- Country: Jordan
- Geographic Coverage: National
- Lead Local Agencies:
- Ministry of Environment (MoENV)
- National Green Growth Plan
Jordan has significant economic growth potential, but is also facing equally significant environmental challenges and climate change exposure. A rapidly expanding population and industrial pollution have taken a toll on Jordan’s environment. Jordan’s water resources are under particular strain with severe water shortages leading to the draining of underwater aquifers and damage to critical water systems. Other pressing challenges concern limited energy access and security, and issues surrounding waste management.
Over the past two decades, the Government of Jordan (GOJ) has taken action to address these and other threats to its environment. In 2012, the Ministry of Environment (MoENV) engaged GGGI and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) to explore green growth projects. To identify green growth potential in Jordan and identify possible projects ready for planning, GGGI carried-out scoping activities and extensive stakeholder engagement throughout 2013.
In 2014, the GoJ approved the scoping project’s objectives and managerial framework. Jordan confirmed its high-level support for a green growth model and demonstrated it high-level political buy-in and commitment to GGGI by depositing its Instrument of Accession to become a GGGI Member Country.
In 2015, the Government of Jordan and GGGI signed an MoU to commence the process for the delivery of the agreed to project’s scope, terms and management arrangement to pave the way for collaborative work to develop a comprehensive set of national green growth policies and actions for Jordan.