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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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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.

     

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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.

Your support for the Jordanian Environmental Watch Program will make it possible for JEWP to accomplish the goals and objectives of its establishment.

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This piece is taken from the website of Al Urdun Al Jadid Research Center (UJRC).

See on-line at: http://www.ujrc-jordan.org/jordan_environment.shtm

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