20.07.2012 - UNESCO Office in Amman

Developing capacities in integrated water resources management

A five-day training course on integrated water resources management was held in Amman from 15 – 19 July 2012. The objective of the training was to introduce water management techniques and tools for newly appointed staff of the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, the Jordan Water Authority and Jordan Valley Authority.

According to Jordan’s Water Strategy, Jordan is one of the four driest countries in the world. Jordan's Second National Communication (SNC) report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) released in 2009, rising temperatures will lead to a decrease in surface runoff. There is a pressing need to develop national capacities in the field of water management in Jordan: “this training provides the participants with the necessary skills to better understand the effects of climate change and the integrated water resources management tools and applications needed for an improved management of the scarce water resources in Jordan” commented one of the trainers. The training was divided into six models and focused on water resources assessment, integrated water resources management tools and methodologies, integrated water resources management in agriculture and GIS in integrated water resources management.

The activity was organized by UNESCO Amman Office as part of the joint UN programme “Adaptation to climate change to sustain Jordan’s MDG achievement” of the MDG Achievement Fund. The MDG Achievement Fund is an international cooperation mechanism whose aim is to accelerate progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) worldwide. Under this fund, in Jordan, UNESCO together with three UN organizations -UNDP, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), and the World Health Organization (WHO) - is part of a joint UN programme to enhance Jordan’s capacity to adapt to climate change.

For further information please contact Lama Al-Masalha, l.almasalha@unesco.org

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