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A roadmap leading to to a prosperous Jordan and Mediterranean region

Jordan, like most Mediterranean countries, suffers from great environmental degradation due to the current unsustainable patterns of consumption and production. Air and water pollution, land degradation, loss of biodiversity, waste generation or resource scarcity are some of the main environmental challenges and problems faced by Jordan. We have partnered with the Ministry of Environment of Jordan to take action, developing the Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) National Action Plan. Here we will learn more about the process to develop this SCP National Action Plan (SCP NAP).

The development of the SCP NAP kicked off in 2014, but its developers did not have to start from scratch. In 2011, the Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme, conducted the Green Economy Scoping Study, which laid the groundwork for leading Jordan towards a green economy and sustainable consumption and production practices. Indeed, the National Action Plan is part of this comprehensive approach towards transformation into a green economy.

The Ministry of Environment designed a plan comprising a series of activities to help draft the National Action Plan. The first step was to create a Technical Expert Committee for the six green economy sectors. Next, a national SCP stakeholder roundtable was organized on 22 October 2014, at which the 3 priority areas of the action plan were selected: agriculture/food production, transport and waste management. Representatives of government, NGOs and the private sector, together with experts from the Ministry and UNEP, had the chance to share their perspectives. Based on the results of that workshop, the first draft of the action plan was prepared. This first draft was first submitted to an extensive stakeholder consultation workshop on 17 August 2015, after which followed a stakeholders’ consultation and validation workshop from 1 to 3 September 2015. Three technical working groups comprised of government, businesses, civil society, green financing institutions, research centres and international development agencies had the opportunity to review and suggest actions.

Currently, the SCP National Action Plan is close to being finalized and published officially. Its structure comprises strategic objectives and three operational objectives for the three priority sectors. The operational objectives are the development of policy and a legal framework; the promotion and implementation of specific initiatives; and the development and implementation of education and awareness-raising actions.

The expected outputs include job creation and improved economic competitiveness accompanied by the preservation of natural resources and energy, the prevention and minimization of waste generation, a cleaner environment and healthier ecosystems, the ensuring of the wellbeing of societies, the provision of sustainable goods and services for present and future generations and the road to a prosperous Jordan and Mediterranean region.

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27/05/2016 Policy Makers