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Jordan

Jordan is an Arab country in West Asia and sits along the east bank of the Jordan River. At the crossroads of Africa, Asia and Europe, Jordan is considered part of the cradle of civilisation. Evidence of human habitation goes back 200,000 years the region has been a key site in classical antiquity, the rise and fall of major empires, and the history of Islam. 


Jordan is home to a wide range of habitats and landscapes, from Mediterranean forestry in the west to the red and sandy martian-like Wadi Rum in the south. In terms of climate, it’s pretty hot and dry most of the time - with the exception of the short and cool winter. The rocky, sandy landscape and dry climate mean sandstorms can form during strong winds, which blow in from the south.


Since about 1950, Jordan has been welcoming to a wide range of refugees of neighbouring conflicts and persecution. It is a wealthy nation with a high level of development and a skilled workforce, but economic progress has been slowed over time due to minimal natural resources and the turmoil of the surrounding area. It has, however, maintained a strong tourist industry thanks to its exceptional and hugely important archaeological sites such as Petra and Jerash, and the Dead Sea.


The recent global financial crisis and Arab Spring hit the country hard by limiting GDP growth and impacting on various industries and tourism. Ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Syria have severely impacted their trade with Jordan, and associates of the Islamic State have cost Jordan enormous sums by continually attacking the pipeline from Egypt that supplies Jordan with gas. Jordan may be an “oasis of stability”, but there can be no ignoring challenging neighbours. 


TOTAL POPULATION

8.8 million YEAR 2014

CO2 EMISSIONS

26,450 kt COUNTRY, YEAR 2014

2,593,200 kt Middle East and North Afric, YEAR 2014

“A 14% reduction in emissions compared to business-as-usual levels by 2030."

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CLIMATE SIGNIFICANCE

Jordan has quite a Mediterranean climate with a long, hot and dry summer and short, cool and relatively wet winter. It does rain from October to May, but 80% of precipitation falls during a short winter period - from December to March. As a whole, the country is described as semi-arid to arid (one of the four driest countries in the world), with big expanses of desert, particularly in the east.

Water, or lack of it, is a serious concern for Jordan. Over the last few decades the population has continued to grow significantly, which places obvious pressure on existing water resources. Unfortunately, Jordan is almost entirely dependent on rain and it’s contribution to underground aquifers. Demand for water has increased hugely and nothing has been achieved to increase its availability. Given how essential water if for all aspects of life, this is the most pressing issue facing Jordan and it will be exacerbated by climate change. 

Meteorological data from 1961 to 2005 shows definite temperature increases in Jordan and an overall decrease in precipitation. All climate models looking forward predict an increase in temperature of 1-1.3°C by 2050, with particularly hot summer months. Higher temperatures mean higher evaporation when rain does fall, meaning a reduction in surface run-off and eventual storage of water in aquifers and other water bodies. This also contributes a lowering of the water table and reduction in overall quality of available water. 

To meet these challenges, Jordan must take steps to effectively manage its water resources, develop new ones, and increase its efficiency in using them. Water recycling infrastructure, loss reduction, extensive rainwater harvesting, desalination and water-saving technologies must all be brought to the table moving forward as our planet warms.   


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DATA INSIGHTS

The World Bank classifies Jordan as an upper middle-income country. Jordan’s position in the fight against climate change is better understood by observing its historical of carbon emissions and exposure to climate risk. The following plots provide an overview of Jordan’s historic greenhouse gas emissions in perspective with global emission levels, as well as the country’s relative vulnerability and preparedness to climate change.

Jordan Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Jordan’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change from 1990

This plot combines 3 pieces of information measured from 1990 - 2012: The bar chart indicates the volume of the country’s GHG emissions, the dotted line shows the variation of this volume compared to the baseline 1990, and the full line presents the same variation, but globally.


Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and fluorocarbons are the main drivers of global warming. Between 1990 and 2012, the world’s emissions grew by 40%.



From 1990 to 2008, Jordan witnessed a sharp increase in its emissions of 111% This increasing trend was mainly led by population growth and economic growth, which have increased the country's electricity demand. Overall Jordan’s emissions increased by 134% between 1990 and 2012. 


The energy sector is responsible for the largest share (73%) of Jordan’s emissions. A high dependence on fossil fuel heat and electricity production (accounting for over 97% of Jordan’s energy supply in 2014). As such, Jordan has the opportunity to curb emissions by transitioning into renewable technologies and start to progressively wither away from pricier and less efficient oil fields. (Source: WRI, 2018; World Bank, 2018) 

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Jordan Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Jordan’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change from 1990

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This plot combines 3 pieces of information measured from 1990 - 2012: The bar chart indicates the volume of the country’s GHG emissions, the dotted line shows the variation of this volume compared to the baseline 1990, and the full line presents the same variation, but globally.


Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and fluorocarbons are the main drivers of global warming. Between 1990 and 2012, the world’s emissions grew by 40%.



From 1990 to 2008, Jordan witnessed a sharp increase in its emissions of 111% This increasing trend was mainly led by population growth and economic growth, which have increased the country's electricity demand. Overall Jordan’s emissions increased by 134% between 1990 and 2012. 


The energy sector is responsible for the largest share (73%) of Jordan’s emissions. A high dependence on fossil fuel heat and electricity production (accounting for over 97% of Jordan’s energy supply in 2014). As such, Jordan has the opportunity to curb emissions by transitioning into renewable technologies and start to progressively wither away from pricier and less efficient oil fields. (Source: WRI, 2018; World Bank, 2018) 

Jordan Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

Jordan’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

This graph ranks a country’s climate performance by measuring its readiness (x-axis) and its vulnerability (y-axis). Both are measured from 0 - 1 (1 being the most ready or most vulnerable). This index combines indicators of a country’s exposure to climate change and others that measure the country’s potential to withstand those shocks. 


Each dot in this plot represents a country. The countries in most urgent situations are on the top left of the graph whilst the most resilient ones stand at the bottom right.


Relative to other countries, Jordan is well positioned with fairly less vulnerability and better preparedness. However, there is a need to strengthen the adaptive capacity of the country. As the country highly dependent on food imports, the agricultural sector needs a careful regulation of climate-smart agricultural practices. Due to its high dependency on imported energy sources, Jordan will face a major challenge to secure its energy supply. (Source: ND-GAIN, 2018)


The impacts of climate change vary by country and region. But wherever you are, local-level adaptation projects are necessary. You have all the cards in hand, now go explore our live projects and be one of the good guys. 


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Jordan Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

Jordan’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

graph

This graph ranks a country’s climate performance by measuring its readiness (x-axis) and its vulnerability (y-axis). Both are measured from 0 - 1 (1 being the most ready or most vulnerable). This index combines indicators of a country’s exposure to climate change and others that measure the country’s potential to withstand those shocks. 


Each dot in this plot represents a country. The countries in most urgent situations are on the top left of the graph whilst the most resilient ones stand at the bottom right.


Relative to other countries, Jordan is well positioned with fairly less vulnerability and better preparedness. However, there is a need to strengthen the adaptive capacity of the country. As the country highly dependent on food imports, the agricultural sector needs a careful regulation of climate-smart agricultural practices. Due to its high dependency on imported energy sources, Jordan will face a major challenge to secure its energy supply. (Source: ND-GAIN, 2018)


The impacts of climate change vary by country and region. But wherever you are, local-level adaptation projects are necessary. You have all the cards in hand, now go explore our live projects and be one of the good guys. 


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