National Workshop on IWRM and Adaptation to Climate Change in Jordan

May 26, 2016 to May 27, 2016
Dead Sea, Jordan
The National Workshop on IWRM and Adaptation to Climate Change in Jordan took place at the Dead Sea in Jordan on May 26-27, 2016.

The Workshop – which pulled together more than 40 participants from national and regional public authorities and agencies – was the stepping stone leading towards a series of workshops, trainings and activities in the Yarmouk River Basin demonstration site as well as at national and regional levels.

The Workshop was designed to accommodate a strong participatory approach; it used a dynamic methodology that interwove plenary sessions, thematic group sessions (on water demand management, water resources protection, and climate change monitoring and adaptation) and working groups on the assessment of inter-institutional cooperation and dialogue processes in Jordan. During the event, participants could gather vital data and information to be analysed and used in follow-up capacity-building activities.

The Workshop opened with a welcome note delivered by a representative from the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, who spoke on behalf of Mr. Ali Subah, secretary general for strategic planning. WATER SUM/WATER POrT project manager, Ms. Jovanka Ignjatovic, then set the stage for the day by introducing the workshop’s objectives and structure, before giving way to the three thematic group sessions.

The WATER POrT international experts presented implementation methodologies and options for each thematic group, and then worked together with group members to reach a common understanding of relevant information and metadata, and of how to use those most effectively to achieve project goals.

The conclusions were the result of all participants presenting outcomes arising from within each group, as well as from agreed data collection processes and templates. The open-floor format of the discussion also permitted participants from other thematic groups to comment and provide input for the draft outcome documents.

The “Inter-institutional Dialogue and Cooperation” session fostered both a horizontal and a vertical understanding of how different institutions have a common interest in working together — a concept that is central to the improved and sustainable use of available water resources, and to effectively linking hard skills (the “technical” side) with soft skills (the “dialogue” side) in order to achieve a balance between both.

Participants split into four small working groups. Each group was set up so that none included more than one expert from the same institution. Each group was asked to develop a SWOT analysis to contextualise and assess the status of inter-institutional dialogue and communication processes for IWRM and adaptation to climate change in Jordan’s water sector. Based on initial inputs received during the workshop, the project team will pinpoint traits common to multiple groups. Tools and methodologies that might help to overcome differences and conflicts of interest will be presented at future trainings.

The results of the WATER POrT photo competition in Jordan were also announced during a brief award ceremony.

Ms. Ignjatovic closed the event with a review of workshop conclusions, and outlined the next steps for future activities.

In addition to the participants providing initial, useful insight on how to improve inter-institutional collaboration, the workshop produced several positive outcomes, such as increased understanding of the issues, recommendations on how to make improvements, and constructive input on how to shape forthcoming activities that will focus in depth on water demand management, water resources protection and adaptation to climate change, as well as on how these themes intersect with cooperation and dialogue processes in the water sector.

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