Surface Water Utilization Policy 2016

Tags: Water supply and sanitation Water Conservation

Jordan is a nation burdened with extreme water scarcity that has always been one of the biggest
barriers to our economic growth and development. This crisis situation has been aggravated by a
population increase that has doubled in the last two decades alone because of refugees fleeing to
Jordan from neighboring countries. We must then add to this the transboundary and climate
change issues affecting Jordan’s water supplies.
In the face of these challenges, and to achieve our goal of successful integration of Jordan’s
water resources management, the Ministry of Water and Irrigation has been active in putting
forward new policies that set clearly defined rules to manage the scarce water resources
efficiently and sustainably. These new policies lay out the measures and actions required to
achieve our national goals for long-term water security. These result-oriented policies are built
upon and updated from previously adopted strategies, policies, and plans. Together, they are an
integral and ongoing part of the overall management efforts that have already been achieved.
This policy is the result of the efforts of working group to whom I am thankful. My team has
been putting great efforts to enhance water governance that support these policies at all levels,
which include enforcement of a suitable legal framework and regulatory tools, enhancing
efficient institutional capacities, and supporting dynamic management plans that adapt the
concepts of participation and decentralizations all under the umbrella of Integrated Water
Resource Management which I am sure will show results in the near future.
Dr. Hazim El -Naser
Minister of Water and Irrigation

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