Press Release

FAO conducts a workshop on water efficiency and sustainability

10 October 2022

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), launched today the first day of the final workshop of the project “Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Water Efficiency/Productivity and Water Sustainability in NENA countries” funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) to discuss with national key stakeholders the main findings of the implemented activities under different components in the country.

The workshop was under the patronage of his Excellency Mr. Mohammad Najjar, Minister of Water and Irrigation with the participation of the national stakeholders involved in the project implementation from the Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI), Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), National Agricultural Research Center (NARC), Jordan Valley Authority (JVA),  Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ), Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR), Ministry of Environment (MoE),  Jordanian Department of statistics (DOS), the University of Jordan, NGO (WADI). In addition to the local community based associations and international partners.

The objectives of this final workshop is to present a summary of findings of the project’s on-ground and capacity-building activities carried out since 2017, agree on the action plan for the institutionalization of different project approaches and the adoption of the various national concerned institutions, share experiences and lessons learnt through the presentation of case studies and projects and develop an exit strategy and formulate a sustainability plan to be adopted after the handover of the project. Furthermore, the workshop paves the way to more regional and global cooperation towards the establishment of a regional dialogue and stimulate discussions among participants leading to the creation of a working groups in areas of common interest between different national institutions.

On behalf of H.E the Minister of Water and Irrigation, the Secretary General Dr. Jehad Almahameed stressed on the importance and the benefits of such projects in identifying all available water resources and quantities, and monitoring and water losses for more efficient use of water and for sustainable water management.

FAO Representative in Jordan, Eng. Nabil Assaf, said, “The countries of the region including Jordan need to strategically plan their water resources management and allocation, review their water, food security and energy policies, formulate effective investment plans, modernize governance and institutions and account for transboundary surface and groundwater. He added, “Jordan and the countries in the region need to adopt good practices to ensure alignment with the imperatives of setting the sustainable limits of water consumption and making the best use of each single drop of water, including the use of non-conventional water sources. Therefore, the adoption of an analytical framework on the water-food-energy-climate-ecosystem nexus will be instrumental to such strategic planning through the coordination between sectors and countries.”

The Assistant Secretary-General for Agricultural Extension at the MoA, Eng. Baker Balawneh appreciated FAO’s continuous support and highlighted the importance of Farmers Field Schools in contributing to farmers' knowledge and education.

Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Water Efficiency/Productivity and Water Sustainability in NENA Countries” is a regional project implemented by FAO under the Water Scarcity Initiative. The project promotes the 2030 Agenda for Water Efficiency/Productivity by supporting eight countries (including Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia) to strategically manage and allocate water resources by integrating water, food security and energy policies. In Jordan, the WEPS-NENA project is being implemented between 2017 and 2022 in collaboration with the Ministry of Water and Irrigation and the Ministry of Agriculture, in addition to several national stakeholders, local community and international organizations.

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