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Philippines: Mindanao State University Adopts Islamic Environmental Sourcebook

March 28, 2010

06/03/2008 –

The pioneering sourcebook on environment management – the result of the collective efforts of scholars, clerics and local government officials in Muslim Mindanao – is well on the way to becoming a standard training and learning tool in the region.

The sourcebook titled Al Khalifa (The Steward) went through a series of consultations and workshops, with the religious leaders in Western Mindanao playing the key role, and was positively welcomed by local government units in the region. It seeks “to enable Muslims to be involved in environmental governance through a clearer understanding and better appreciation of their responsibilities and accountabilities as prescribed by Islam.”

Al Khalifa was developed by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Philippine Environmental Governance (EcoGov) Project, working with Muslim community leaders, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, educators, and Qur’anic experts from Western Mindanao.

In a workshop hosted by Cotabato City, DENR-ARMM and EcoGov on May 21, representatives of academe, ARMM LGUs, and development projects agreed to work for the adoption of Al Khalifa as a standard guide for all environmental governance initiatives.

One of the recommendations of the group was to draft an executive order for the ARMM Governor which will direct the regional offices of DENR, DA/BFAR, DepEd, Bureau of Madaris, and local government units to integrate Al Khalifa principles and teachings in their work. It was also recommended that a similar EO be issued by the Mayor of Cotabato City.

The Act for Peace, a Mindanao-based project, will integrate environment concerns in their training modules for peace advocates, guided by the book. The Cotabato-based Action Against Hunger committed to use Al Kahilfa teachings in their IEC campaign.

Other workshop participants included the Mindanao State University (MSU), Accelerated Teachers Education Program (ATEP) of Notre Dame University in Cotabato City, and the Philippine Muslim Women Council from Marawi City.

In an earlier meeting on May 14, the MSU core group discussed the development of syllabi and modules based on the Al Khalifa sourcebook, to be used by students, mentors, and religious leaders. The materials will be translated to various languages and replicated in all MSU campuses in Mindanao. MSU is expected to play a crucial role as service provider for local governments in the field of environmental management, where it can propound both technical aspects and moral principles in leadership and governance.

The EcoGov Project is helping LGUs in ecologically critical areas in Mindanao manage their forest and coastal resources, and their solid waste and wastewater. With Al Khalifa providing guidance, they hope that environmental programs will be carried out more effectively in Muslim communities.

This piece is taken from the website of the Philippine Environmental Governance Project.

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Muslims Concerns for the World Environment

March 26, 2010

• In today’s Western-dominated global order, conspicuous consumption has become of the highest order. Money, or as the modern world has contrived it, has assumed the characteristics of a virus that eats into the fabric of the planet. The consequence of this has become the global environmental degradation that we have become sadly witness to. From the pollutants that choke the air we breathe and seas we travel to the dark threat that global warming presents, the situation of the environment and its rectification has become a priority for many. From the embattled cries of environmentalists to the staged drama productions of politicians, many have presented solutions and amongst the plethora of ideas and case scenarios, initiatives have been undertake to reverse the damage caused to the environment. Though some have a cause for optimism, there are many who share disquiet that not enough is being done. With this is mind, concerned Muslims should now be presenting the solution that was bequeathed to them 14 centuries ago, a radical, world-changing force that can restore the balance between man and nature – Islam.

An Emerging Response
In our current situation a practical expression of Islam has now become severely attenuated, having been swept aside into a domain that treats the natural world exclusively as an exploitable resource. As what we understand by modernity advanced, as the secular ethic progressively seeped into the Muslim psyche and as industrial developments, economic indicators and consumerism became the governing parameters of society there has been a corresponding erosion of the Muslim perception of the holistic way Islam solves problems and a withering understanding of the sacred nexus between the human community and the rest of the natural order.
So what is the Islamic understanding? The planetary system, the earth and its ecosystems, all work within their own limits and tolerances. Islamic teaching likewise set limits to human behaviour as a control against excess. In essence, Islam describes an integrated code of behaviour which deals with personal hygiene, at one end of the spectrum, to our relationship with the natural order at the other. This is including inter alia family law, civil law, commercial law and environmental law. Regarding environmental law, Islamic jurisprudence contains regulations concerning the conservation and allocation of scarce water resources; it has rules for the conservation of land with special zones of graded use; it has special rules for the establishment of rangelands, wetlands, green belts and also wildlife protection and conservation.
The concern for the environment is instilled in every level of society, when the Qur’an uses an environmental theme in exhorting mankind to be moderate –
“it is He who produces gardens, both cultivated and wild, and palm trees and crops of diverse kinds and olives and pomegranates both similar and dissimilar. Eat of their fruits when they bear fruits and pay their dues on the days of their harvest, and do not be profligate. He does not love the profligate” (Holy Qur’an 6:142)
– This applies to Muslims in their personal and societal sphere. So they would be careful not to litter unduly nor would they ignore requests to effectively utilise recycling units in their community. From its earliest years the Islamic Caliphate (state) had an established agency known as the hisba whose specific task was to protect the people through promoting the establishment of good and forbidding the wrong-doing. This agency is headed by a Qadi Hisba who functions like a chief inspector of weights and measures, as well as a chief public health officer rolled into one. In a modern sense this could also be described as an environmental inspectorate, checking that local businesses are complying with stringent pollution control methods.
There is a restricted right to public property.
• Abuse of rights is prohibited and penalized.
• There are rights to the benefits derived from natural resources held in common.
• Scarce resource utilization is controlled.
• People who reclaim or revive land have a right to ownership.
• Land grants may be made by the state for reclamation and development.
• Land may be leased for its usufruct by the state for its reclamation and development.
• Special reserves (hima) may be established by the state for use as conservation zones.
• The state may establish inviolable zones (al-hareem) where use is prohibited or restricted.
These are only a few examples of the legislative principles that would be institutionalised in an Islamic model. But what of environmental changes that transcend the boundaries of nation states? This can be no better exemplified than with global warming, an issue that highlights the true inability if western models to propound any meaningful solution, but given a chance to the Islamic model, could well be our last hope.

Global Warming
Withholding from citing extreme examples, the discussion on global warming and its effects, has taken a front seat in the prologue of human endeavours that alter the face of our planet. A catalogue of possible catastrophes has been presented repeatedly by workshops, conferences, summits and even big-budget Hollywood films. Even though there are some circles that dismiss global warming as a scientific fallacy or a product of estranged environmentalists hell-bent on having their way, there is a growing body of evidence pointing to actual anthropogenic changes that are altering the chemistry of the atmosphere. [Interesting to note is that the skeptics of global warming are largely from institutes that originate in the US, who are also funded by Exxon Mobil].
In response to this growing concern, many of the world’s nations have tried for the past two decades to find a resolution to this problem. Through many stalled conferences, finally a framework was devised that would be the starting point for world healing to begin – the much vaunted Kyoto Treaty.
Optimists praise the treaty for being a beginning, a beginning that could save our grandchildren. Sadly it’s a beginning that’s been crippled from the start, as it is, the future of the treaty shows little chance of it walking, let alone racing for the future. Behind the glaze of statistics, the desired result of the Kyoto protocol is to only reduce greenhouse gas emissions for ratified countries to 1% percent below 1990 levels (and this would only be an attempt to ‘stabilize’ the atmosphere). This ignores the fact that two of the fastest developing countries – India and China – are not included in the framework. While the largest producer of greenhouse gases in the world, the US, has decided to not even ratify the treaty. Not surprising, as US policy is no stranger to being a danger to humanity, in fact any act of altruism by the US would come as a shock to many. Still the question remains as to how the problem of global warming can be resolved.
Fortunately, technical solutions exist that can drastically reduce our output of gases that have a high global warming potential. Advanced gas scrubbers and carbon capture units can be retro-fitted to thermal (fossil-fuel) plants. While matured renewable energy power plants in the form of wind and solar can sufficiently help reduce the base-load demand of even the most industrialised of nations. With further research and investment, upcoming renewable energy technologies in the form of marine current turbines, wave power and the sustained use of bio-energy could solve world energy woes and provide an effective strategy to the near elimination of greenhouse gases. Unfortunately, much of this is still not being realised. Even with heightened interest in renewable technologies, progress is still seen as achingly slow, especially in relation to those who even have a passing interest in saving the world. Primarily the problem lies with how nations view how great a necessity it is solve the crisis of global warming. As it stands, even with the enforcement of the Kyoto Protocol and the introduction of Carbon taxes and Green levies, the overriding factor has been economic concerns. Since profits form the motive in investment, many have relegated renewable energy technologies to the sidelines, as the technologies are new, seen as capital intensive and viewed as not having the security of supply that fossil fuels have.
But even in Capitalist states, (perceived) vital issues often take precedence even if economic sanctity is at stake. Two simple examples can illustrate this. The defence budget of many Western nations and the nuclear industry. Despite demonstrating that it has “No Capability”, the US’s ‘Star Wars’ program has an annual budget of nearly $10 billion, a tenth of this amount would be required to power the city of London through wind turbines alone. While the UK in the middle of the last century faced with a growing energy shortage due to the expanse of its industries, resorted to the costly building of nuclear power plants. Even during the 80’s the British government provided subsidies to the tune of £6 billion (through the Non Fossil Fuel Obligation) to the ailing nuclear industry. Profit was not a concern since energy production was viewed as a state enterprise, providing a pressing need demanded and required by the people.
If we take global warming to be the result of rapid industrialization with the sole concern of profit making. If we say that there exist technologies and techniques that allow the development of clean low-emission industrial development, but they just cost more. Then we say that the Islamic approach is to adopt the more costly but cleaner technologies as capitalism is not the basis of Islamic thinking.

There may be some of you who are reading this article, wondering why some of the contentious issues raised have been given such a brief treatment. This article was not meant to be an elaborate articulation, indeed we will hopefully have occasion for that later. Rather, its scope was meant to widen the debate on how mankind is to approach the pressing problems the world faces, more so it is meant for us to take a fresh evaluation in this approach. Arguably, global warming is not the only threat we face from our own actions and inactions; AIDS, Malaria and dire poverty are just a few of the global tragedies that nations have failed to resolve despite the resources, expertise and wealth which exist in abundance.
There used to be a schizoid tendency in Muslim societies whereby it strove to maintain its deep attachment to Islam, but it persisted in tasting the fruits of the current order. With praise to the All-Mighty this is now changing, with a growing consensus amongst Muslim masses that the ruling by Islamic governance is a command they have ignored for far too long.

Saad Mannan, Reading University

This piece is taken from the website of Imam Reza Network. 

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The Jordanian Network for Environmentally Friendly Industries (JNEFI) – Programmes

March 25, 2010

The Jordan Cleaner Production Program (JCPP)

 Triggered by JNEFI’s success, FOEs launched in 2002 the Jordan Cleaner Production Program (JCPP).

JCPP, headed by His Royal Highness Prince Firas Bin Raad, signifies the debut of a new future for Jordanian SME’s and will be in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

This program is based on building national alliances between nine governmental, semi governmental and non-governmental institutions.

DELTA Jordan Prgramme

To expand JNEFI’s services, to facilitate the information exchange between the Jordanian Industries and the International industries around the world and to answer the environmental expectations of the Jordanian industrialists, JNEFI had became part of the DELTA Programme (
Developing Environmental Leadership Towards Action) on 2000.



The DELTA Networks are operating in: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey. During the last 8 years of activity, the DELTA Programme (Developing Environmental Leadership Towards Action) saw the establishment of DELTA Networks in each of the countries concerned and assured the good operation of their structure on a national level.The DELTA Networks gather the most pro-active industrialists in an environmental perspective that act concretely in their own company with the help of their staff towards better working and environmental conditions.

EJADA’s grant was provided in response to the urgent need, which is to build the FOE/JNEFI capacity in order to further develop and strengthen the JCPP, FOE/JNEFI has taken on the responsibility to upgrade and build the necessary capacity of the JNEFI.


It is clear that building up such capacity will create a certain high standard of performance within JNEFI staff, which ultimately makes JNEFI’s task of providing the necessary services easy to achieve. This will be made possible by strengthening the technical infrastructure at the FOEs/JNEFI.
This piece is taken from the website of The Jordanian Network for Environmentally Friendly Industries (JNEFI).

The Jordanian Network For Environmentally Friendly Industries (JNEFI) – About JNEFI

March 25, 2010

The first such network in Jordan and in fact in the Middle East, The Friends of Environment Society (FOES) established this network in 1999, whose goal is assisting Industries to become more Environmentally Friendly, while still growing economically.

This network is a non-profit and non-governmental network that includes small medium and heavy industries that are seeking to find economical solutions to their environmental problems.

JNEFI’s Goals
  • Promote awareness of the economical and environmental benefits of environmental technologies and services as a means to achieve consumer satisfaction.
  • Provide information and advice on Jordanian environmental legislation, R&D funding and market opportunities.
  • Promote environmental standards, which enhance the industry’s competitiveness in local, regional and international markets.
  • Conduct internal environmental reviews, and encourage members to reduce environmental risk and promote sustainable development.
  • Create a network of local environmentally friendly industries and encourage the exchange of experience with other similar network.
JNEFI’s Services
  • Cleaner Production services.
  • Newsletter, twice a year.
  • Regional; and International Exchange.
  • Access to the Jordanian Cleaner Production Program (JCPP).
  • A Forum for environmentally friendly industries to meet and exchange information.
  • Create forum for SMEs to exchange vital information.
JNEFI’s Benefits
  • Exchange of information and experience between members.
  • Providing access to Clean Technologies and innovation.
  • Collaboration with other national and international organizations in areas of common interest; such as training and consulting services.
  • Providing a review for Information sharing with industries and other stakeholders such as (audiences, including shareholders, employees, customers, governments, and the public sector).
  • Facilitating access to environmental funds and research institutions

This piece is taken from the website of The Jordanian Network For Environmentally Friendly Industries  (JNEFI).

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Al Urdun Al Jadid Research Center (UJRC) – Jordanian Environmental Watch Program

March 24, 2010

JEWP In Brief

By the beginning of the year 2000, UJRC had established a specialized unit for water and environment, known as the Jordanian Environmental Watch Program (JEWP), for dealing with local and regional environmental issues. This Watch, considered as a forum for dialogue on policies related to environment, is concerned with organizing scientific conferences, seminars, workshops and training courses as well as research, studies and reports on the environmental situation and conditions.

The importance of the Jordanian Environmental Watch Program lies in the need for a professional and independent tool that can, on its own initiative, control and follow up on the Jordanian environmental situation and discuss various government policies in that regard. The JEWP focuses on the following main environmental issues: The water security problem; the right means to manage water and provide drinkable water; the adequate ways for preventing water pollution, depletion of clean water, and minimizing air and soil pollution and the use of insecticides and fertilizers; in addition to other environmental problems in Jordan. This requires contributing towards setting comprehensive plans and policies to environment protection and development, as well as finding solutions and suggestions to deal with the environmental issues and concerns. This is in addition to raising and empowering environmental public awareness. JEWP also set up a variety of training and rehabilitating programs for activists of Non-Governmental Organizations in order to monitor and follow up on the environment situation of Jordan. Within this regard, JEWP goals were designed to comprise the following:

  1. Preparing of studies, researches and working papers to be presented at specialized conferences and seminars; this would work for the development of environmental policies and for the participation in local and international activities.
  2. Contributing towards the building up of legislations related to the safeguarding of environment and natural resources, as well as monitoring the advancement in conforming these legislations and the prospects of commitment towards implementing them.
  3. Following-up and identifying the activities of other NGOs working on environment, water, nature, and cultural heritage, besides cooperating with the concerned organizations in training and raising of awareness.
  4. Building of environmental databases and making them available to decision makers to take sound decisions on environmental protection.
  5. Holding workshops, discussion sessions and roundtables that shed the light on the hot environmental issues on the local level, and exchanging experiences and viewpoints and conforming recommendations to be presented to the specialized bodies.


JEWP functions and executes its activities within the framework of the previously-mentioned mission and goals; while following the techniques described below:

  1. Seminars and Conferences.
  2. Workshops and specialized meetings dealing exclusively with hot environmental issues.
  3. Annual Reports.
  4. Training Courses with special focus on observing and monitoring the environmental situation.
  5. The Website.
  6. Periodical translation of key international environmental literatures.
  7. “Environmental Papers”; a periodical newsletter concerned with revising the environmental policies.
  8. The environmental annual chronological report.

Program StructureJEWP is directed by a team that consists of a Coordinator and main researchers, in addition to a number of research assistants. It is supervised by a Scientific Advisory Committee comprising environmentalists; well-known for their experiences in environment, and belongs to specialized public and private environmental organizations as well as academic circles. In addition, JEWP includes an executive team that is in charge of coordinating between JEWP activities and participants, and the Scientific Advisory Committee.

The Advisory Committee participates in the various activities conducted by JEWP, as well as holding four annual meetings, attended by the JEWP Coordinator, researchers and the executive team in order to discuss and revise the Watch agenda and set up future plans and activities. Membership of the JEWP Advisory Committee is voluntary, and herewith are the members of the First Advisory Committee that was formed in September 2001:

  • Dr. Iyad Abu Moghli: Assistant resident representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) – Amman.
  • Eng. Khaled Al Irani: Executive Director of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN).
  • Eng. Ra’uf Dabbas: President of the Jordan Friends of Environment Society.
  • Eng. Ramzi Batayneh: Expert in Environmental Engineering and Planning, part-time lecturer at graduate studies department – University of Jordan.
  • Eng. Shafiq Younes: Expert in Environmental Engineering.
  • Dr. Ali Abu Ghanimeh: Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Jordan.
  • Dr. Mona Hendieh: Associate Professor at the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST).
  • Dr. Ali Naqa: Chair of Department of Water and Environment Management – Hashemite University.
  • Mrs. Laila Hamarneh: Projects Manager – Arab Women’s Organization.
  • Mr. Hani Hourani: Director General of Al Urdun Al Jadid Research Center (UJRC).
  • Mr. Yassin Zo’ubi: Director of Water Conservation Directorate – General Corporation for Environment Protection.
  • Mr. Yanal Abida: Director of Environmental Directorate – Amman Chamber of Industry.


JEWP Executive Team

  • Mr. Hani Hourani: Director General of UJRC and researcher in social development issues.
  • Mr. Hussein Abu Rumman: Executive Director of UJRC and researcher in development policies.
  • Eng. Azzam Hamaideh: JEWP Program Coordinator.

This is in addition to the translating, documenting, typing and graphic design team.


JEWP Activities for the year 2005

  1. The Establishment of a Network for Organizations of Environment and Sustainable Development
    Hosted by JEWP, thirteen organizations and committees working in the fields of Environment and Sustainable Development held a meeting at UJRC conference room on June 19, 2005, in order to study and discuss ways of laying correlations among them within a flexible framework. The discussants conferred on the identification of the network and its goals, taking into account that it would be considered as the general frame that is capable of including all the organizations, research centers and associations working on issues of environment and sustainable development, within its umbrella. The idea for establishing this network came after JEWP’s inviting of all the concerned organizations to crystallize suggestions for amending the Temporary Law of Environment Protection.

    The member organizations are: Jordan Environment Society, Arabia for the Protection of Nature, the Jordanian Friends of Environment Society, the Friends of Earth Society, the National Anti-smoking Society, the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, Friends of Relics, the National Society for Environment and Wild Life, Horizon for Sustainable Development, Energy Saving and Environment Sustainability Society, Jordan Society for Sustainable Development, the National Center for Agricultural Research, and the Jordanian Environmental Watch.

  2. Consultation Meeting on the Amending of the Environment Protection Law
    Hosted by JEWP, twenty figures representing organizations and committees working in the fields of Environment and Sustainable Development, as well as UJRC’s representative of JEWP, held a meeting at UJRC conference room on April 6, 2005. They revised the temporary Jordanian Environment Protection Law of 2003, suggested amendments and discussed them with the Ministry of Environment, before deciding on declaring officially a permanent law at the Lower House of Parliament. Participants held another meeting at UJRC on April 26, 2005, to decide on the amendments that were put by previously assigned delegates. As later, the Minister of Environment entrusted JEWP of selecting a number of representatives to attend a private meeting with the ministry to discuss the suggested amendments. JEWP held another meeting on June 19, 2005, in which the representatives were chosen, and the issue of forming a network for organizations working on the fields of Environment and Sustainable Development was discussed.


Panorama of JEWP Activities during the years 2000-2004

During the first two years of its establishment (2000-2002), JEWP executed a series of 12 activities, which were focusing on two major topics. The first topic was mainly of a general awareness nature that focused on local and national issues. The second was related to Jordan’s preparations for the holding of a World Summit on Sustainable Development (Rio + 10).
As during the years 2003-2004, JEWP implemented a major project on “Environmental Policies and Sustainable Development” whose activities were held all over Jordan. The first phase of the project was implemented in 2003 through holding 10 Discussion Sessions on issues concerning Justice, Environmental Good Governance, Dry Lands, Youth, Rum and Aqaba areas, Industrial Pollution in Zarqa Governorate, Cement Manufacturing in Fuheis, Tourism, and Poverty. The second phase was executed during 2004 through holding 10 Discussion Sessions that shed the light on issues of Municipalities, Women Organizations, Developing the Southern Region, Informal Economy, Renewal Energy, Environmental Development Projects, Environmental Societies, and Poverty Alleviation.

Herewith is a comprehensive view for the activities listed according to the year of accomplishment:

  1. Discussion Session “Sustainability in Poverty Alleviation Programs”, December 20, 2004. This session was held in Madaba; at the Greater Madaba Hall, under the patronage of the Mayor Eng. Abdullatif Al Hadidi, who presented one of the main papers. The other paper was presented by Mr. Hussein Abu Rumman the Executive Director of UJRC. The session discussed four main papers; “Poverty in Jordan: Characteristics, Size and Geographical Allocation” by Mr. Adnan Badran; Director of Pricing at the Department of the Statistics, “The Role of the Development and Recruitment Fund in Alleviating Poverty” by Mr. Samed Qudah; Director of the Rehabilitation Department at the Development and Recruitment Fund, “The Role of Associations and Social Commissions in Poverty Alleviation and Eradicating its effects” by Mr. Falah Al Qaisi; Director of Princess Basma Development Center in Madaba, “Sustainable Development and its Contribution to Reducing Poverty” by Mr. Yahia Sa’oudi; Advisor of the Minister of Labor. Many significant recommendations were the result of this workshop.

  2. Discussion Session “The Non-Governmental Environmental Associations and Environmental Governance”, December 13, 2004. This session was held in Jerash; at the Jerash Municipality Hall, under the patronage of the Mayor Mr. Walid Al Utoum. He presented an opening paper beside the ones presented by Mr. Mohammad Aref Leiho; Director of the Jordan Environmental Society/ Jerash, and the other by Mr. Hussein Abu Rumman; the Executive Director of UJRC. The meeting discussed its three main focuses in two sessions. The first focus was discussed with a paper on “Environmental Governance: Theoretical and Practical Dimensions” by Mr. Hani Hourani; Director General of UJRC. The second paper “The Extent of the Parties’ Environmental Movement in influencing Environmental Governance” was presented by Eng. Jihad Abawi; Secretary General of the Jordan Green Party, and the third paper addressed the “Role of Media in disseminating the Environmental Culture” by Mr. Mohammad Sharif Al Jayyousi. A number of recommendations were discussed and agreed upon.


  3. Discussion Session “Sustainable Environmental Projects and Their Role in Attaining Sustainable Development”, October 12, 2004. This session was held at Al Hassan Cultural Center, Greater Karak Municipality under the patronage of the Mayor, Eng. Mohammad Al Ma’aytah, who presented a paper at the opening session, besides Mr. Hani Hourani, who presented the second opening paper. Two working papers were presented, the first was on “The Role of Small Projects in attaining Sustainable Development” presented by Mr. Munir Al Adgham; the National Coordinator for the Small Grants Program in Jordan. The second one presented three pioneering environmental case studies on “the Leading Projects between Theory and Practice”, prepared by three sample associations; Rakin Women Charitable Association presented by Mrs. Sumaya Habashneh, Manshiet Abu Hammour Cooperative Association presented by Ms. Yusra Al Bustanji, and Abna’a Dhana and Qadesiah Touristic Cooperative Association presented by Mr. Maher Al Khasbah.

  4. Workshop “The Role of Renewable Energy in the Stability of Sustainable Development Goals”, October 7, 2004. This workshop was held in Mafraq, at the Greater Mafraq Municipality, under the patronage of the Mayor Dr. Yahia Al Khalaileh and in cooperation with Mafraq Municipality and the Department of Environment at Mafraq. Speeches were presented at the opening ceremony delivered by the Mayor, UJRC Director General, and the Director of Department of Environment, Dr. Shehadeh Al Gura’an. Four working papers were discussed during the two sessions of the workshop. The first session was entitled “Renewal Energy and Sustainable Development” where the first paper discussed “The Role of Renewal Energy Applications in the Reservation of the Environment” presented by Dr. Saleh Kharabsheh, and the second paper focused on “The Role of Alternate Energy in Enhancing Sustainable Development” presented by Eng. Hayel Umoush. The second session was entitled “Renewal Energy in Jordan: the Theory and Application” in which two papers were presented, the first focused on “Technology and Economies of the Biological Gas in Jordan” prepared by Eng. Hatem Ababneh, and the second was presented by Dr. Adnan Shrai’ah addressing a case study entitled “The Use of Alternate Energy Sources in Saving Energy Consumption”.

  5. National Workshop “Towards an Effective Partnership between the Parliament and Civil Society to Enhance Sustainable Development”, August 30, 2004. Held under the patronage of the Minister of Environment, Tourism and Antiques Dr. Alia’ Bouran, this workshop took place at Al Hussein Cultural Center, Amman. The opening included the presenting of papers by Dr. Yousef Al Shuraiqi; Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment, and a paper by the Director General of UJRC, in addition to a paper on “Preliminary Visions for Building Partnership between Civil Society Organizations and the Parliament on Sustainable Development” by Dr. Ibrahim Badran, Philadelphia University. The focus of the first session was “the Parliament Contributions to Environment and Sustainable Development” in which two papers were presented; “The Contributions of the Health and Environment Commission of the Lower House” by Ms. Hayat Al Masimi; Member of Jordan’s Lower House, and “The Contributions of the Health, Environment and Social Development Commission of the Upper House towards Environment and Sustainable Development” by H.E. Ms. Salwa Al Masri; the Jordanian Senator. The second session focus was “Environmental Legislations and their Equivalence to Sustainable Development Requirements” in which both Mr. Murad Khreisat and the lawyer Mr. Mahmoud Kharabsheh presented the main paper. The third and final session gave the opportunity to both the Parliamentarians and Civil Society representatives to present their points of view through three main interjections by Eng. Khaled Al Irani; Director General of RSCN, Mr. Ahmad Al Koufahi; Director General of the Jordan Environment Society, and Mr. Bassam Haddadin, who discussed the partnership from the Lower House point of view. This was concluded by forming more sustainable recommendations for partnership policies between civil society and the parliament.

  6. Workshop. “The Informal Sector and Sustainable Development: a Special Insight into the Southern Region”, June 28, 2004. This workshop was held under the patronage of Engineer Shehade Abu Hdeib, Director General of the Southern Region Authority. It was organized in cooperation with the Arab Bond for Culture and Civilizations Bridging (Bait Al Anbat) at the Edom Hotel in Wadi Musa. The opening ceremony comprised participations by Eng. Shehadeh Abu Hdeib, Mr. Ziad Tweissi, and Mr. Hani Hourani. The workshop included three sessions: Mr. Hussein Abu Rumman presented the national report on the state of the informal sector in Jordan, whereas Nasser Ahmad Kamel, researcher at UJRC, explained the features of the informal sector in the south of Jordan. The second session included papers presented by Hani Hourani, who presented a paper entitled “The Informal Sector in Jordan and Sustainable Development”. The workshop was concluded with a roundtable session to discuss the final recommendations, and was attended by municipality presidents, governmental representatives from Jordan’s various governorates and representatives of private and public associations.

  7. Workshop “Developing the Southern Region from the Perspective of Sustainable Development”, June 20, 2004. This workshop was held in cooperation with the Dhana and Qadeseyya Residents Association at the Hospitality House in the Dhana Reserve at Tafila Governorate, southern Jordan. Three working papers were presented at the workshop: “The Variables Affecting Poverty in the Southern Region of Jordan”, by Dr. Doukhy Al Hneity; “Work Values System in Southern Jordan: Karak as a Model”, by Dr. Hussein Mahadeen, president of Karak Cultural Forum and professor of Sociology at Mu’tah University; “Environmental Tourism and its Role in Local Community Development”, by Dr. Mohammad Wahib from Queen Rania Institute for Remains and Tourism at the Hashemite University. The opening ceremony included the presentation of speeches for Dhana and Qadeseyya Residents Association and UJRC. Attendees and participants were invited to a tour to explore Dhana Reserve and development structure.

  8. National Workshop “The Citizen’s Environmental Rights”, May 5, 2004. Held in cooperation with the Human Rights Program of UJRC, the workshop consisted of three sessions. Dr. Mohammad Bani Hani, former General Secretary of the Ministry of Water and Agriculture, headed the first session. Mr. Hussein Abu Rumman spoke in the opening session, and the following papers were presented: “The Environmental Statute is a Guarantee of Human Rights”, by Dr. Abdul Elah Nawaysah, from the faculty of Law at Mu’tah University; “International Conventions and National Laws”, by the Lawyer Assem Rabab’a from the Earth and Human Association for Support of Development; “The International Constitution and Conflicts on Water” by Dr. Mohammad Bani Hani. The second session opened with a paper entitled “Humans Environmental Rights between Political Development and Sustainable Development” by Dr. Osama Al Allousy, an expert in international law. The journalist and researcher in environmental media Mohammad Sharif Al Jayyousi presented a paper entitled, “Media and Environmental Human Rights”. The last session focused on suggestions to formulate an environmental human rights project.

  9. Workshop “Women Organizations and their Role in Achieving Sustainable Development”, April 12, 2003. JEWP organized this workshop in cooperation with the Charity Associations Union in Zarqa. Both Saleh Al Khalaileh, president of the Charity Associations Union in Zarqa and Hani Hourani spoke at the opening ceremony. The workshop included working papers submitted by Ms. Nadia Bushnaq, Director of the Center for Family Awareness and Advising, and focused on “Women Organizations and their Role in Achieving Sustainable Development”; Dr. Abdul Salam Talalweh, president of the Child’s Charitable Organization delivered a paper on “Attraction and Repulsion Factors for Women Organizations”; and a case study was presented by Nadia Kharouf from the Productive Women’s Association, entitled “The Rehabilitation and Conversion Project of Marka Landfill”.

  10. Discussion Session “Municipalities and Sustainable Development” March 24, 2004. This session was held in cooperation with the council of Greater Irbid Municipality at the municipality hall. The opening ceremony included speeches presented by Eng. Walid Al Masri; the Mayor, and Mr. Hussein Abu Rumman. The session included five presentations that focused on the following topics: “The Status of Municipalities in Jordan and their Role in Development” presented by Hani Hourani, “Missions and Challenges that face Municipalities in Protecting the Environment” by Eng. Nidal Samara; Director of the Environment Department at Zarqa Municipality. The third paper was on “The Experience of Irbid Municipality and its Role in Environment Protection” by Dr. Walid Al Masri; Mayor of Greater Irbid Municipality. Mr. Ghazi Haddad; the Director of Irbid Chamber of Industry, and Dr. Adnan Al Hayajneh; Associate Professor of Political Science at the Hashemite University commented on the papers.


  1. Discussion Session “Poverty and Sustainable Development Challenges in the Southern Region / Ma’an”, December 10, 2003. JEWP hosted this workshop in cooperation with Al Hussein Bin Talal University. The opening cession included speeches by Dr. Adel Tweisi the University President, and by Hani Hourani; UJRC Director General. The session addressed three main topics: “Levels of Poverty and Development” by Dr. Doukhy Al Haniti, “Poverty in Karak (Field Study)” by Dr. Hussein Al Othman; Faculty of Sociology at Mu’tah University, and “Poverty and Social Life in Ma’an” by Dr. Mohammad Al Tarawneh; Anthropology Institute at Yarmouk University.
  2. Discussion Session “Tourism Services Trends in Jordan: Foreign Tourists’ Perspective”, January 8, 2003. UJRC Conference Room. Osama Shihabi, an expert in Jordanian tourism issues and lecturer at the Hashemite University, presented the main intervention in which he discussed tourists’ opinions of tourism services in Jordan.
  3. Discussion Session “The Impact of the Cement Industry in Fuheis City on Health, Environment and Sustainable Development”, November 6, 2003. JEWP conducted this workshop in cooperation with the Municipality of Fuheis. It focused upon the impact of the cement industry and petrol coal emissions on the health of the people, the environment, and the role of civil society organizations in finding strategic solutions to the pollution problem in Fuheis. Speakers were: Hani Hourani, Adeeb Akroush, RSCN (Fuheis Branch); Dr. Afif Ziadat, a member of the Scientific Committee of the Jordanian Environment Society (Fuheis Branch); Dr. Ahmad Bdour, a consultant on Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Jordan University of Science and Technology; and Ziad Sweis, Jordanian Environment Society (Fuheis Branch).
  4. Discussion Session “Industrial Pollution in the Governorate of Zarqa, and the Prospects of Applying Environmental Assessment”, October 22, 2003. JEWP, in cooperation with the Institute of Land, Water and the Environment at the Hashemite University in Zarqa, conducted this discussion session. A paper was delivered on “Industrial Pollution in the Governorate of Zarqa” by Dr. Adnan Zawahra, head of the directorate of Environmental Protection at Zarqa. Also presented was a paper on “Zarqa Municipality’s Experience in Waste Management and Recycling” by Eng. Nidal Samara, director of the Environment at Zarqa. Two more papers were submitted, on “the Impact of Industrial Pollution on Historical and Cultural Sites” presented by Dr. Mohammad Waheeb, Queen Rania Institute for Antiquities and Tourism, and “the prospects of applying Environmental Impact Assessments” by Dr. Iyad Hussein, Institute of Environment at the Hashemite University. The final paper was on “The Environmental Management System and its impact on Environment Protection” by Dr. Na’el Al Mumani, Institute of Environment.  
  5. Discussion Session “Integration of natural resource protection and community development in Wadi Rum and Aqaba”, October 20, 2003. JEWP, in cooperation with the Environmental Commission at the Aqaba Special Economic Zone (ASEZA), organized a discussion session on protecting natural resources and developing the local community in (ASEZA), with special focus on Wadi Rum. This session was supervised by the Environmental Commission, and was held in Aqaba Marine Resorts. It was inaugurated by the Commissioner of Environmental Affairs Dr. Bilal Al Bashir. An intervention was made by Mr. Abdullah Abul Awali; Director of Aqaba Aqua-Museum, who addressed the role of the museum in sustaining natural resources of the Gulf of Aqaba. In addition, five experts from the Environmental Commission and Rum Reserve; Dr. Mazen Khalil, Eng. Ahmad Jabri, Eng. Khaled Abu Aisha, Dr. Salim Mughrabi, and Eng. Murad Za’atreh, respectively discussed the issues of: environmental impacts, development projects and ways of reducing negative effects; plans and programs for developing Wadi Rum environmentally, economically, and touristically; the comprehensive management of the Gulf of Aqaba shores; replanting coral at the Gulf of Aqaba; towards achieving sustainable development; and finally, environment and Sustainable Development.
  6. Discussion Session “Youth and Environment”, September 13, 2003. JEWP held this discussion session under the title “What Does Sustainable Development mean to the Youth: their role and advantages”, in collaboration with Al Salt Center for Youth; an affiliation of the Higher Council for Youth. The workshop took place at the youth center in Salt. The opening speeches were delivered by Ms. Amal Dababseh; JEWP Coordinator, and Mr. Fayez Hyari; Director of Salt Center for Youth. One of the participating youth, Mu’ayyad Nsour presented a welcoming speech on behalf of the participants and stressed the main achievements and activities of the Salt center, while Eng. Ra’ouf Dabbas; Deputy Director General of the Friends of Environment Society, presented the main intervention and chaired the session.
  7. Discussion Session “Comprehensive management of Dry Lands and the Challenges of Sustainable Development in Jordan”, August 14, 2003. JEWP organized this session at the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), Northern Jordan. The opening session speeches were by Prof. Mohammad Hailat; Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, Dr. Mona Hendieh; president of the Environment Sciences Department, and Hani Hourani, UJRC Director General. Four working papers and a video film on “Desertification in Jordan” were presented during the session. The speakers were: Dr. Mohammad Ajlouni, (JUST), Mr. Nidal Ouran; the National Coordinator of the National Strategy for Desertification Alleviation, Dr. Kamal Kheirallah and Eng. Baker Qudah, Ministry of Agriculture.
  8. Reception in honour of Dr. Iyad Abu Moghli, July 27, 2003. In collaboration with the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), the Jordan Royal Ecological Diving Society and the Friends of Environment Society, JEWP organized a reception in the honour of Dr. Iyad Abu Moghli, UNDP assistant resident representative. This was held on the occasion of his assignment to a new position as president of an international program on energy and environment in New York. Dr. Abu Moghli lectured on the millennium development goals and environmental governance. Mr. Hani Hourani inaugurated the event with a speech commending Abu Moghli’s accomplishments. Dr. Hala Lattouf, general secretary of the Ministry of Planning and a former colleague of Dr. Abu Moghli, also addressed the attendees. The reception ended with a speech from Eng. Khaled Irani, RSCN Director General, who praised Abu Moghli’s cooperation with Jordanian environmental societies and his distinguished support of numerous pioneer projects, such as the Dhana Reserve. On behalf of the participants, Dr. Isam Faqir; Director General of Friends of Environment Society, presented a commemorative souvenir for Dr. Abu Moghli.
  9. Roundtable “Johannesburg Memorandum … Justice in a Fragile World”, June 4, 2003. JEWP held this session at the Radisson SAS hotel in Amman, under the title “Towards Sustained Jordan 2020”. It aimed at deepening awareness in Jordan of Sustainable Development and boosting the performance of NGOs working in the fields of Environment and Sustainable Development. The session began with displaying a video film on the minutes of Johannesburg Summit, then Dr. Haiman Agrawl from Heinrich Böll Foundation, presented the key paper on the Johannesburg Memorandum. Dr. Mona Hendieh and Dr. Oudeh Al Jayyousi commented on the paper.


  1. Roundtable “Jordan between Rio 1992 and Agenda 21: Accomplished Tasks and Future Missions”. JEWP organized this roundtable under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Abdul Razzaq Tubeishat, Minister of Rural, Municipal and Environmental Affairs, who said, in his opening speech, that the consuming rationalization and protection of natural resources are becoming insufficient for protecting the environment. He showed that it has become more necessary to provide job opportunities, combat poverty, improve educational and health programs, encourage investment, and activate society efforts. Dr. Fares Al Junaidi; Director General of the General Institution for Environment Protection, stressed the importance of cooperation and collaboration between the various sectors in Jordan to attain sustainable development. Dr. Iyad Abu Moghli; UNDP Assistant Resident Representative, discussed the “International Preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development WSSD… Where Now?” and overviewed Jordan’s achievements in preparing for the WSSD. Eng. Ahmad Qatarneh; Head of Sustainable Development Department at the General Institution for Environment Protection, discussed “the National Preparations for the WSSD”.
  2. Roundtable “Jordanian Non-Governmental Organizations and the World Summit on Sustainable Development: Preparations and Expectations”, July 15, 2002, Days Inn Hotel, Amman. The main paper in this meeting was presented by Eng. Ra’ouf Dabbas; President of Jordan Friends of Environment Society. He discussed the role of the Jordanian NGOs in attaining sustainable development, and criticized the weakness and insufficiency of their preparations for the WSSD, despite its significance as a major world summit on environment and sustainable development, and being a great opportunity for Jordan to discuss its issues and concerns.
  3. Roundtable “Proposing Sustainable Development Indicators for Jordan”, June 24, 2002, Amman. This roundtable discussed: the Indicators of Sustainable Development, the significance of initiating national indicators for Jordan, and whose responsibility is that? In addition, the meeting compared sustainable development indicators between a number of countries around the world, besides giving special focus to the means of conforming these indicators. The key paper presented was by Dr. Ramzi Batayneh, from the General Cooperation for Environmental Protection (GCEP).  
  4. Roundtable “Environmental Policies in Jordan and Sustainable Development”, June 3, 2002, Orchid Hotel, Amman. The main paper at this roundtable was presented by Eng. Khaled Al Irani; Director General of (RSCN). The recommendations stressed major issues such as: the need for a specific definition for Environmental Policies in Jordan, the need for holding a national forum to discuss the preparations for a new environmental Law, the need for constitutional training, the need for giving more focus to the National Agenda and considering it as the plan of action for the 21st century, in addition to enhancing the role of the General Cooperation for Environmental Protection to act as an umbrella for all actions and activities concerning environment and sustainable development.
  5. Discussion Session “The Right to a Clean Environment”, June 5, 2002, UJRC Conference Room. JEWP organized this roundtable in cooperation with the Human Rights Program of UJRC, and on the occasion of the Environment day on June 5 of every year. Dr. Ramzi Batayneh; the expert in the Environmental Policies, presented the key paper.
  6. Discussion Session “What is after Agenda 21”, February 17, 2002, Marmara Hotel, Amman. JEWP organized this session as a complementary action to its efforts for preparing for (WSSD), which is to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on August 2002. The session included a contribution for Dr. Iyad Abu Moghli; UNDP Assistant Resident Representative, which focused on introducing the National Agenda, what Jordan achieved to attain sustainable development, and what Jordan is supposed to accomplish after announcing the National Agenda.
  7. Discussion Session “The Role of Civil Society Organizations in Jordan and Palestine in Achieving Sustainable Development”, January 5, 2002, Orchid Hotel, Amman. JEWP organized this session with the collaboration of the United Nations Environmental Program in West Asia, and the Center for Sustainable Development in Iran. The session focused on supporting the CSOs pursuance of sustainable development in Jordan and Palestine, from Rio De Janeiro Forum for Environment and Sustainable Development in 1992, to the preparations for WSSD that was held in Johannesburg in September 2002.


  1. Debate session “Environmental Politics: exploring theoretical perspectives”, September 24, 2001, UJRC Conference Room. Dr. Ramzi Batayneh, from the General Cooperation for the Environmental Protection (GCEP), presented the main paper. The meeting that was held with the participation of environmentalists and experts, discussed the relationship between politics and environment on the national and international levels, and what had made environmental issues a global concern and a topic on global and national agendas.
  2. Discussion session “The national preparation mechanism for the World Summit on Sustainable development”, July 25, 2001, Marmara Hotel, Amman. The session was held within the framework of preparations for the World Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, in September 2002. It stressed the importance of combining national efforts to prepare for this summit, with the participation of different environmental organizations in Jordan. Three main presentations were given by: the UNDP representative in Jordan, the coordinator of the National Committee for the Conservation of Nature, and the Director of Sustainable Development at GCEP.
  3. Discussion Session “The Nuclear Accelerator for the Synchrotron Laboratory”, February 7, 2001, UJRC Conference Room. This session was held in cooperation with JEWP and the Jordan Friends of the Environment Society. The session focused on the issue of the accelerator that was to be established in Allan municipality, at Princess Rahma College, an affiliation to Balqa’a Applied University. The session discussed the state of the accelerator, its features, characteristics, benefits, the significance of such an advanced scientific project in Jordan, and its role in promoting scientific development in the country. The public’s reactions and points of view towards the accelerator were discussed at the session.
  4. Discussion session “The legislative administrative framework required for establishing Ministry of Environment”, September 5, 2000. JEWP organized this session after the Royal call for the establishment of a Ministry for Environment, and the assigning of a special committee to set the legislative and managerial grounds to establishing the ministry. The committee had announced its welcome to receiving suggestions and recommendations from the environmental experts, and accordingly, JEWP submitted the session outcomes and recommendations to the ministerial committee in-charge.
  5. Debate session “Hazardous waste shipment”, December 12, 2000. This session was held in cooperation with JEWP and the Land and Man Organization in Support of Development, and discussed the shipment of hazardous waste that entered Jordan and created a major concern for all sectors of society. In addition to discussing the case of the shipment concerning its features, quantity and governmental actions taken, the debate discussed its impact on the health and environment, and the legislative procedures taken on the national and international levels to deal with the waste shipment, and the actions taken to ensure Jordan’s cleanness of these wastes.


JEWP “Environmental Papers” Newsletter 2000-2004.

The “Environmental Papers” newsletter: A periodical series of papers regarding environmental policies issued by the Jordanian Environmental Watch Program (JEWP) of Al Urdun Al Jadid Research Center (UJRC). Twenty issues of the Environmental Papers were publicized during the years 2000 – 2004. In addition, a special issue was devoted to covering the Johannesburg Summit of 2002, in corporation with the “Civil Society Issues” newsletter of UJRC.

  1. Environmental Papers, issue no. 21. “The outcomes of Four Discussion Sessions held during the last quarter of 2004”;
    This issue, released in December 2004, consists of the proceedings of four discussion sessions on renewable energy, environmental projects, NGOs, and poverty alleviation, and their relationship with sustainable development. This is in addition to the key environmental news during the period of October – December 2004, and a specialized article on “Environmental Good Governance between Theory and Practice”.
  2. Environmental Papers, issue no. 20. “The outcomes of Three Discussion Sessions held During the third quarter of 2004”
    This issue, released in September 2004, contains the proceedings of three discussion sessions on: the parliament and civil society, developing the southern region, and the informal sector, while stressing the relationship between the mentioned issues and sustainable development. Also mentioned are the key environmental news at the national level during the period of July – September 2004.
  3. Environmental Papers, issue no. 19. “The outcomes of Ten Discussion Sessions held be JEWP during 2003”
    This issue coincides with the launching of the second phase of JEWP project of “Environmental Policies and Sustainable Development Debates”. This issue documents the discussion sessions’ proceedings that were held in 2003, which form a follow up to the Johannesburg Summit 2002.


  4. Environmental Papers, issue no. 18. Special edition of the “Civil Society Issues” magazine on “Johannesburg Summit 2002”
    JEWP prepared this special edition on the Second Earth Summit, Johannesburg 2002, in cooperation with the “Civil Society Issues” magazines of UJRC. This issue includes the national, Arab and international preparations for the World Summit, in addition to a number of articles and documents related to sustainable development and to the summit.


  5. Environmental Papers, issue no. 17. “What is after the National Agenda 21”
    This issue includes the proceedings of a working session organized by JEWP on this subject on April 16, 2002 at UJRC. This issue follows up on the accomplished preparations for the WSSD.


  6. Environmental Papers, issue no. 16. “Role of Civil Society Organizations in Jordan and Palestine in achieving sustainable development”
    This edition, issued in English, includes the proceedings of a discussion session that was organized by JEWP in January 2002, and sheds the light on obstacles that prevent attaining sustainable development in Jordan and Palestine.


  7. Environmental Papers, issue no. 15. “The Role of Arab Youth in Protecting the Coastal Environment”
    This issue includes the meetings of the First Youth Gathering organized by the Directors of Youth and Sports for Aqaba Governorate in cooperation with the Arab Union for Youth, between December 22 and 29, 2001, in Aqaba, with the participation of 54 young men and women representing nine Arab countries. This issue also includes paper summaries on environmental issues presented by participating Arab delegations.


  8. Environmental Papers, issue no. 14. “the Expected Environmental Impacts of Establishing Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority”
    Issued in English, this paper analyzes the potential impacts on Aqaba region after turning Aqaba into a Special Economic Zone. The paper discusses the expected advantages and impact through three main focuses: the social and economic settings, the natural environment, and the transformation impact on infrastructure.


  9. Environmental Papers, issue no. 13. “From Seattle to Doha: The Environmental Portfolio of the WTO”
    This paper discusses the environmental chapter of the World Trade Organization, by following up on the predisposition to support globalization, as was apparent in Seattle during the 3rd WTO Ministerial Conference, through to the 4th Conference in November 2001, in Doha. The paper explains the links between trade, environment and development, while also illustrating the main criticisms. It also discusses the threats of widening global trade liberalization on environment and sustainable development.


  10. Environmental Papers, issue no. 12. “Politics and the Environment: The Theoretical Framework”;
    This paper incorporates the proceedings of the Discussion Session of the Jordanian Environmental Watch that focused on issues related to Politics and the Environment. Topics discussed include: the relationship between politics and the environment at a local and international level, why environmental issues have become international issues, and why are environmental issues so high on the agenda, locally and internatio


  11. Environmental Papers, issue no. 11. “Jordan and the Arab world in the environmental sustainability index 2001”
    This paper contains a translated summary of the results of the World Economic Forum for Sustainability Indicators in 2001. The study survey applies the Sustainable Development Indicator, which is the numerical measurement of the progress a country has made in the process of sustainable development, to a list of 122 countries.


  12. Environmental Papers, issue no. 10. “The Methodology of National Preparatory Activities for the Johannesburg Summit – 2002”
    This paper incorporates the proceedings of the Discussion Session of JEWP on the National Preparatory activities for WSSD due in Johannesburg in September 2002. During this session Jordan’s achievements in sustainable development since 1992 until today were discussed, in addition to the tasks that still need to be completed prior to the forthcoming Summit of Rio+10.


  13. Environmental Papers, issue no. 9. “An Information Guide on the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Rio + 10)”;
    This paper, presented in English, describes the development of the international environmental management methodologies, within the framework of the UN, which were unleashed during the Stockholm Conference on Human Environment in 1972, until the Earth Summit (Rio 1992), in addition to the numerous International Environment Declarations.


  14. Environmental Papers, issue no. 8. “The International Environmental Policy from Stockholm 1972 to Rio 1992, and Agenda 21”
    This paper discisses a book entitled “The International Environmental Policy” by Dr. Jassem Al Hassan. The book examines the status of the global environment following the 1992 UN Environment and Development Conference in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro), and concentrates on means to save the globe through presenting different countries’ viewpoints in this regard.


  15. Environmental Papers, issue no. 7. “The Future of Climatic Change and the Scientific, Political and Economic Implications of USA’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol”;
    This paper discusses the scientific, economic and political implications of USA’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Agreement for the decrease of Carbon emissions by the year 2012. The paper also analyzes Climatic Change, in addition to the chronological series of International Agreements that serve to limit this phenomenon. It looks into the reasons that failed The Hague Conference and the major disagreements between the USA and the European Union. Also covered are the conclusions of the Report by the Joint Government Committee of Climatic Change in February 2001, and the most important impacts of climatic change on the Middle East region.


  16. Environmental Papers, issue no. 6. “The Environmental Portfolio of the Jordan-USA Free Trade Agreement”
    This paper, published in English, presents a complete analysis of the Environmental Portfolio of the Free Trade Agreement between Jordan and the USA which was signed on October 24, 2000, and discusses its impact on the Jordanian Environment in nine sectors. The paper concludes that implementing this Agreement would result in an expansion of investment and commercial activity, which in turn would lead to more exploitation of the natural resources and an increase in pollution and waste products.


  17. Environmental Papers, issue no. 5. “The Nuclear Accelerator for the Synchrotron Lab: A Science Facility presented to Jordan by UNESCO”
    This edition comprises the proceedings of a session at the Hot Environmental Issues Forum that was held at UJRC, in collaboration with JEWP and Jordan Friends of Environment Society. Discussions revolved around the nuclear Accelerator, and the precautionary measures that should be taken to prevent any dangers erupting, in addition to the local community’s attitude towards the establishment of the Accelerator, particularly the residents of Allan village.


  18. Environmental Papers, issue no. 4. “The Hazardous Waste Shipment: Israeli Hazardous Waste Enters the Jordanian Territories”;
    This edition contains the proceedings of a dialogue session of the Hot Environmental Issues Forum, which was held in collaboration with JEWP, and the “Land and Human to Advocate Progress”. Discussions revolved around the issue of the Hazardous Waste Shipment which entered Jordan from Israel, whilst analyzing its impact on public health and safety, and the legal means of preventing the occurrence of similar episodes. Moreover, the role of the media and the Jordanian environmental organizations was discussed, in addition to the role of the Customs in detecting such shipments and how they should be returned to the country of origin.


  19. Environmental Papers, issue no. 3. “Development and the Environment: the impact of Globalization and Free Trade on the Environment in Jordan”
    This edition contains the paper presented at the first Jordanian Conference on Environment and Development, organised by the Union of Jordanian Geologists, November 5-7, 2000. This paper discussed the impact of liberalizing international trade and globalization on the Jordanian environment in particular, and defined the anticipated impacts of Jordan / USA FTA, Jordan’s accession to the WTO and the Joint Partnership between Jordan and the EU.


  20. Environmental Papers, issue no. 2. “The Environmental Media in Jordan and the Challenges of the 21st Century”
    This edition includes a working paper that was presented at the first Jordanian conference on Environment and Development, which was held on October 29-31, 2000, and organized by GCEP. This working paper discussed the status of the environmental media in Jordan, by illustrating the most important media and environment activities, and analyzing the articles on environmental issues that were published in the daily newspapers during September.


  21. Environmental Papers, issue no. 1. “The Ministry of Environment in Jordan: The required Legal and Administrative Framework for the establishment of a Ministry of Environment”;
    This edition comprises the proceedings of the Discussion Session organized by JEWP on 5/9/2000, during which the need for a Ministry of Environment was discussed, in addition to the administrative and legislative frameworks required for the establishment of this new Ministry.




This is the first Annual Report on the State of the Environment in Jordan, and the first attempt by an NGO to assess the environmental situation of Jordan in a comprehensive, objective and independent manner, in addition to the concerns challenges and policies encountered. Prepared by Bater Wardam and Amal Dababseh, this report was scientifically revised by a group of key experts and specialists in the environmental concern and representing private and academic sectors.

Tackling all the various components related to the environment and water during the year 2000, the report, which was prepared in Arabic with a summary in English, falls in 250 pages. The report consists of three Phases that describe the environmental state in Jordan and the key environmental events that took place during 2000, in addition to defining a number of Jordanian organizations and institutions working in the field of Environment.

Phase One of the report consists of Ten chapters discussing issues of: Natural Environment in Jordan, the administrative and legislative structure for Environment Protection in Jordan, Management of Water Resources, Wild Life and Biological Diversification, Agriculture and Use of Land, Industry, Energy and Mineral Resources, Air Pollution, Environmental Tourism, Seaside, Wild Life and Hazardous Wastes, to conclude with an insight for the Future of the Environment in Jordan.

Phase Two contains a comprehensive view of the key environmental developments and events in Jordan during 2000; Whereas Phase Three consists of a guide for the Jordanian organizations working in Environment, and introduces around 35 various environmental organizations and institutions.

The importance of this report comes from its coinciding with the official launching of the National Agenda 21; the National Strategy for Sustainable Development. The publication of this report also consents with the recommendations and plans of action of the National Agenda 21, especially those related to the significance of issuing such reports on an annual basis to discuss the State of Environment and Sustainable Development in Jordan, as well as the dissemination and documentation of environmental information and providing relevant information to all concerned parties.


Since 2000, the Jordanian Environmental Watch Program has been depending on Al Urdun Al Jadid Research Center support for its activities and publications, as one of its programs. As a result, JEWP has attained ability and has accumulated experience to implement its activities and issue its publications.

JEWP’s first annual report “The State of the Environment in Jordan – 2001/2002” was publicized with the support of the Heinrich Böll Foundation/ Germany.

JEWP organized the dialogue series on sustainable development entitled “The Road to the World Summit on Sustainable Development 2002”, with the support of the Heinrich Böll Foundation/ Arab Middle East Office.

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Jordan Environment Society – Training

March 24, 2010

1.   Introduction

Jordan Environment Society (JES) has been established in Amman in 1988 and registered at the Ministry of Interior, as a non-governmental, non-profitable NGO, concerned with protecting the environment and preserving its basic elements of water, air, soil and living beings, in addition to reinforcing the principle of voluntary work in the Jordan, and creating an appropriate equation between development and economy without harming the environment, in order to achieve the principle of sustainable development.

JES has the embassies to cooperate with the Ministry of Environment (MoEnv) to develop the human resources of Jordanand the Region with environmental management expertise in order to build up the concept of sustainable development. In 2003, JES signed a memorandum of understanding with the MoEnv. The result of cooperation was the establishment of specialized Training and Capacity Building Unit between JES and the Ministry. This will result in an increasing in the capacity of Jordan training institution, to deliver effective environmental management training throughout the key related sectors. The Unit will build up the environmental capacity of human recourses through supplying opportunities for key institutions to participate accredit advanced training courses in environmental management.

2.   Training Principle

The principle of training is Train-Trainer or training of trainers (TOT) and according to the plane which was put by JES and Ministry of Environment, many Jordanian and regional participants will be qualified in many environmental management fields, which will develop the human recourses to build institutional training capacity.

3.   Objectives of Training

–  Developing the capacity of Jordan and Regional countries to meet environmental management training needs and practices.

–  Enhancing coordination among institutions involved in the formulation of environment–related policy.

–  Increasing awareness of environmental management importance to protect the environment.

–  Increasing the practical skills of the expertise in environmental management (EM) to achieve the concept of sustainable development.

–  Strengthen the EM capacities of partner institutions and regional institutions.

–  Formalizing the system of accredit advanced training courses in EM.

–  Increasing the capacity to apply a range of enforcement tools including environmental legislation to develop effective compliance strategies which will support environmental protection goals.

4.   Target Groups

  • Decision makers who have certain level in environmental matters.
  • Technicians and NGOs.
  • Private sector.
  • Public agencies, ministries, and municipalities.


5.     Certificates

Any trainee who completes the training course requirements will be granted a certificate from both MoEnv and JES. Formalizing system of accredit of training course, which would allow participants to accumulate credit towards formal diploma or other organized certificate.

6.     Available Training Courses (For more details see the attached table)


1. EIA: Environmental Impact Assessment: Overview

2.     EIA: Scoping, Screening and Terms of Reference Development for EIA

3.   EIA: Preparation of EIA Report

4.     EIA: Reviewing the EIA Report

5.     EIA: Public Participation of  EIA

6.     EHIA: Environmental Health Impact Assessment

7.     Environmental Auditing

8.       Environmental Law

9.       Environmental Public Awareness (PA)

10. State of Environment Reporting (SOER)

11. Participatory Rapid Appraisal (PRA)

12. Basic Environmental Health 

13.Radio Active (transportation, storage, ext….)

14. Chemical Safety Training Modules

15. GIS and GPS

16. Sport and Environment

17. Environmental Engineering

18. Effective Planning for Natural Reserves

19. Waste Water Treatment

1D (Prerequisite)

4D (150JD)

4D (150JD)

4D (150JD)

4D (150JD)


Please note that:

All course presentations are subject to minimum registrations.

If you have the minimum registrations, we can bring any course to your location.

–  We can tailor course content and schedule to suit your specific requirements

–  Any of the courses above can be re-scheduled to suit your training needs.

For further information, contact:

P.O Box: 922821 Amman 1192

Tel. +962.6.5699844

Fax: +962.6.5695857


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Jordan Environment Society – Current Projects

March 24, 2010

1•  Recycling Project:

The project involves three partner NGOs (JES, RSCN, and AWO). The main achievements of the project so far are the fact that larger numbers of people are becoming supporters of the recycling process, more collection sites have been allocated, production of information materials on local recycled paper is increasing and improving in quality with more people becoming convinced to use these products.

We would like to inform you about the recycling project; which is a program that aims at spreading the idea of recycling through organizing awareness programmes in schools, factories, homes, institutions and associations.

These awareness programs are accompanied with collecting used paper and plastic; as a way for the local community to support and participate in the segregation and collecting processes, in addition to produce and market various products, to encourage using the recycled paper and plastic.

Whereas working in recycling wasted paper has started with the initiative of a number of environmental volunteers at JES in 1995 accompanied with the gathering of some specialized people to work on spreading the idea of recycling in the local community. Therefore, a coalition has been formed between the local communities parties to guarantee a sponsoring support to the project and to find a base for cooperation between them .

2•  Environmental Training and Capability Building Unit Project

Jordan Environment Society (JES) has reactivated the king Hussein Program for Environmental Management, which was terminated in 1998 due to the cut-off of the fund from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) that which had adopted the establishment and the activation of this program in cooperation with the Public Institution for Environmental Protection (Ministry of Environment) in late 2002. The project aims at improving Jordans capability to meet the training needs in the field of environmental management.

3•  Nutrition Unit Project:

In 2006 JES established this unit to familiarize the community with food and health food supplements. JES provides consultations through this unit, and hold specialized courses in nutrition.

4•  Environmental Theatre Project:

The Society produced the first environmental comedy drama in Jordan and in the Arab World, entitled “Recycling”. This drama addresses the cultural interaction regarding domestic solid waste and its economic importance at the individual and national levels as a source of income, in addition to the environmental aspect. The drama was performed by the famous Jordanian actors Hussein Tbeshat who played Uncle Ghafels character, and Mahmoud Sayma Budor who played Hamdis character.

5•  The Iraqi Ministry of Environment employees Training Project:  

Based on the singed agreement between JES and World Health Organization (WHO)/Iraqs office to train Iraqi employees in environmental field,  five courses were conducted to cover five topics: environmental auditing, writing reports about the state of environment, environmental awareness, foundations of environmental health and  the principles of chemical safety.

6•  Environmental Student Network Project

7•  Waste Oil Recycling Project

8•  Environmental Garden Project

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Jordan Environment Society – Coming Projects

March 24, 2010

1•  National Environment Center (NEC):

2•  Finance some previous and/or incomplete projects.

3•  Training women on how to handle dangerous home chemicals substances and its substitutes.

4•  Manufacturing art pieces from solid waste, to be displayed in an environment museum environment garden.

5•  Make natural compost from organic remaining waste.

6•  Environment tourism in Jordan Valley and preserving the biodiversity.  

7•  Water Harvest Projects.

8•  Eliminating insects and rodents near Ramtha Waste Water Treatment plant.

9•  Healthy School Project.

10•  Phenomena of smoking among teenagers in schools.

11•  Biodiversity in Al-Mafrak / Al-Mafrak Natural Reservoir.

12•  Recycling black plastic used in green houses in Al-Mafrak and Ghor Al-Safi.  

13•  Preserving the quality of drinking water near Al-Akaider area / Al-Akaider waste landfill.

14•  Fight insects and rodents near Kherbat Al-Samra treatment plant.

15•  Nutrition awareness in public schools project.  

16•  Spreading environmental awareness through cartoons among students.

17•  Development of “Abeel” Forest project and Arshadyeh in Tafeleh.

18•  Environment tourism project in Al-Barbadeh Spas in Tafeleh.

19•  Awareness projects in water and energy.

20•  Treatment of olive oils remnant Project.  

21•  Hazardous waste managing projects.

22•  Integrated Pests Managements Project .

23•  Effect of air pollution from Oil Refinery and Al-Hussein Energy Station and Kherbat Al-Samra on the residents of Al-Hashmieh district.  

24•  Rehabilitation of the Biodiversity in Al-Hashmieh area and preserve the remaining kinds.  

25•  Stop air and dust pollution in Al-Fuhais.

26•  Local organic fertilizers treatment, in order to limit the spread of flies and smell in South Gor areas.  

27•  The dust problem produced by Potash Company and its effect on Gor Al-Safi area.  

28•  Industrial pollution as a result of factories in Sahab and Zarka.

29•  Environment tourism to Barza village in Madaba/ District of Thiban .

30•  Environment tourism in Jerash .  

31•  Water harvest in some schools and mosques in Irbid .  

32•  Project of establishing “Eco- Products Shop” in Shmesani area / Branch of Jordan Environment Society Amman .

33•  Building a natural gas unit in order to produce energy and organic fertilizers to develop rural areas.  

34•  Project of ” Environment student mail.”

35•  Develop Ajloun area for tourism.

36•  Environment museum project on Jordan Environment Society land in Amman .

37•  Issue an Environment Calendar with environment slogans for the local community.  

38•  Use the treated wastewater from Fuhais and Mahis Stations to grow Christmas trees.

39•  Make water Salina or wet areas using wastewater naturally.  

40•  Grow medical herbs in Fuhais without using plastic green houses.

41•  Improve environmental conditions of Al- Salt slaughterhouse near Salt Refinery Station.

42  Finance environmental projects related to Russifa area.

43•  Establish environmental training unit, concerned with environment management at Jordan Environment Society.

– Proposed Projects for Funding Prepared by Ahmed Al-kofahi Executive Director :

Title of project: Project of establishing “Eco- Products Shop” in Shmesani area/ Branch of Jordan Environment Society Amman
Key Person Ahmed Al- Kofahi/Executive Director of JES
Location of the project Amman , Amman JES branch
Names of Partner/s ?
Implemented organizations JES
Project proposed budget JDs 35,000 (Budget will be detailed later)
Project Duration One Year/ May be extended
Project Objectives -Promoting the use of environmental products among Jordanian people especially school students and other local community.
  -Reducing the use of hazardous stuff by replacing them with these friendly environment stuff
  -Educational objective
Target groups Consumers especially School students, Women, local community, environmentalists, …etc.
Activities Public awareness campaigns, publications (brochures, posters, TV snapshots, …etc), lectures in schools, marketing
  products, exhibitions…etc.
Title of project: Hazardous Waste Management
Key Person Ahmed Al- Kofahi/Executive Director of JES
Location of the project Amman/JES Headquarters
Names of Partner/s ?
Implemented organizations JES
Project proposed budget JDs 37,000 (Budget will be detailed later)
Project Duration One Year/ May be extended
Project Objectives -Reduce the use of hazardous waste -Public awareness of how to handle hazardous waste
  -Protecting the public health -Educational objective -Lift the abilities of those who work in the hazardous field to handle dangerous waste
Target groups Local community, Municipalities, Workers in landfills, women, NGOs.
Activities Training workshops, Lectures, Publications, Field visits, Training manual…etc.
Title of project: Integrated Pest Management Project (IPM)
Key Person Ahmed Al- Kofahi/Executive Director of JES
Location of the project Amman / Headquarters and Jordan Vally Branches
Names of Partner/s ?
Implemented organizations JES
Project proposed budget JDs 50,000 (Budget will be detailed later)
Project Duration One Year/ May be extended
Project Objectives -To establish ecologically and economically sound plant protection systems at the farm level. -Promoting the use of environmental food products among Jordanian people
  -Reducing the use of harmful agricultural pesticides in farms
  -Protecting the public health of consumers
  -Educational objective
Target groups Public, institutions, ministries, private business, farmers, and students
Activities Training workshops, Lectures, Publications, TV, …etc
Title of project: Project of ” Environment student mail.”
Key Person Ahmed Al- Kofahi/Executive Director of JES
Location of the project Amman/JES Headquarters
Names of Partner/s ?
Implemented organizations JES
Project proposed budget JDs 20,000 (Budget will be detailed later)
Project Duration One Year/ May be extended
Project Objectives -Promoting public awareness among students -Establishing a new mail regarding environment in school
  -Making students aware of the new environmental information
  -Connect many schools in an environmental network through the student mail
Target groups Public and private schools, students, teachers.
Activities Establishing mail boxes in schools, public awareness campaign among students, distribution mechanism, establishing
  a network in schools …etc.
Title of project: Environment museum project on Jordan Environment Society land in Amman .
Key Person Ahmed Al- Kofahi/Executive Director of JES
Location of the project Amman/JES land in Tarek area.
Names of Partner/s ?
Implemented organizations JES
Project proposed budget JDs 40,000 (Budget will be detailed later)
Project Duration One Year/ May be extended
Project Objectives -Let students and local community explore the environment in the field -Educational objectives -Exploring the biodiversity and know more about native plants -Establishing the environmental camp and using it by the locals -Initiating the role of the local leaderships to benefit of its action and its positive relationships to serve the local environment.
  – Supporting of local heritage.
Target groups School students, Women, local community
Activities Constructing facilities, Training workshops, Lectures, Publications, TV, …etc
Title of project: Manufacturing art pieces from solid waste, to be displayed in an environment museum environment garden.
Key Person Ahmed Al- Kofahi/Executive Director of JES
Location of the project Amman/JES
Names of Partner/s ?
Implemented organizations JES
Project proposed budget JDs 40,000 (Budget will be detailed later)
Project Duration One Year/ May be extended
Project Objectives -Making a relation between waste and arts -Reuse of waste
  -Reducing the dumping of waste in the landfills -Changing people behaviors regarding waste -Promote the concept of recycling waste -Educational objective -Establishing and executing different small productive projects that can help the low-income families, to increase their income and improve their standard of living. -Initiating the role of the local community to benefit of waste -Saving our natural resources
Target groups Artists, School students, Women, local community
Activities Training workshops, Lectures, Publications, Training manual…etc.


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Jordan Environment Society – Former Projects

March 24, 2010
1. National Environmental Information and Education Program (NEIEP): An agreement to implement this program was concluded with the Friedrich Naumann foundation in 1991 for three years. The agreement was renewed until the end of 1997. This program conducts training and educational activities targeting JESs staff and volunteers and other local and Arab environmental groups, media people, politicians, teachers and women, organizations and other sectors of the society. The program produces information materials on environmental issues and uses its mobile environmental exhibition to spread awareness all over the country. NEIEP aims at creating a special environmental library ( Environmental Information Bank) in future phases of cooperation. NEIEP is considered one of JESs tools to implement its policies and achieves its goals.

2. Awareness Project in Water (APW):

Water resources in Jordan are critically limited. The problem of water scarcity and quality represents a challenge for scientists and policy makers. APW is designed to implement sustainable “information, education, and communication” campaigns and activities throughout Jordan with the specific targets of decision makers, businesses, public and private organizations, community leaders, women, university students and children. APW has been implemented since June 1994 by JES in cooperation with Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI) and USAID for about five years. The main APW objective is to strengthen the institutional capacity of JES to plan, supervise and implement public awareness activities

APW aims to achieve public awareness at three levels:

Level 1: creation of general awareness through mass media campaigns, activities, and special events which attract large numbers of people.

Level 2: development of local human resources by training selected leaders from voluntary organizations especially the JES branches, women organizations, and others to be trained as trainers.

Level 3: local public awareness activities are implemented by community leaders which have been trained in level2.

The public awareness campaign strategy has been to use mass communications to create interest and promote information on the need to use water more efficiently. Slogans like “Every Water Drop Counts” have been effective especially with school children.

Community activities implemented by staff and trained local leaders (over 1,100) target different community sectors. Posters, stamps, films, computer displays, brochures and stickers contain messages that encourage people to save water for future generations, use water saving devices, protect water from pollution, collect rainwater and other themes which encourage water conservation

Over 5,000 people throughout the Kingdom in different targets have attended workshops, lectures, seminars and special events to learn about water conservation and discuss local needs. Two studies were conducted, first: the Water Awareness Study (phase 1&2), second use of Water Saving Devices (WSD) in Jordan . The study showed that of consumers who use large amounts of water, 16-30% savings could be realized with the installation of water saving devices. Seminars are being held to encourage engineering firms, hotels, hospitals, private schools and universities to use these devices. Four demonstration sites have been established to show the application of water saving devices, recycling, reuse, water harvesting and other water conservation efforts. These sites will be used for field trips or activities to emphasize the advantages of water conservation methods.

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3•  Integrated Pest Management Project (IPM):

To establish ecologically and economically sound plant protection systems at the farm level. This can be achieved only by a joint effort of all involved Jordanian institutions and organizations. Ministries and research institutions, private businesses and farmers have to coordinate their activities to make a transfer and adaptation of environmentally friendly plant protection technology possible. In the long run this will lead to the re-establishment and preservation of the natural balance between agricultural pests and their natural enemies. This in turn will contribute to a sustainable agricultural production, as well as general improvement in human health conditions.

4• Water Efficiency and Public Information for Action (WEPIA)

5•  Environmental Education Data Base Program:

An education interactive data base including environmental local and global information supported by animation, pictures sound, and short movies which make the information more interesting to read and understand by the students. The CD was developed for PC users in Arabic version. This CD will be distributed to colleges, schools and any other interested institution.

6•  King Hussein Environmental Management Training Program:

The project is a partnership effort by the governments of Canada and Jordan and aims at upgrading Jordanian training capacities in the field of environmental management. KHEMTP develops the human resources that will build institutional training capacity to provide Jordan with the environmental management expertise to develop its economy while protecting both its natural and human environment. Specifically, the program will address the need for human resource development in environmental impact assessment, environmental auditing, state of environment reporting, environmental law and public awareness.

7•  The Solid Waste Management Project:-

An agreement has been signed for three year in 2000 between the Kuwait Society for Environment Protection and JES, this agreement by fund from Arabia Fund for Economic and Social Development.
The Kuwait Society for Environment Protection take the responsibility of the projects management and cooperation among within participant countries.

Project goals:-

•  The contribution in developing the solid waste management and to stop from its negative reflection on environment and local community health.

•  Find a mechanism and practical ways for ideal management of the solid waste.

•  Increasing the environmental public awareness for all responsible management institution.

8•  Bio-Gas Project

9•  Medical Waste Management:

The project goal is biosafety, which can be defined as the protection of medical personnel at their work places from biological and chemical hazards and to raise awareness in the medical community about MWM. The project is for 1999-2000 and is funded by GTZ.


10•  Agro-Biodiversity Click here to read a pdf file

11•  Segregation of Household Hazardous Waste Pilot Project:-

The Jordan Environment Society is implementing a pilot project to segregate household hazardous waste from other waste streams in Wadi Al-Sir Ares/ Al-Sahel suburb in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Greater Amman Municipality to provide the needed Capacity Building of public information for the residents and traders in the area on how to handle there waste through segregation, transportation, treatment as well as its hazards to the public health and environment.

Funded by (USAID) through partnership agreement with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

12•  Other Projects and Programs:

 a) Environmental Health Project (EHP):

This project has been implemented by JES in Dhuleil Wadi ( North/East Amman ). The objectives of this project were to promote personal measures to control household pests and to reduce the use of insecticides and pesticides by the local communities. This project was funded by USAID and supported by the local government.

b) Rhus Forest and Greenbelt Project:

In an effort to involve the private sector and large industries in environmental protection, JES has fostered the rehabilitation of abandoned quarries with the Jordan Cement Factory. The project aims to establish a mixed forest on the sites with Rhus trees forming more than 50% of the forest. The project will help in conserving biodiversity and increasing tree cover. JES undertook the planting of a greenbelt consisting of 15,000 forest trees and 2000 fruit trees around the cement factory site in Fuheis near Amman . 

c) The Global Environment Facility/Small Grants Program (GEF/SGP):

The purpose of this program is to support and promote community-level initiatives that address global environmental challenges. Projects supported by this program should also benefit the local environment and improve the livelihood of local communities.

To date, the program has supported a total of 32 environmental projects. The program is hosted at JES.

e) Production of Environmental Honey Project .

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Jordan Environment Society (JES) – JES Profile

March 24, 2010

Since its establishment, JES has hosted various unique environmental projects. Some of these projects include: awareness in water and environment, eco-media, integrated pest control, biogas, recycling, medical waste management, hazardous domestic waste management, solid waste management in Arab countries, comedian environmental theatre and an eco-student network. To accomplish its goals, JES has worked in partnership with many national, regional and international institutions. Some of our supporting agencies are: The Jordanian government and private sectors, USAID, WEPIA, UNDP, GTZ, Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD),Fridrich Naumann Foundation, Canadian International Cooperation Agency (CIDA), WHO, and the French and Swedish governments.

In early 2003, a memorandum of understanding was signed with the Ministry of Environment for cooperation in all environmental issues. Many environmental challenges have been dealt with at the national level and proper solutions were set forth. JES worked hand in hand with the legislative authority, especially the Health and Environment Committee at the House of Representatives, with the aim to develop the current environment laws and regulations.

JES also issues a number of publications, such as the quarterly magazine “The Environment”, which educates the reader about current environmental issues around the world. a JES also publishes a periodical, called “The message of Environment Journal”, that documents the activities that JES and its branches are carrying out. JES has specialized committees to cater to all environmental issues. It hosts a legal committee, scientific, cultural, media, and agricultural committee, as well as the environment volunteers committee.

In cooperation with the Ministry of Environment, and through the former Program of King Hussein Environmental Management Training Program, JES has been holding Training of Trainers (ToT) courses in the environmental management field since 2003. JES offers courses on environmental audit, state of environmental reporting, environmental law, environmental awareness, and participatory appraisal. We also offer a specialized course in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which is necessary for achieving sustainable development and meeting legal requirements for investment projects. At the completion of each course, the participant is granted a comprehensive certificate signed by the Ministry of Environment and JES.

Cooperation with international entities:

1.      United Nations Environment Programme: During the last 10 years, there was fruitful cooperation between JES and many of the UN organizations in the field of environment in general, and the training in specific. In February 2009, JES cooperated with UNEP to educate 35 professionals from Palestine in EIA, focusing on public participation.

2.      WHO/ Iraq: Around 150 employees from Iraqi Ministry of Environment were educated from the JES training courses. The trained professionals went on to train around 300 trainees inside Iraq on the following topics:

  • Training of Trainers on “Environment audit”
  • Training of Trainers on “Preparation the state of environment ”
  • Training of Trainers on “Public awareness on environmental issues”
  • Training of Trainers on “ Basic Environmental health”
  • Training of Trainers on “Chemical Safety”


2.  CEHA: JES provided different training services to the WHO Regional Centre for Environmental Health Activities (CEHA). Among these services is design and production of training and learning materials. During the last 10 years CEHA contracted JES to design and produce several training packages in the field of environmental health. Production was in different format and different languages.

3.  UNICEF: Training of 20 participants on drinking water analysis in the year 2007. This practical training course was conducted in the Ministry of Water and Irrigation laboratories. 

4.      Cooperation with Save the Children in the following fields:

·  Nutrition for children.

·  Production of Children’s play on Birds’ Flu

·  Clean-up the World campaign

5.  Saudi Arabia: JES has agreed to conduct 8 training courses on EIA for the government of Saudi Arabia. Thus far, JES has hosted 5 of 8 courses.

Beginning in 1994, JES initiated a recycling project, the first pilot project of its kind in Jordan, 1994 in cooperation with the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) and the Ministry of Environment. The aim of this project is to preserve natural resources, minimize pressure on waste dumps, spread, apply the concept of separating solid wastes for recycling, and promote the use of recycled materials like paper, cardboard, metal, and plastic.

Recently, the recycling project was supported by His Majesty the King himself. Also it won the Ford International Award organized in Dubai in the year 2005 for the recycling play and the Dubai Municipality Award and other international and regional awards, etc.

All such efforts exerted by JES, were concluded by: the State’s Appreciation Award of 2003 granted to JES for being the best NGO engaged in environment field,

Project Name Project duration Objectives Target sectors Financing parties Amount

US $

National Environmental Information and Education Program (NEIEP) 1991-1998 Build abilities and awareness. Promoting of public awareness among Jordanian. Youth, children, women and farmers German Friedrich Naumann Foundation 700,000
Awareness Project in water (APW) 1994-1999 Education, information, communication, studies,and public awareness campaigns Students, women, priests and educational instructors United States Agency for International Development (USAID) 650,000
Integrated Pest Management Project (IPM) 1999-2004 To establish ecologically and economically sound plant protection systems at the farm level. Public, institutions, ministries, private business, farmers, and students German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) 10,000
Recycling Project 1995- present Recycling paper and Environment Awareness. Separating waste and recycling and public awareness Students, schools and institutions GEF/UNDP and Canadian International Devotement Agency (CIDA). GAM, Private Sector 150,000
Medical Waste Management Project (MWMP)

(3 phases)

1999-2005 Lift the abilities of those who work in the medical field to handle dangerous waste. Installing equipments in reference hospitals. Workers in the medical field. GTZ 400,000
King Hussein Environmental Management training program (KHEMTP) 1997-2000 Upgrading Jordanian training capacities in the field of environmental management and providing Jordan with environmental management expertise towards sustainable development Workers in environmental field, engineers, trainers, journalists, teachers CIDA and World University Service of Canada (WUSC) 50,000
Environmental Education Data Base Program 1994-1995-1996-1998 Environment Awareness and making encyclopaedia about environment (in Arabic and English) Local community, students and women CIDA 15,000
Environmental Honey project 1995-2005 Produce quality honey Local community Self-financed 15,000
Field projects such as:

Al-Sumaq forest, grow green belt around Cement Factory and Yajooz

1994-2000 Developing local communities Local communities at the areas mentioned International Environment.

Self- financed

Environmental Health Project (EHP) 1998-1999 Fight inspects and rodents and reduce the use of pesticides in Dhuleil Wadi. Local community and workers at Kherbat Al-Samra Waste Water Treatment plant area USAID 10,000
Different projects 1990-2000 Protecting the environment Local community Different sides 50,000
Solid Waste Management Project in 6 Arab Cities. 2000-2002 Managing of household solid waste correctly and reinforce the concept of recycling Students, janitors, municipalities, workers in landfills Arab Fund for Economical and Social Development in Kuwait 130,000
Household Hazardous Waste Management 2004-2005 Promoting public awareness regarding household hazardous waste. Separation and collecting of such waste Houses wife, shopping centres, USAID 22,000
WEPIA water quality and awareness project 2001-2003 Social marketing and promoting water economy pieces, training and establishing abilities Priests, preacher International Development Agency and WEPIA 65,000
Environmental Camp Project in JES land in Amman 1995-present Biodiversity protection, environmental education, Land-use, and demo-site Local community, students Ministry of Agriculture.

Self-financed (needs a fund)

Bio-Gas project 2002-2004 Awareness in using waste gases (CH4) and building abilities Workers in all organizations and local community and students UNDP and Denmark Government 122,000
Agro-Biodiversity of crops 2001-2005 Preserve the diversity of agricultural crops used for food Farmers and students UNDP and Ministry of Agriculture 51,000
Sustainable Development Network Project 2000-so far Exchange information between development institutions through the internet and spread awareness and build abilities Workers in environment sectors and NGOs UNDP program in cooperation with the National Information Centre 9,000
Environment Training and Building Capacities Unit 2002-so far Training trainees in environmental management Workers in Environment al management JES, WHO-Iraq, ministry of Environment 150,000
Eco-student Network 2007-2008 Exchanging environmental information between schools Schools and students JES and Private sector 10,000
Eco-Garden 2008 Environmental rehabilitation of gardens Local community JES and municipality of greater Amman 10,000
Recycling of Vehicle Used oil 2008 Recycling and get benefits of automobiles used oil Used Oil Stations JES and Private Sectors 10,000
                TOTAL 2,709,000

It can be shown from this table that JES has received $ 2.7 million as projects in the forms of grants and contracts.

In addition JES has got a land in Amman (100,000 squire meter) and in terms of money its around $ 20 million.

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