Water scarcity in Jordan is severe due to the climate change and the semi-arid climate of the country, compounded with high population growth rates (doubling of population 2004-2015, 9.5 million in 2015). As a result, the annual per capita shares of renewable freshwater resources are being less than 60 m3.
In addition, the urbanization and improved standards of living have brought about increasing municipal and industrial demands for water. The reduction of recharge to the groundwater sources and the increase of storm water flows contributed to the loss of water yields to groundwater and the lack of natural infiltration areas.
As the necessity of Natural Water Retention Measures (NWRM) is prominent for the exploitation of the surplus water and the mitigation of flooding effects, the EU funded WES Project is implementing an activity in the country; aiming at designing the basic infrastructure of the NWRM in two pilot areas in Jordan (one in a peri-urban area and another one in rural/natural areas) and review the existing economic incentives and regulations with the aim to support and amplify storm water management in the country.
Within this context, WES project is organizing a national stakeholders’ Consultation Workshop in Jordan on “Storm Water Management and NWRM”. The Workshop will be held on 21 December 2021 in Amman Jordan, following two field visits for spot proofing of the two proposed pilot sites in Amman and Azraq areas (19-20 December 2021).