Jordan: NAWAMED and WaSec projects debated about new technologies and methods to foster non-conventional resources toward a circular water management


WaSec project final conference organized by Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in cooperation with the partners of WaSec project during the period from 27th-28th of July 2022 in Jordan.

WaSec (Innovations in Water Education: Enhancing Water Security and Socio-economic Development in the Eastern Mediterranean under Climate Change) project aims to teach new technologies and methods to students that will incorporate them in water resources management plans and that eventually will be adopted in the water relevant organizations and businesses.  

Presentations related to the water and Nature-Based Solutions were provided by experts in the fields of climate change and water management from Palestine, Jordan, and Europe. 

Prof. Ahmed Al-Salaymeh, WaSec and NAWAMED project coordinator at University of Jordan (UJ), delivered a presentation on “Nature Based Solutions for Domestic Water Reuse” to increase the adoption of non-conventional water practices. 

After that, Dr. Othman Al-Mashaqbeh from the Royal Scientific Society (RSS), presented on the performance of constructed wetland system for industrial wastewater treatment in Jordan.

Dr. Al-Mashagbeh explained that the plants play an essential part in wastewater treatment in wetlands, and the plants have several roles in relation to the wastewater treatment processes.

Plants provide a substrate for microorganisms, which are the most important processors of   wastewater contaminants.

Furthermore, he clarified that the most common criteria that are applied for the selection of plant species in constructed wetlands are as follows: easy propagation and rapid growth, high biomass production, high absorption capacity of pollutants.

On the other hand, Dr. George Zaimes, from International Hellenic University in Greece, gave a presentation on the targeted approaches of nature-based solutions to mitigate nonpoint source pollutants. 

This event was the occasion to create synergy for a common pathway in Jordan at Mediterranean level for fostering the Nature-Based solutions and the use of Non-conventional Water. 

Nature-based Solutions defined by IUCN as: actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits.