The threat of climate change is growing, affecting in particular those countries most prone to drought and desertification. Jordan recognized this risk and has been taking active measures to combat the effects of climate change. Yet in highly exposed rural and agricultural communities, Jordan is missing out on a strategic partnership with women, who have a significant role to play in addressing climate change, building capacities for adaptation and strengthening local community resilience.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY With the Syria crisis entering its seventh year in 2017, Jordan is hosting some 1.266 million Syrians,1 of which 655,833 are registered as refugees.2 Providing for their needs, without jeopardizing Jordanian people, institutions and systems’ development gains and opportunities, has impacted heavily on Jordan’s finances, increasing government expenditures on subsidies, public services and security, while further compounding the negative economic consequences of regional instability.
The Syrian refugee crisis is increasing energy and water stresses in neighbouring countries like Jordan. International aid flows offer an opportunity to build long-term resilience to shortages.
Jordan has welcomed hundreds of thousands of refugees since it gained independence in 1946, with the majority of them successfully integrating into the country’s vibrant, peaceful society.
AMMAN -- Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Imad Fakhoury on Wednesday inaugurated a project to increase the resilience of poor and vulnerable communities to climate change impacts in Jordan through implementing innovative projects in water and agriculture in support of adaptation to climate change.
With the conflict in Syria entering its fifth year in 2015, Jordan is hosting 1.4 million Syrians, of whom 646,700 are refugees. Eighty-five per cent of refugees live outside camps in some of the poorest areas of the country, and a significant proportion are classified as extremely vulnerable. Approximately 23.5 per cent of all Syrian refugees are women, and almost 53 per cent are children, 18 per cent of whom are under five years of age.
4 December 2014 – The Jordanian government today endorsed a one-year program to consolidate all major national and international efforts to address the impacts of the Syria crisis in Jordan. The Plan is the first nationally-led effort of its kind, and embeds the refugee response into national development plans, helping to implement sustainable service delivery systems to better and more effectively meet the needs of both refugees and the Jordanian communities hosting them.
Ms. Khairia, a science teacher at the UNRWA girls’ school, took four of her students on visits to the Royal Scientific Society and the Jordanian Ministry of Agriculture, where they learned about conservation methods. Then she presented her students with a challenge: to reduce the amount of resources their own school uses.
“Jordan is one of the poorest countries when it comes to water resources”, she explained to her students. “By finding a way to reduce and reuse the water we consume, we can help in solving the water shortage.”
Wihdat refugee camp, Jordan
It’s been a big few weeks in Wihdat refugee camp in Amman, Jordan.
First, King Abdullah visited and announced measures to improve refugees’ quality of life in the camp, which is also known as Amman New Camp. And its football team once again won the right to represent Jordan in the Asian Football Confederation Cup next year.