Our approach in the Mujib Reserve, Jordan

Wetlands International supports its partner organisation, the Jordan Royal Society for Conservation of Nature (RSCN), to work in the area of the Mujib River. The aim is to suport local communities to maintain one of the last permanent rivers of Jordan and to show that water use and pollution can be reduced without impacting the local economy.

RSCN works with support of Wetlands International on a less water intensive agriculture. By reducing ground and surfacewater extraction by farmers, the river can be sustained. RSCN also aims for reduced use of pesticides and fertiliser to maintain the water quality in the river. Finally, the project advises on a optimal dam managementto sustain water for the river throughout the year.

1)    RSCN is convinced that farms can become more profitable by growing medicinal plants and organic crops; thus also reducing the use of water, pesticides and fertilizers. For this, the project needs to show the profitability of these new crops and techniques. A demonstration farm is developed under this project. Around this farm, a whole range of outreach activities in the region are planned.

2)    Many authorities (Ministries dealing with water, agriculture, nature, local authorities, the dam manager)  bear a part of the responsibility for the Mujib River water. There is no really integrated approach. Representatives of these authorities are in the Advisory Committee for this project. A water dialogue aims to align these policies.

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Mujib Dam in Jordan