Enhancing the Resilience of Azraq Basin Community


Azraq Basin is suffering from dryness due to over pumping for agricultural activities and water supply for Amman, which has caused drying out of its natural feeding springs and alarming an environmental disaster. The consequences of overuse are reflected negatively in the cultural, historical, social, tourist, environmental, water and economic activities of the Basin and in the increased poverty percentage within the community.

Our project aims at contributing to the overall efforts to reduce over pumping and to save the Basin from dryness. Towards this aim we have rehabilitated water networks to decrease water loss, disseminated best practices to save water, and introduced non-conventional water resources for agriculture as well as crop patterns that consume less water and have high value in return, thus improving the socio-economic conditions of the community and reducing poverty especially among rural women. The project’s main activities are:

1) Provision of water saving devices to households to conserve water;

2) Installation of grey water systems to households to re-use it for agriculture;

3) Promotion of water-saving farming technologies and crop patterns;

4) Water scarcity awareness raising activities in the community with special focus on women and students;

5) Development of interactive animation game to educate students on water saving practices;

6) Scale-up of RSCN initiated educational programme through providing the water lab with Educational Kit for children and youth;

7) Training of young rangers in summer camps focusing on sustainable water use;

8) Documentation of project’s lessons learned to facilitate the dissemination of its best practices and their replication in other communities.

Project Details




Azraq Basin


September 2013 – September 2014


UNDP Every Drop Matters


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