Water management project launched in Jerash, Mafraq

Al-Birketein Jerash
The two pools of Al-Birketein are picture in these undated photos, in the present-day city of Jerash. (Photo: Ahmad Bani Mustafa/Jordan News)
AMMAN — The UNDP and Sweden’s international development agency on Monday launched a water management project in Jerash.

The project aims to scale up water innovation and management in northern Jordan, according to a statement from UNDP. The project was launched in Jerash but will target both Jerash and Mafraq governorates over two years with the help of a $450,000 grant from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).اضافة اعلان

The statement added that the project adopts an “inclusive climate security approach” to help address the impacts of climate change, and in meeting the needs of Syrian refuges, and their host communities.

The project aims to support SMEs in the water sector and realize water security, as well as create job opportunities for Syrian refugees and host communities in Mafraq and Jerash, according to the statement.

In remarks made during the launch ceremony, the Governor of Mafraq Yaser Al-Odwan stressed the importance of finding solutions to the political, economic, and social challenges that are facing the Kingdom, mainly those related to climate and water, in order to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He added that cooperation is key to achieving the objectives of the project. 

The Swedish Ambassador to Jordan Alexandra Rydmark also attended the event, saying that “Sweden is proud to support the implementation of the resilience pilot in a second governorate in Jordan after its’ inception in Jerash in June. This pilot project shows that many of the Sustainable Development goals can be included in one project.”

The project aims to engage with local communities to practical and entrepreneurial solutions to improve water supply and promote responsible water resource management, the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Jordan Majida Al-Assaf, said in the statement.

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