First WATER SUM workshop
The first WATER SUM workshop was held in Jordan, at the Dead Sea Spa Hotel, on March 15 and 16, 2015. It provided a platform for discussion between practitioners and stakeholders from the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, the Water Authority of Jordan, the Jordan Valley Authority, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, as well as representatives of the Hashemite Fund for the Development of Jordan Badia, the Royal Scientific Society, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Mutah University, and international organizations including the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Sustainable Environment and Energy Solutions (SEES), Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA), and Land and Human to Advocate Progress (LHAP).
The objectives of the workshop were to provide an opportunity for sharing knowledge on water problems and challenges in the country, and to identify appropriate solutions and implementation activities.
During the workshop session on the WATER POrT component of the WATER SUM project, participants worked together to compile a list of specific implementation activities and selected potential pilot basins in the country. The activities were divided according to four objectives: to improve knowledge about integrated water resources management; to promote adaptation measures; to support dialogue between stakeholders at various levels; and to involve NGOs and CSOs in water management decision-making processes.
The workshop was very successful and the outcomes will contribute to activities on the ground during the implementation phase.