05.07.2012 - UNESCO Office in Amman

Supporting the Ministry of Water and Irrigation in updating its strategic plan for the period 2012 – 2015


In continuation of UNESCO’s support to the Ministry of Water and Irrigation to update its strategic plan for the period 2012 – 2015, a 3-day training course for 28 specialists from the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, the Jordan Water Authority and Jordan Valley Authority was held from 3 – 5 July 2012. The training held in Amman is the first of a series of trainings aimed at optimizing working procedures, planning capacities and structures at the Ministry of Water and Irrigation.

During this first workshop, key planning personnel from the Ministry was trained on strategic planning concepts and tools. Participants were introduced to strategic planning terminology, tools for SWOT analysis, monitoring and evaluation systems for programming and planning and finally were familiarized with tools used for process optimization and interface management. The training course will be repeated from the 10th to the 12th of July and as a follow-up, in October the strategic planning system in place at the Ministry of Water and Irrigation will be updated.

Eng. Basem Telfah, the newly appointed Secretary General at the Ministry of Water and Irrigation stressed the importance of further developing strategic planning capacities at the Ministry. The goal is to create an enabling policy environment for sustainable water resources management – ensuring that everyone in Jordan and all economic sectors have access to sufficient and good quality water. He also stressed that the Ministry will carefully assess its resources and approaches in order to achieve its goal in the most effective and efficient way and against the background of a very precarious sector. At the end of this training series, the Ministry aims to have a set of robust goals, procedures and approaches at executive and operational level in order to effectively and efficiently work towards these goals.

Jordan is classified as one of the driest countries in the world. Water demand outstrips supply of water by approximately 200%. Climate change scenarios predict changing precipitation patterns or decreasing rainfall, which will further impact the already existing water scarcity.

The training was organized by the UNESCO Office in Amman 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 with the aim to accelerate the progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) worldwide. Under this fund, UNESCO together with UNDP, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), and the World Health Organization (WHO) is preparing Jordan on how to adapt to climate change.

For further information please contact Lama Al-Masalha, l.almasalha(at)unesco.org

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