Food Security, Water and Climate - Jordan-en

Water and Climate

Jordan is one of the most water scarce countries in the world. Water availability is increasingly under pressure, notably due to climate change,  population growth and over exploitation of groundwater resources.

Acknowledging the social and economic consequences of Jordan’s water challenges, the Netherlands prioritizes water and climate in its development cooperation.  

The history of The Netherlands is inextricably linked with water. The Dutch have earned an international reputation for innovative solutions. Where possible, Dutch knowledge and expertise will be engaged, for example on water, agriculture and climate adaptation.
​​​​​​​Find out more about how water shaped The Netherlands, here: Story: The Netherlands and Water

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Objectives of our 'Water and Climate' programming in Jordan

The support of The Netherlands will help to alleviate the severe water scarcity in Jordan. As such, it will contribute to realising the objectives of the Jordanian government, including in the framework of the Jordanian National Water Strategy 2023-2040. The Netherlands’ programming is focused on contributing to the following four goals:

  1. Making additional (non-ground) water available, including for vulnerable people
    This is done by supporting the desalination of water and the increase of rainwater harvesting and wastewater treatment. In terms of deaslination, Dutch support will be geared towards the Aqaba Amman Water Desalination and Conveyance Project (AAWDCP).
  2. Strengthening integrated water management
    This is done by supporting the capacity building of relevant Jordanian institutions in the water sector in various fields, including on energy efficiency and use of renewable energy.​​​​​​
  3. Making agriculture water and climate smart
    This is done by supporting Jordanian agricultural entrepreneurs and businesses to reduce on-farm water use, increase water efficiency and promote alternative water sources for irrigation, such as treated waste water and harvested rainwater. ​​​​​​​
  4. Assisting Jordan in achieving its NDC climate ambitions
    ​​​​​​​In close coordination with the government of Jordan, The Netherlands will support exploring innovative finance options.