Our Approach

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) the project is supporting partner organisations in decentralized wastewater management as a measure of climate change adaptation.

The project promotes the efficient use of water resources by a twofold approach: Precious water resources are protected from the pollution with untreated raw wastewater. At the same time, the treated wastewater is reused safely and productively as an alternative water. Both elements lay the ground for a future that might bring even more severe climatic conditions to the region, thus potentially increasing the stress on the already limited available water resources.

The project is implemented in the Northern Governorate Irbid (Wadi Hassan wastewater treatment plant), which is strongly affected by the Syrian refugee influx, as well as in the Dana biosphere reserve in Southern Jordan (Feynan Ecolodge). Models for modular decentralized wastewater treatment plants for domestic wastewater and sludge are being developed and implemented at two representative pilot sites in cooperation with the Jordanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation, the Water Authority of Jordan, The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, water utilities and the private sector.

Methods for reusing the treated wastewater are being tested. Besides piloting activities, tools for scaling-up the decentralized wastewater management and reuse approach are being developed in order to support the sector in implementing the newly established decentralized wastewater management policy. Capacities of stakeholders in decentralized wastewater management as a measure for climate change adaptation are strengthened.