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Najjar outlines Jordan’s water security strategy for 2023-2040

By JT - Mar 16,2023 - Last updated at Mar 16,2023

Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Najjar speaks during the National Water Strategy 2023-2040 in Amman on Thursday (Petra photo)

AMMAN — The Ministry of Water and Irrigation on Thursday launched the National Water Strategy 2023-2040 to serve as a long-term plan to achieve water security in Jordan. 

The strategy outlines the government's goals and plans to achieve water security in line with His Majesty King Abdullah's vision, tackling issues such as water scarcity, population growth and climate change, said Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Najjar, deputising for the prime minister, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Noting that Jordan's per capita share of water currently stands at less than 61 cubic metres per year, Najjar highlighted Jordan's need for new water sources, optimal management of current water resources, water security and sustainable development.

Najjar noted that non-conventional water sources, including the National Water Carrier Project and wastewater treatment for agriculture, are essential components of Jordan's efforts to boost water supply and sustainability. 

He highlighted the potential of non-conventional water sources to decrease water loss, improve water supplies and provide water for industrial, agricultural, and tourism projects.

The minister emphasised the importance of building an effective management system, tackling climate change and minimising groundwater depletion. 

The strategy aims to reduce water losses, install modern smart meters and control systems and improve water sector governance, management and operation via modernising water sector institutions, streamlining processes and saving costs, he said.

USAID Mission Director, Sherry F. Carlin, along with German Deputy Ambassador to Jordan, Florian Reindel, both highlighted the strategy's importance in enhancing resource management and limiting water challenges.

Representatives from various ministries, the private sector, donors, academic institutions, and civil society organisations attended the ceremony. 

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