A series of new workshops for Palestine and Jordan cities reveal urgent projects in the context of their SEACAPs development activities with the Clima-Med project

Clima-Med conducted in the past few months several online workshops with municipalities from different beneficiary countries in the Machrek region under the title “Sustainable development and climate action, an urgent need at local level”. In line with the tasks objectives determined by the project WP2, the aim of the workshops was to train, initiate and assist local authorities in the development, implementation and monitoring of their Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plans (SEACAPs), the identification of potential developmental opportunities and the development of related technical material.

In this context, mayors, presidents and members of the different departments in the municipalities described the current situation and conditions of the cities at all levels and shared with the project team their needs and development perspectives. Along the discussions, they identified together with the Clima-Med team the potential fields of intervention and agreed to tackle the issues by developing adequate projects with the central objective of insuring sustainability in the process of development and implementation.

YAABAD – Palestine

Throughout the online workshop with Yaabad Municipality in Palestine conducted on the 24th of June 2020, it was mutually assessed that the city was in vital need of projects in the fields of solid waste, livestock, agriculture, water, wastewater, sewage and electricity. A number of key outputs of the meeting came out such as the development of waste source sorting, the launch of awareness raising actions to tackle the waste problems,  and the set-up of a strategic plan to benefit from the livestock resources by insuring a modern slaughterhouse and industrial refrigerator to meet international standard in quality and environmental impact.

When talking about agriculture, it became clear that awareness raising campaigns should be initiated to increase efficiency as well as empowerment of the reputed olive oil industry and implementation of new hydroponic farms. Being a common denominator to all sectors and an important resource in life, it was decided to solidify and ensure efficiency and cost reduction in the water management by installing solar panels on the water pumps, create new reservoirs near water streams and encourage roof top water harvesting.  The workshop concluded its session with an agreement to integrate practical solutions tailored to the situation of the city regarding the sewage and wastewater treatment to try to complete the existing unfinished network of sewage. Finally, it was noted that an enlargement of the actual solar farm of 1MW should be done to reach their objective to produce 4 MW of electricity from renewable sources while also raising awareness on its efficient use.

UMM EL JIMAL – Jordan

On the 30th of June 2020, The Clima-Med Machrek team conducted an online workshop with the representatives of Umm el Jimal municipality in Jordan; the aim of this training session was to build local authorities’ capacity for the development of the city’s SEACAP as well as assist them in the identification of potential development opportunities. Umm el-Jimal is a large village located in the Hauran region, northern Jordan and less than 10 km from the Syrian border. It is primarily notable for the substantial ruins of a Byzantine and early Islamic town which are clearly visible above the ground, as well as an older Roman village (locally referred to as al-Herri) located to the southwest of the Byzantine ruins. Despite its arid soil, Umm el Jimal is surprisingly well suited for agriculture, and its livelihood and economy are largely derived from agricultural and pastoral sustenance.

Throughout the workshop, the Clima-Med team together with the mayor and the municipal team discussed the development of several projects in different fields, mainly the one concerning solid waste; this specific project involves the implementation of the 2019/2024 plan prepared by the municipality, through the identification and execution of precise steps focusing on source separation, information management, routing improvement and control, sorting and composting plants. Discussions which the team went on about the town livestock population of around 70000 sheep and goats, leading to the idea of developing an overall strategy to enhance the sector and optimize the output while taking into consideration all aspects of animal welfare and waste recycling. The agricultural sector is also a strong point in the assets that Umm el Jimal benefits from.

The members of the municipal team highlighted their long-term vision of the city and the challenges they are facing. They investigated with the project team the means to improve the sector’s situation by adopting sustainable agriculture policies and methods while working on awareness raising actions. Running water and wastewater took also an important part of the discussion. The final outcome of the workshop resulted in the adoption of the following projects: rainwater harvesting in the historical valley, desalination plant, increasing efficiency of irrigation technologies, grey water reuse for non-fruitful crops and trees and public awareness.

DURA- Palestine

When the Clima-Med Machrek team conducted the online workshop with Dura Municipality in Palestine, it led its executive members to assert their vision of the city and wishes of development in all sectors. The town of Dura is located in the Hebron Governorate, 6 km to the west of Hebron city in the southern part of the West Bank. After a brief description of the city and the overall situation of the various sectors at all levels, the discussion led to the mutual identification of potential projects based on the municipality’s vision, aspirations and needs.

 

The following list of projects to be adopted in each field is a concrete translation of the workshop’s outcome:

  1. Agriculture, livestock and forestation: including the restoration of agricultural small houses and warehouses, construction of a central slaughterhouse following the international standards, creation of a pinery, forestry, city greening project and a composting plant for crops residues, manure or organic waste.
  2. Water and drinking water: involving the construction of 2 small water reservoirs to ensure water for farmers, digging new artesian wells, water harvesting ponds and reservoirs and water management.
  3. Wastewater treatment plant and sewage network: with the connection of households to the network, the construction of the plant and the extension of the first phase in preparation of the following.
  4. Solid waste: improving the information management system, the collection routing, waste sorting from source and the sorting plant.
  5. Electricity: with the installation of solar PVs on municipal buildings, solar farm for the residential sector, producing awareness raising campaigns for energy use and Energy Efficiency measures for municipal buildings.

AL ZARKA- Jordan

On July 7th, 2020 Clima-med Machrek team went on with the series of online workshops and concluded another one with the Jordanian municipality of Al Zarka. Throughout the meeting, its executive members discussed with the project team the actual situation of this large city of 1.3 million inhabitants and the challenges they are facing. Together, they identified the development opportunities in regard to sustainability and adaptation to climate change.

The discussion was based on the essential components of the city’s management and the adoption of the following projects:

  • Solid waste management: improving the information management system, the collection routing, waste sorting from source and producing awareness raising campaigns.
  • Transportation: Al Zarka is an important roadway interchange serving the north of the country in many directions (3 main taxis and bus stations and 38 lines of public transportation); therefore, the preparation of a public transportation strategic management plan and building multi-stories parking in the crowded commercial centre of the city in order to reduce congestion would be very efficient.
  • Greenery and forestation: Increasing public gardens spaces and roadsides (by relocating the crafting area outside the city) for the better welfare of the population; harvesting water from “Al Zarka River” while rehabilitating the riverbed and reforesting it; reusing treated water out of the treatment plant an additional source of water to irrigate the roadsides greenery and the public gardens.
  • Energy: changing energy consuming lighting bulbs on the streets and the stadium to efficient LED ones; building a solar farm to feed the grid and reduce reliance on traditional energy sources; and raising awareness through campaigns on energy efficiency use in municipal buildings and the residential sector.

AL MAFRAQ- Jordan

Located at the north of Jordan, Al Mafraq is a town of 600,000 inhabitants. Its location is on a crossroad between the North West toward Irbid and the North East toward the desertic region borderline with Iraq. The Clima-Med Machrek team conducted an online workshop with its executive members throughout which they affirmed their long-term vision for the development of the city.

The actual situation of the town at all levels, its aspirations and needs were examined; discussions led to the mutual identification of potential projects to be adopted in each field as a concrete translation of the workshop’s outcome:

  1. Solid Waste Management: including solid waste composting plant, information management system, routing improvement, sorting from the source, and treatment plants.
  2. Transportation: together with multi stories parking in the commercial centre of the city, car free areas determined, and the circulation circuit remapped.
  3. Water and Rainwater: water harvesting through ponds and water reservoirs and rainwater collection from the streets.
  4. Wastewater and sewage: with the usage of the treated water to irrigate the public gardens and roadsides greenery
  5. Energy and Electricity: comprising the replacement of traditional street lighting bulbs to LED, roof top solar PV installation for municipal buildings, residential sector and tertiary sector, solar farm construction linked to the grid, municipal buildings Energy Efficiency measures.
  6. Agriculture, greenery and Forestation: together with the city greening, public gardens, the construction of a big refrigerated warehouse for agricultural and animal products storage.

 

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