Community based adaptation options for climate change impacts on water resources: The case of Jordan

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Hammouri Nezar ; Al-Qinna Mohammad ; Salahat Mohammad ; Adamowski Jan ; Prasher Shiv O. (2015)
  • Publisher: Sciendo
  • Journal: Journal of Water and Land Development (issn: 2083-4535)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1515/jwld-2015-0013
  • Subject: adaptation | climate change | Jordan | water resources | adaptacja | Jordania | zasoby wodne | zmiany klimatu | River, lake, and water-supply engineering (General) | TC401-506

A strategic vision to ensure an adequate, safe and secure drinking water supply presents a challenge, particularly for such a small country as Jordan, faced with a critical supply-demand imbalance and a high risk of water quality deterioration. In order to provide sustainable and equitable long-term water management plans for the future, current and future demands, along with available adaptation options should be assessed through community engagement. An analysis of available water resources, existing demands and use per sector served to assess the nation’s historic water status. Taking into account the effect of both population growth and rainfall reduction, future per sector demands were predicted by linear temporal trend analysis. Water sector vulnerability and adaptation options were assessed by engaging thirty five stakeholders. A set of weighed-criterions were selected, adopted, modified, and then framed into comprehensive guidelines. A quantitative ratio-level approach was used to quantify the magnitude and likelihood of risks and opportunities associated with each proposed adaptation measure using the level of effectiveness and severity status. Prioritization indicated that public awareness and training programs were the most feasible and effective adaptation measures, while building new infrastructure was of low priority. Associated barriers were related to a lack of financial resources, institutional arrangements, and data collection, sharing, availability, consistency and transparency, as well as willingness to adapt. Independent community-based watershed-vulnerability analyses to address water integrity at watershed scale are recommended.
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