UNDP launches Jordan "Third National Communication on Climate Change"

Nov 27, 2014

In partnership with the Ministry of Environment, UNDP launched "Third National Communications on Climate change in Jordan" on Tuesday November 25. The report was prepared by the Ministry of Environment through a national team of experts and it took two years of extensive research and work. The report identified four major risks associated with climate change for the sector: temperature increase, rainfall decrease, droughts and a shift in the wet season, with cropping systems, livestock production, and livelihood and food security being affected the most.

According to the TNC, Jordan climate will witness steady rise in temperatures rates in the coming decades, with decrease in the amount of rainfall. Based on the report it is expected to witness a higher temperatures, by 2050, at a rate of 1.5-2.5 ° C, and a significant decline in rainfall in the western regions of Jordan, as well as and declining rainfall in the southern and eastern regions by up to 30%.

The annual precipitation will decrease significantly with time, at a rate of 1.2 millimeters per year, while simultaneously, the mean, maximum and minimum air temperature will tend to increase significantly by 0.02°C, 0.01°C and 0.03°C per year, respectively, the report indicated.

"The report provides a long-term, scientifically sound description of the projected impacts of climate change on Jordan as well as a comprehensive mitigation assessment and a detailed inventory of greenhouse gas emissions". Environment Minister Taher Shakhshir said.

UNDP Country Director Zena Ali Ahmad, highlighted UNDP role in helping Jordan to face the challenges of climate change and various environmental issues, saying: "The climate change and protection of the environment portfolio is of the most important ones in which the program believe that addressing as such critical issues as climate change and degradation of natural resources is key element  to reduce poverty and promote for sustainable development:  she  also said the Third National Communication on Climate Change will be officially handed over to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat at the UNFCCC COP 20: Lima Climate Change Conference early December.

Jordan signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992 and joined the Kyoto Protocol in 2003. The kingdom maintains a commitment to the objectives formulated by the international community. According to the report Jordan's contribution to the emission of greenhouse gases, does not exceed 28.7 million tons of carbon from various sectors.

Download report: http://www.jo.undp.org/content/dam/jordan/docs/Publications/Enviro/climate-changet-from%20batir%20smaller%20version.pdf

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