Development of Macro-catchment Structures

1- Agreements and Work Plan

The MoEnv signed three agreements with MoWI/JVA entitled “Construction of Ponds (hafeers) and Dams in Jordan Badia” to implement the activities of “Development of Macro-catchment Structures Project”.  The plan is to construct more than 80 ponds and small earth dams during the lifetime of CAP. By the end of 2014, the total number of implemented structures were 29 distributed in different parts of the Badia. Assessment of structures is currently implemented by the M&E component of the project. The criteria include the levels of water storage, the number of communities benefiting from the collected water and the environmental impacts of the long-term plan.

Locations of the implemented structures (By end of 2014) are shown in the map below. In order to visualize these structures on Google Earth using the KMZ file, send an email to the database of BRP: jbakri@ju.edu.jo.


2- Activities

Activity 1: Selection of sites for construction of ponds and dams.

Activity 2: Construction of ponds.

 Activity 3: Construction of earth dams.

Activity 4: Enhancing awareness of local communities on the objectives of the BRP.

Activity 5: Strengthening the capacity of cooperatives in the Badia

Activity 6: Partnering with Governmental and NGOs in the Badia

Activity 7: Area for production of irrigated forage crops

Activity 8: Installing pumps and a pipe network at each macro-catchment to provide water for sheep and goats.

Activity 9: Permitting the Rangeland Cooperatives in target areas to manage the dams and stock ponds and using the collected water for domestic use, watering animals and irrigation of small scale production of forage crops.

An example on the macro water structure (pond) in the northern Badia

Location: Ghosain 2, Date: February 2015 (Photo by Dr Jawad Al-Bakri)

 Water pond (Ghosain 2) in the north Badia

An example on the macro water structure (pond) in the southern Badia

Location: Al-Abyad 3, Date: November 2014 before rainfall season (Photo by Dr Ahmad Abu-Awwad)

  

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