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17 Jul 2022

Natural Resource Governance in Light of the 2030 Agenda: The Case of Competition for Groundwater in Azraq, Jordan

This study analyses a complex social-ecological system (SES), the case of competition for groundwater in Azraq, in the light of the 2030 Agenda. Building on the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework (IAD) and the concept of Networks of Adjacent Action Situations (NAAS) it assess the compl...
Author : Ines Dombrowsky, Ramona Hägele, Lukas Behrenbeck, Thomas Bollwein, Mirjana Köder, Daniel Oberhauser, Ronja Schamberger, Majd Al-Naber, Marwan Al-Raggad, Elias Salameh
28 Mar 2022

Scaling up renewable energy and energy efficiency for public facilities in a refugee-hosting country: The case of schools and hospitals in Jordan

This white paper demonstrates that a coordinated effort to take a people‐centred approach to retrofitting and solarizing public buildings can bring national wellbeing, humanitarian and economic gains. The findings and recommendations are the culmination of a series of inter-ministry discussions and ...
Author : Glada Lahn, Eng. Lama Gharaibeh, Dr Majd Al-Naber, Nour Al-Najjar, Reem AlHaddadin, and Dr Sahar Jreisat
19 Oct 2021

Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on the “livelihoods” of Syrian refugees in Jordan

Through the lens and voices of syrian refugees in Jordan, the policy brief highlights how covid19 affected their livelihoods, especially access to water (already scarce) & education, despite efforts to mitigate the impact. The brief provides recommendations to alleviate the conditions of the ref...
Author : Reem Alhaddadin
03 May 2020

Proclaiming the Levant: Exiting from a Region Marred with Bilateral Cooperation to Regional Dialogue Water Shortage, Turning Crisis into Opportunity

The West Asia – North Africa Institute undertook research into the shared water aquifers in the Levant region which have long been considered vital conduits to different parts of the world.  Treaties to manage transboundary water were signed, but coordinated management is still rare.  The analytical...
Author : Dr. Majd Al Naber, Reem Alhaddadin
28 Jan 2020

Water and Agriculture in Jordan: Understanding Current Water and Agricultural Priorities and Futures

This publication portrays key impediments hindering efforts to improve and sustain water and food security in Jordan, in which it builds on the dialogue between different water users and policy planners and makers on sustainable water use by understanding each other’s current water and agricultural ...
Author : Dr. Majd Al Naber, Reem Alhaddadin, Dr. Michael Gilmont
17 Oct 2019

Environmental Statistics & Locally Proposed Activities to Combat Climate Change: Infographic Brief

This booklet is part of a two year project that was implemented between the years 2017-2019 under the title “Enabling Communities for Climate Change Adaptation Planning: Understanding Gender Roles” with funding from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Jordan. This infographic brief over...
Author : Dr. Majd Al Naber, Reem Alhaddadin
18 Apr 2018

A Region in Motion: Reflections from West Asia-North Africa

The West Asia-North Africa region sits at a complex crossroads where the impacts of chronic conflict, cultural fragmentation, and geopolitical interests collide. It is easy to think of the region’s future in pessimistic terms, yet while conflict and disaster provide a myriad of challenges, they also...
Author : WANA Institute
27 Nov 2017

A Guidance Note for SDG Implementation in Jordan: Water, Energy, and Climate Change

Jordan faces dire environmental challenges. The country is ranked as having one of the lowest levels of water resource availability in the world. An already difficult situation is being exacerbated by a high influx of refugees and the impacts of climate change. In addition, Jordan is one of the few ...
Author : Lara Nassar
02 Aug 2017

Condensed Report: Decoupling National Water Needs for National Water Supplies: Insights and Potential for Countries in the Jordan Basin

Jordan and Palestine face extreme water scarcity and potential food insecurity. These conditions threaten human security and the natural environment. This report compares the water allocation and management experience of Jordan, Palestine and Israel using the lens of economic and resource decoupling...
05 Jul 2017

Decoupling National Water Needs for National Water Supplies: Insights and Potential for Countries in the Jordan Basin

Jordan and Palestine face extreme water scarcity and potential food insecurity. These conditions threaten human security and the natural environment. This report compares the water allocation and management experience of Jordan, Palestine and Israel using the lens of economic and resource decoupling...
18 Apr 2017

From Politics to Policy: Building Regional Resilience in West Asia and North Africa

From Politics to Policy: Building Resilience in West Asia and North Africa is an anthology of research conducted by the WANA Institute between 2015 and 2016 in the areas of human security, social justice, and sustainability. The chapters point to increased inter-sectorial collaboration being the key...
Author : WANA Institute
28 Mar 2017

Religious Leaders Promoting Environmental Good Governance

This discussion paper gives with an overview of global environmental good governance concepts, highlighting the Islamic perspective in relation to the protection of environmental resources. It goes on to discuss ways in which religious and community leaders can promote environmental good governance,...
Author : Lara Nassar
28 Mar 2017

The Arab Environmental Governance Charter

The aim of this charter is to offer a set of pragmatic reform guidelines which can be used to respond to the new environmental challenges facing us today. It is hoped that an opportunity can be created to overcome deep-seated divisions between nations which will create a ripple effect for better act...
Author : Lara Nassar
28 Mar 2017

Promoting Water Cooperation in the WANA Region: Widening the Base for Water Diplomacy

The arguments put forward in this paper suggest that the political importance of water determines the scope for diplomatic efforts. At the same time, there may be opportunities for different forms of water management that are not envisaged under traditional understandings of transboundary cooperatio...
Author : WANA Institute
16 Mar 2017

Traditional Knowledge: Valuable Wisdom in the WANA Region

In this booklet, members of the Arab Network for Pastoral Societies testify about the value of traditional pastoralist knowledge for the WANA region. Their primary goal is to revive, document and develop this knowledge in order to support the development of Bedouin pastoral groups in the Arab region...
Author : Kamal Kakish
28 Feb 2017

Facilitating a Hima Resurgence: Understanding the Links between Land Governance and Tenure Security

Today, traditional land management systems are increasingly at risk. This has consequences, not only for land sustainability but also for the livelihoods and welfare of those depending on such lands. In some areas, increased land scarcity and commoditisation has precipitated a breakdown of the custo...
Author : Kamal Kakish
16 Feb 2017

Climate Change Adaptation in Jordanian Communities: Limitations, Opportunities and Incentivisation

Jordan’s climate is changing. Average temperatures are increasing, while rainfall is declining. These trends are projected to worsen, and will not be limited to progressive changes such as heat and drought. Destabilisation of climate systems is expected to make sudden and extreme weather events more...
Author : Lara Nassar
19 Oct 2015

Charting a New Course in Environmental Good Governance: Natural Resource Management, Al Hima & Islam

The modern capitalist development model has resulted in an unsustainable exploitation of the world’s finite natural resources, particularly water. Today, nearly 80 percent of the global population is water insecure; in developing countries 1.1 billion people lack access to a formal water supply and ...
Author : Dr. Odeh Al-Jayyousi
18 Oct 2015

Bridging the Gap: A New Islamic Sustainable Development Model

This paper critiques the sustainable development concept and tries to tackle its limitations by defining a new model specific to the challenges and norms of the WANA region. It is argued that the forces likely to mobilise the citizens of the region and leverage the required political commitment migh...
Author : Laylla Rkiouak
18 Oct 2015

Food-Water-Displacement in the WANA Region

The WANA region not only shares bodies of water, it shares a regional food system, and it shares populations - particularly through refugee movement. Both food and water insecurity have been advanced as potential contributing drivers of migration and of conflict, and both are exacerbated by the disp...
Author : Heather Elaydi
02 Feb 2011

Regional Solutions for Water Scarcity in West Asia & North Africa

Water scarcity, energy, climate change, and drought, are the most pressing environmental challenges that face the West Asia North Africa region. Water management policies and institutions both at national and regional levels remain underdeveloped, and fundamental relevant policy questions remain una...
Author : WANA Institute
08 Nov 2009

Greening WANA Consultation Report

Facing up to threats to long-term economic and environmental sustainability means responding comprehensively to these challenges. With that aim, a group of WANA Forum leading experts met to discuss and debate the challenges and opportunities for Greening WANA, particularly in the areas of environmen...
Author : WANA Institute
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