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Tools for » Adaptation to Climate Change to Sustain Jordan’s MDG Achievements
Project ID:00067143Description:MDGF-1646-E-JOR Adaptation to
Fund:
MDG Achievement Fund
Start Date *: 2 Oct 2007
Theme:
MDGF Environ Climate Chg
End Date*: 28 Feb 2013
Country: Jordan Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple
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Overview:

The Joint Programme helped the Jordan government develop a national strategy for sustained access to improved water supply sources in the face of increased water scarcity induced by climate change, and to strengthen adaptive capacity for health protection and food security as a result of climate change. The first outcome involved securing an adequate and sustainable water supply for domestic use, including identifying a minimum water requirement for health. The second outcome targeted food security by the allocating a safe alternative water supply and strengthening adaptive capacity of the agriculture and health sectors.

Under outcome 1 the JP completed the implementation of Water Safety Plans (WSPs) as a risk management approach to protect drinking water safety in 5 pilot areas. Additionally, the results of the minimum water requirements for health protection survey will be made public and will provide some evidence needed to update policies related to water requirements.

Under Outcome 2, the capacity to adapt to climate change in the area of food security was strengthened through the identification and dissemination of climate resilience techniques (conservation agriculture) and the development of a more resilient and productive wheat variety. A pilot model farm reusing treated wastewater was expected to be completed 2013 and used for training and demonstration purposes. Interventions at different levels enhanced the capacities of local communities, youths, decision makers and professionals to adapt.

The National Adaptation Strategy and Plan of Action to Protect Health from climate change was completed. A steering committee was formed to oversee the mainstreaming of climate change adaptation strategies within the Ministry of Health and strategies for 6 health areas were developed: heat waves, nutrition, water and food-borne disease, vector-borne disease, occupational health, air-borne and respiratory disease.

The establishment of the International Center for Water and Environmental Research at Al Balqa Applied University guarantees continued research in the area of climate change and on its impact on health and food security under water scarcity conditions.

 

Outcome 1:

Sustained access to improved water supply sources despite increased water scarcity induced by climate change.

 

Outcome Achievements:

  • Current status of drinking water quality (DWQ) management systems and pertinent legislations has been assessed with stakeholders’ consultation. DWQMS is completed and the final report submitted.
  • Water Safety Plans (WSP) were implemented in 5 target areas.
  • Training of Trainers plan and training content on DWQMS and WSP management designed, and plans for institutionalization are ongoing.
  • Critical laboratory equipment procured and installed in Ministry of Health (MOH) water testing labs to secure adequate readiness through the surveillance function within the new water quality management system.
  • Supported National counterparts to develop a road map for scale-up and sustainability.
  • The report on the “Minimum Households' Water Security Requirements for Health Protection” was completed. It provided evidence on the minimum household water quantity to be supplied to ensure good health. The report included recommendations for the development of policies related to drinking water safety and protection of health.

 

Outcome 2:

Strengthened adaptive capacity for health protection and food security to climate change under water scarce conditions.

 

Outcome Achievements:

  • Risk assessment inventory on the impact of climate change on food security and crop productivity was conducted and the potential constraints (risks) were identified. Mechanisms to overcome or alleviate the effect of these constraints were identified, tested and prioritized.
  • Climate change adaptation options and improvements of crop productivity were identified and tested.
  • Training manuals were developed on climate change adaptation measures to increase food production.
  •  Designed and executed a national community awareness campaign.
  • Adaptation measures in agriculture were identified. Some of these measures are already being implemented by farmers (conservation agriculture practices).
  • The International Center for Water and Environmental Research at Al Balqa Applied University was established and is now providing expertise and research in the area of climate change.
  • Capacities of many stakeholders from different levels were enhanced through the implementation of training programmes on Environmental Impact Assessment, on ground water modeling, on urban water harvesting and on climate change modeling.
  • The National Adaptation Strategy and Plan of Action to Protect Health from climate change was completed. A steering committee was formed to oversee the mainstreaming of climate change adaptation strategies within the Ministry of Health and strategies for 6 health areas were developed: heat waves, nutrition, water and food-borne disease, vector-borne disease, occupational health, air-borne and respiratory disease.
  • Socio economical impacts of climate change on water resources assessed, assessment tool for prioritization of all possible adaptation to climate change interventions was developed and tested.

 

Best Practices:

  • Academia and research centers were involved in researching the WSP and water quality issues, groundwater modeling, adaptation prioritization tools, decentralized wastewater management options, and on farm best Management practices.
  • Local communities and government staff were trained on different aspects of the piloting schemes.
  • NGOs were involved in training many of the beneficiaries and stakeholders on management, operation, and maintaining some intervention tools and practices when needed and warranted.

 

Lessons Learned:

  • There is a need to better align management and implementation modalities among UN agencies when they are involved in a joint programme. This cannot be done at the country level, it needs to be done at the headquarters level.
  • It is imperative to define an inception phase to review the design and engage stakeholders. Any changes to the programme strategy, management arrangements, monitoring framework and participation of stakeholders should be documented in an inception report and endorsed by management.
  • An early involvement of stakeholders leads to good national ownership of achievements/results. It also contributes to more effective implementation and a better potential for long-term impact and sustainability.
  • Procedures to develop such programmes/projects need to include stronger guidelines to address/identify sustainability measures at the design stage as well as a strategy on how capacities will be developed with a focus on the enabling environment as part of a holistic approach to develop the required capacities and to produce the desired change. 

 

More details can be found in the documents below. 

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