Jordan Environment Society (JES) – JES Profile

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.

This piece is taken from the website of the Jordan Environment Society.

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