The REC is implementing the project “Sustainable Use of Transboundary Water Resources and Water Security Management” (WATER SUM) with funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). As part of the local water security action planning activities carried out under the project's Water and Security (WaSe) component the REC is providing grants to assist the local-level implementation of identified priority activities aimed at improving local water security and sustainable development planning in targeted communities.
Following the successful development of local water security action plans (LWSAPs) by local planning teams, and their endorsement by relevant authorities, eight pilot project proposals have been approved for the available grants. The total amount available is EUR 360,000 (EUR 45,000 per partner municipality/delegation), with at least 50 percent of total project costs covered through the contribution of in-kind support.
The eight pilot projects to be implemented with financial support from the WATER SUM project are outlined below.
Rain Harvesting and Sustainable Water Management
Municipality of Ajloun, Jordan
The project will stimulate municipal-level initiatives to increase knowledge and awareness about the importance of water harvesting. Construction work related to a water harvesting system will include the building of a water reservoir, drainage pipes and other relevant infrastructure. The project will empower stakeholders and enhance community awareness and knowledge about water efficiency and the proper use of water resources at the household level.
Total project value: EUR 90,000
Rainwater Harvesting Tanks for Al-Karak Park
Municipality of Al-Karak, Jordan
The project will result in the construction of two reservoirs with a combined annual capacity of 5,000 m3 of water. The project will also raise knowledge and awareness about water harvesting at the municipal level.
Total project value: EUR 120,456
Rainwater for the Green Garden in the Municipality of Jerash
Municipality of Jerash, Jordan
The project aims to promote cost-responsive water harvesting techniques through capacity building, awareness raising and the construction of a reservoir in the Green Garden. The project will also contribute to increasing the skills and knowledge of stakeholders.
Total project value: EUR 90,000
Water Harvesting for Al Magarrib Park
Municipality of Al Salt, Jordan
Through the construction and activation of a water harvesting unit, this project will provide continuous water supply for the Al Magarrib Park. This improvement will increase the site’s natural value, increase the number of visitors, and improve human welfare.
Total project value: EUR 90,100
Building of Seven Water Storage Reservoirs and Rehabilitation of Two Reservoirs for the Jarda Region
Nefza Delegation, Tunisia
The building of seven new water storage reservoirs and the rehabilitation of two existing reservoirs will provide sufficient water for local inhabitants who have been suffering from water scarcity, particularly during the summer months. These improvements will decrease tensions between water users and will contribute to achieving social stability.
Total project value: EUR 115,365
Maintenance and Rehabilitation of 50 Traditional Reservoirs
Matmata Delegation, Tunisia
The project will result in the reconstruction of 50 traditional water harvesting reservoirs, enabling them to collect and store considerable quantities of water. This improvement will in turn boost agricultural efforts in the region, and will help to preserve the cultural heritage of the local population.
Total project value: EUR 97,943
Water Harvesting and Sanitation for School and Community
Bir Mchergha Delegation, Tunisia
Due to the project, more than 200 children in two public schools will obtain access to drinking water of adequate quality. Increased access to a clean, safe water supply will improve the health of children and teachers alike. At the same time, neighbourhood residents will be able to access stored water for a small fee.
Total project value: EUR 127,207
Contribution to the Improvement of the Drinking Water Supply
Sidi Ali Ben Aoun Delegation, Tunisia
The project will reduce the rate of illicit connections to the water supply system by establishing regular connections in accordance with technical standards, thereby benefiting 1,160 families.
Total project value: EUR 175,384