Dovetailing IWRM, water dialogue and climate change
On 25 October, the delegation met with Eng. Ali Subah, assistant secretary-general for strategic planning in the Ministry for Water and Irrigation (MWI), to take stock of project progress; discuss upcoming activities at local, national and regional levels; and build on identified synergies with other initiatives within the country and across the region.
Following the meeting with Eng. Subah, the team split into two groups along the lines of the WATER POrT and WaSe project components.
The WATER POrT expert group travelled to the selected demonstration site – the Yarmouk River Basin – to spend time with actors in the water sector and to investigate monitoring points and stations located within the basin. The diversity of topography within such a relatively small area leads to a great variability in climate, making it a prime demonstration site for dovetailing integrated water resources management (IWRM) methodologies with climate change adaptation solutions.
Water supply and distribution and consumer awareness and expectations were at the heart of a lively discussion with local experts and managers at the Yarmouk Water Company’s headquarters in Irbid. Learning more about existing pollution risks was the driver for visiting a protected water resource within the basin: the Ain Rahoub spring located about 5 km northeast of Irbid. The next stop was the state-of-the-art Wadi Shallala Wastewater Treatment Plant.
On October 29, a rundown meeting with the MWI’s experts provided an opportunity for discussing outcomes and for polishing and capping the envisaged actions. Finally, on November 1, the team met with NGO and national media representatives reporting on environmental matters to pore over the communication and visibility plan and to set the stage for guaranteeing an inclusive participatory approach, as well as for planning awareness-raising activities for citizens.