RSS works closely with ministries to mitigate climate change impact

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AMMAN — Jordan’s developmental achievements are under threat due to the negative impact of climate change, which directly and indirectly affects various socioeconomic aspects of life, most notably water supply, and food and health security as it threatens biodiversity, increases desertification, and contributes to the destruction of arable land and consequently the quantity and quality of crops, according to a press release by the Royal Scientific Society (RSS).اضافة اعلان

The RSS, through its Climate Change Studies Division, in cooperation with a number of stakeholders, seek to contribute to the development of a scientifically informed methodology to address climate change through building the capacities of local communities and institutions in the public and private sectors.

The manager of Climate Change Studies division at the RSS, Ruba Ajjour, said in a statement on Tuesday that climate change is already affecting all aspects of life and is expected to negatively impact the country’s development and economic growth, noting that this matter needs systematic efforts and well planned climate action.

Ajjour indicated that the division cooperates closely with stakeholders from line ministries, international organizations, civil society institutions, universities, and schools to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The division has worked on the implementation of several projects; some of which were in the form of applied pilot projects, and others were carried out in the form of technical support and capacity-building as well as analysis and preparation of national reports.

On addressing greenhouse gas emissions, Ajjour explained that the division, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and the support of UNDP, has prepared Jordan’s first and second Biennial Update Reports on climate change which included national inventories of greenhouse gas emissions of all economic activities in all sectors. The results of these reports are used as a base when preparing national sectoral strategies and when evaluating projects submitted for international funding.

With the support of the German Agency for International Cooperation, the division has provided technical support to the Ministry of Environment on the analysis of available mitigation scenarios to be included in the updated version of Nationally Determined Contributions. This document was officially submitted to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat in which Jordan announced its intention to reduce 31 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors by 2030.

The division has also worked with the Information Technology Centre at RSS with the support of the World Bank to implement the Measurement, Reporting and Verification system (MRV) which is a computerized national system that links several ministries and institutions with the Ministry of Environment. The MRV system aims at tracking greenhouse gas emission reduction for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in order to develop national periodic reports for the Ministry of Environment to monitor the implementation of climate related plans.

In the agricultural sector, the division, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Planning and through the support of the Adaptation Fund, has implemented a project to strengthen the resilience of the communities working in agriculture to mitigate the impact of climate changes. This was done through conducting training workshops in the Jordan Valley and Wadi Musa and through providing support to small projects with the aim of changing the crop pattern to better adapt to climate change.

Ajjour also stated that the division, in cooperation with the Information Technology Center at RSS, has developed an early warning system in the form of a mobile application and a web platform to enable farmers to access information about expected extreme weather events in order to be better prepared and to take the necessary precautions to protect their crops. The information reaches users through the application in the form of warning messages, providing practical measures and best practices under those weather conditions.

Ajjour highlighted the fact that Jordan is among the first countries in the region that was quick to realize the importance of having a comprehensive action plan and full cooperation among all sectors to address the impact of climate change.

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