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16 May 2017

Affordable and Clean Energy for All in Jordan

On May 16, the West Asia - North Africa Institute (WANA) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) hosted a ministerial meeting on Sustainable Development Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy for All. Participants discussed the challenges and opportunities of implementing SDG 7 in Jordan. The meeting was at...
18 Jan 2016

The West – Asia North Africa Institute Joins the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network

The WANA Institute is delighted to announce that we have just been accepted into the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). The SDSN is a global initiative for the United Nations that is dedicated to finding sustainable solutions to the biggest environmental challenges fac...
31 Aug 2016

Unified Arab Voices for COP22 Forum

It would be very difficult to dispute climate change and its profound effects on the world today. In the WANA region, the past decade has brought many challenges, politically, socioeconomically and otherwise, only further exasperated by climate change and its tremendous impact on local communities t...
09 Mar 2017

New Opportunities for Jordanian Water Security

Under the patronage of HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, the WANA institute in partnership with the University of Oxford and EcoPeace shared their research findings for a project funded by the British Council in a closing workshop on Tuesday 7th March. The project aimed at finding new ways to increase...
19 Oct 2017

A Sustainable Future for Jordan: Implementing the SDGs after the Voluntary National Review

On 19 October 2017, the West Asia – North Africa Institute (WANA) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) hosted a high-level panel discussion on Jordan’s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The event was held under the patronage of HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal. The pan...
28 Jun 2018

Reducing Social Pressures through Energy Cost-Savings and Renewable Energy Investments

How can Jordan scale up the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in line with the Jordan Response Plan and Jordan’s Economic Growth Plan? The WANA Institute, Chatham House, EDAMA, and the NRC hosted two workshops as part of the Moving Energy Initiative. The roundtable meeting on 27...
28 Sep 2017

Upscaling Sustainable Energy for Community Buildings in Refugee-Hosting Areas

On 28 September, the WANA Institute, Chatham House, EDAMA, and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) brought together 30 experts in Amman to discuss how to upscale sustainable energy investments in community buildings in Jordan. In order to meet the increased energy demands arising from the presence o...
07 Jun 2016

WANA Institute Hosts Inception Workshop for Response Strategies to Climate Change Project

Climate change is having widespread and adverse impacts on the West Asia-North Africa region. As this phenomenon progresses, increasing drought and variable precipitation patterns will adversely impact agricultural productivity and water scarcity. Because climate change research has predominately fo...
02 Mar 2016

WANA Institute announces Water Decoupling Project

The West Asia - North Africa Institute is pleased to annouce the launch of its Water Decoupling Project, which will be carried out in association with the University of Oxford.  In Jordan and Palestine, water scarcity and food insecurity are increasingly understood as existential threats to human se...
25 Apr 2017

Translating the Sustainable Development Goals into Implementation Policy

On April 24, the West Asia - North Africa Institute (WANA) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) brought together 50 key stakeholders from Jordan and the Arab region to share SDG implementation opportunities. The conference marked the beginning of a series of roundtable discussions to recommend ways fo...
19 Oct 2015

Constructive dialogue in the WANA Region on the Environmental SDGs

On Monday 12 to Tuesday 13 October 2015, the WANA Institute, in collaboration with the German Development Agency (GIZ) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), held a conference on the newly announced Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and their impact on water and natural resour...
08 Jul 2018

Local Communities in Jordan Train for Climate Change Adaptation

30 climate change youth ambassadors and 30 community-based organisations (CBOs) from Irbid, Zarqa and Balqa participated in a capacity-building session on climate change theory and science in Amman over the weekend. It was the first of five workshops organised by the West Asia–North Africa (WANA) In...
13 Mar 2019

Reducing the Costs of Aid Operations through Cleaner Energy

The Working Group on Energy and Water of the Moving Energy Initiative held its closing workshop on 13 March in Amman. Over the past two years, the Working Group has brought together government, humanitarian, NGO, and business actors in Jordan in support of the energy priorities of the Jordan Respons...
19 Sep 2018

Documentary Shows Al-Karamah’s Struggles with Water and Energy

While Al-Karamah used to be called ‘Alabar’ (the wells), the inhabitants face severe water shortages today. A new documentary by the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) depicts the daily struggles of local families with water, electricity, and other issues....
18 Feb 2018

WANA Searches Climate Change Youth Ambassadors

The West Asia–North Africa (WANA) Institute is launching a contest in search of climate change youth ambassadors from Irbid, Zarqa and Balqa. Youth from Irbid, Zarqa and Balqa between the ages of 19 and 25 are invited to submit a video or photo story explaining their original solution to a water, en...
16 Sep 2015

Watch highlights from the WANA Forum 2015

On Monday 12 to Tuesday 13 October 2015, the WANA Institute, in collaboration with the German Development Agency (GIZ) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), held a conference on the newly announced Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and their impact on water and natural resour...
14 Aug 2016

WANA Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Water Resource Decoupling

Last week WANA hosted a roundtable interview session with policy officials involved in the field of water. This covered topics including water allocation and productivity and pricing, and challenges of managing water demand across competing sectors. Participants reflected on secondary data collected...
08 Dec 2019

Contribute to Encouraging Knowledge and Technology Transfer and Adoption between Jordan and Taiwan

The West Asia and North Africa (WANA) Institute and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Jordan are hosting an end-of-project conference to share Taiwan’s environmental excellence.  The project “Contribute to Encouraging Knowledge and Technology Transfer and Adoption between Jordan and Taiwan”...
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