Jordan is located at the heart of Middle East, shaped by its scarcity of natural resources and strongly effected by climate change. Temperatures are rising fast in Jordan and the region. The drought and aridity in the desert country is worsening with global warming. Not only does this further damage Jordan’s environment and ecosystem, but it also has major devastating effects on Jordan’s economy, leading to the ruin of agricultural production and the delay of industrialization.
Additionally, Jordan is one of the most energy-dependent countries in the world. It is currently importing 97% of its energy, which again slows down the economy and raises living costs. Meanwhile, energy demands grow rapidly due to the growth of population, economic activities, and mostly by the successive refugee fluxes.
At the same time the country was proven to have the most excellent conditions for a rapid expansion of renewable energy. Jordan has expressed high commitments to the Paris Agreement as well as to the Sustainability Goals (SDGs). Renewable energy resources in Jordan could enhance energy security, improve access to affordable energy, create jobs, and mitigate climate change.
We work together with our partners on different scenarios and solutions for a just transformation from a fossil-fuel based economy into and clean and independent energy system.
We conduct and support research on how to reduce energy consumption on local level and outline different solutions for urban sustainability in Jordan.
We support the civil society in bringing their needs into the national climate plan, as well as in developing a national and regional agenda for the climate summits.
The climate and energy activities in Jordan are part of the FES regional climate and energy project and are well connected to the activities in Lebanon, Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco.
The Regional Climate and Energy project of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) & Germanwatch Organization announce the call for application for a regional project on Youth Engagement in Energy Policies in the Arab World. Germanwatch is an environmental non-governmental organization promoting North-South equity and the preservation of livelihoods. The organization focuses on the politics and economics of the North with their worldwide consequences. The Regional Climate and Energy Project of FES in Jordan works on promoting the concept of international and domestic climate justice. We train our partners, civil society organizations, in climate diplomacy and bring them together with governments, support research and policy advising in the energy and climate change sector and work on local solutions for adaptation and energy efficiency on the ground.
The MENA region is already highly impacted by climate change, with higher temperatures, desertification and drought. However, the region has huge potential in the energy sector to tackle climate change with the implementation of renewables. Some countries from the region are well on the way to becoming pioneers in solar and/or wind energy, such as Morocco, Egypt and Jordan. The civil society is always more represented in the energy debate, but several groups of the society are still very much absent, such as the youth.
Since the MENA region has a very young population, bringing more opportunities for innovation and motivation to preserve the region for the future. This project is aimed to strengthen the capacities of the regional youth in the energy and climate fields, such as building more advocacy and research skills. A group of 12-14 participants will be selected to undergo several trainings on energy policies, research and writing skills. The participants will then write a position paper on energy in their respective countries, which includes their vision and recommendations based on the currently instated energy policies. This policy paper can be a document for the regional decision-makers to be aware about what the youth from the region is expecting from the energy field, as well as civil society actors and international organizations working in the MENA region.
The following training dates have to be considered:
The exact place has to be confirmed, but it will be definitely in the MENA region. All the travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the project.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
N.B: Both Gender and Geographical Balance will be considered in the selection process. The project will start in March 2019 and last until October 2019. For those interested in applying, you are kindly requested to submit your application to this email no later than 10.03.2019. Any application reaching us after the deadline will not be considered. email@example.com
Climate justice, social consequences of Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, as well as a sustainable and social urban future in the MENA region are the core of the “Regional Climate and Energy” Project. FES in the MENA region has established a regional ‘Climate and Energy’ program in 2014 based in Jordan. more
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of the 21st Century. It not only threatens the natural living conditions and the economic and social development of many countries, but also fundamental human rights such as the right to food, water, health and adequate housing. more