“Improving Resilience of Vulnerable Communities in Faqou Village” is the new project implemented by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) with the close cooperation of the United Society for Developing Water Resources and Environment (USDWE) and the generous support of the European Union.
The project will be implemented over the space of two years (2013-2015) and it aims to improve the resilience of local communities in the Faqou village by improving knowledge, awareness and providing services related to water and energy. The approach of the project will be participatory and has already actively included Community Based Organisations in the decision making process for the setting up of the project objectives and process. It is expected that a number of households in the village of Faqou will benefit from this project in regards to water harvesting and grey-water enterprises.
The launching ceremony which took place at the end of April was attended by H.E Joanna Wronecka; Ambassador, Head of Delegation of the European Union in Jordan, H. E. Khalid Irani, Chairman of Boards of Directors of RSCN as well as RSCN executive staff, Mujib reserve staff representatives, project team members, members from USDWE, local communities based organization representatives and journalists.
A number of meetings were already held in early stages of the project period with representatives from the local community based organisation in Fakou village including 1) Women of Faqou corporative, 2) Livestock owners Corporative and 3) Saqi Sdeer agricultural Corporative. These meetings facilitated by a freelance consultant, the Mujib Reserve management staff and the project management unit, aimed at establishing the criteria’s required to select the project beneficiaries for the water harvesting tanks and the grey water system units attached to a drip irrigation pipes. The main points of discussions were: best approaches in targeting the deprived families, circulation an announcement process and defining the evaluation committee rules and duties.
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