1st phase of National Water Information System initiative concluded

Amman, Ministry of Water and Irrigation on Wednesday concluded the first phase of the EU-funded National Water Information System project, which was drafted in cooperation with a consortium of local and int’l companies.

During a ceremony held to announce the achievement, Minister of Water and Irrigation Ali Zaher al-Ghazzawi said this ambitious system will contribute to the development of data management in the water sector and give the decision-makers and the stakeholders an access to the data to be used in serving research and decision-making purposes.

The imbalance in the water demand -to-availability equation is the biggest challenge for this sector, especially in light of the water deficit that exceeded 30% of the total quantities required, added to the increasing effects of climate change and its adverse impact on the rainy seasons and the unusual increase in population growth, the minister told the gathering, attended by the ambassadors of the EU Andrea Fontana and Spain Aranzazu Banon.

The first phase of the project aims to deliver a new fully functional Water Information System (WIS) that can be consulted by all stakeholders and to enable water data sharing between all the relevant institutions in a flexible, efficient and non-bureaucratic manner.

Source: Jordan News Agency