rural and urban contexts. And we need to do this through a whole-of-society approach, which creates partnerships across government, private sector, civil society organizations, and development partners.”

Meanwhile, Sida highlighted that the pilots under the SDG-Climate Facility are showcasing solutions for vulnerable communities to tackle the climate crisis and when possible bring in private investments for sustainability, according to the statement.

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