UN Joint Project on Adaptation to Climate Change
In line with Millennium Development Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability, UNESCO Office Amman will be participating in a joint UN programme funded by the Spanish Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Fund to enhance Jordan’s capacity to adapt to climate change. Four partnering organizations, UNESCO, UNDP, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), and World Health Organization (WHO), will implement this $4 million project over a period of three years (2009 – 2011).
Jordan has one of the lowest levels of water resource availability, per capita, in the world. The Initial National Communication (INC) to the United Nations Framework Convention to Climate Change (UNFCCC) shows that Jordan will witness a rise in temperature, drop in rainfall, reduced ground cover, reduced water availability, heat-waves, and more frequent dust storms over the next three decades. The Second National Communication (SNC) to the UNFCCC identifies water as a priority area.
Jordan's remarkable development achievements are currently under threat due to the crippling water scarcity, which is expected to be aggravated by climate change. Managing and maximizing the use of this scarce resource, in the face of climate constraints and rapid population growth, is a top priority of the Jordanian government and UNESCO’s International Hydrological programme (IHP). UNESCO Office Amman will work closely with the Ministry of Water and Irrigation in Jordan, IHP National Committee in Jordan, partner universities, and the Ministry of Education to achieve the objectives of the joint project:
- improve integrated water resources management in arid and semi arid areas.
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- develop a cooperative framework on criteria for the sustainable management of shared water resources, including transboundary resources.
This project falls under the environment and climate change thematic windows and aligns with the priority area of enhancing capacity to adapt to climate change. The overall project aims to compliment the National Agenda that sets the country’s development vision as well as the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2008 – 2012).
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