Enabling Activities for the Preparation of Jordan’s Third National Communication Report to the UNFCCC (TNC)
Name of the Project
Enabling Activities for the Preparation of Jordan’s Third National Communication Report to the UNFCCC (TNC)
This project aims at assisting Jordan with the enabling activities necessary to undertake the Third National Greenhouse Gas Inventory and to prepare and report the Third National Communication to the Conference of Parties in accordance with guidance of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In addition, this project will help strengthen Jordan’s capacity to fulfill its commitments to the UNFCCC on a continuing basis. The structure of this project is based on the country’s previous experience and studies already identified under a stocktaking exercise
Expected project outputs
The main expected outcomes of the project are:
 (a) An inventory of greenhouse gases for the base year 2006 and time series 2000-2005; and beyond if applicable.
(b) An analysis of recommended measures to mitigate the increase in greenhouse gas emissions in Jordan, with emphasis on the energy/transport, industrial, waste, solvent, and landuse change sectors;
(c) An assessment of the vulnerability Jordan’s water, health, and agriculture sectors to climate change, in conjunction with the ability of each sector to adapt; and
 (d) Preparation of the Third National Communication of Jordan and submission to the Conference of the Parties (COP).
In addition, socio-economic, gender-mainstreaming and health adaptation scenarios, as well as public awareness activities and stakeholder consultations will be cross-cutting along the overall course of this project. Therefore, the preparation of the Third National Communication is expected to enhance general awareness and knowledge on climate change-related issues in Jordan, and to aid in the process of national planning and policy.
Support for the preparation of the TNC will empower national environmental objectives in several ways:
  1. it will enhance the ability of Jordan to participate actively in addressing the global environmental threats of climate change;
  2. it will build capacity in climate change related research and analysis that can support effective environmental policies and provide important data related to environmental challenges to sustainable development in Jordan that go beyond climate change; and
  3. it will provide improved information and analysis for policies in key GHG-producing sectors, such as energy and transport, while addressing the vulnerability and adaptation requirements for key affected sectors
Main results achieved to date
Main results achieved to-date:
1.      GHG Inventory:
·         GHG Inventory national experts were identified and contracted
·         Revised work plan and methodology was presented
·         Training needs for GHG inventory team on data collection were identified and training conducted
·         Inventory data of GHG emissions for (Energy, Industrial processes, Agriculture, Land Use and Forestry, Waste, Solvents Sectors) is under collection New sources of information for filling data gaps were identified
·         Tier level based on decision trees as per IPCC (2006) guidelines was decided
·         Archived data on GHG inventories was reviewed
·         New GHG emissions for estimation were identified
·         Existing sources of data for Emissions (Direct: CO2, CH4, N2O, SF6, PFCS; Indirect: NOX, CO, NMVOC, SO2) were identified and any additional source information needed for upper Tier analysis was outlined
·         National studies that can support the development of national GHG guidelines were identified
·         First draft reports were submitted for energy (stationary combustion, mobile combustion, and fugitive emissions), industry (mineral and chemical industry emissions), non-energy products from fuel and solvent, LULUCF, reference approach, agriculture, solid waste and waste water.
·         The GHG inventory chapter is currently being compiled. A dissemination workshop will be conducted in Q3
2.      Vulnerability & Adaptation:
·         The Vulnerability & Adaptation methodology in the TNC was discussed with experts who worked on adaptation issues during the last 4 years. Agriculture, water, health, tourism, disaster risks, gender, socio- economic issues were discussed in details.
·         Draft Terms of References for the V & A section have been prepared.
3.      Mitigation:
·         Technical needs are identified and teams formation is under process
·         Applicants for Mitigation team members have been shortlisted and will be contracted soon.
4.      National Circumstances:
·         A public opinion survey to assess the baseline level of public awareness on climate change is distributed to different targeted groups (public sector, private sector, university students, media). The results of the survey will be submitted in July.
·         Technical needs to prepare the national circumstances chapter was identified and the team formation is under process
5.      Capacity strengthening activities:
·         A draft concept note for Holding a Training on Writing Proposals for the Adaptation Fund was prepared
·         For the use of mitigation analysis software the project is seeking to conduct a comprehensive training course on LEAP program for the national experts identified for the mitigation team. This will be conducted along with the use of the Energy and Power Evaluation Program (ENPEP-BALANCE) which is the premier energy systems analysis software. It allows users to evaluate the entire energy system (supply and demand sides) and the environmental implications of different energy strategies. In the end the mitigation section will be based on the most appropriate and reliable analysis.
Other achievement related to the project:
·         The project office was allocated in Feb 2013
·         2013  work plan and budget were prepared and approved in the project board meeting that was held on the 18th of Feb 2013
·         The project facilitated the preparation of (Post 2013 Development Agenda workshop to gather the national stakeholders opinions
·         The project assisted in organizing the launching ceremony for the national climate change policy 2013- 2020
·         The project held its first meeting with the national committee on climate change on the 4th of April 2013
·         The project team has been providing technical advice and assistance to emerging new projects on Climate Change supported by GEF, EU and other donors in Jordan.
Project overview
Status: Ongoing
Project Start Date: March 2012
Estimated End Date June 2014
Focus Ares: Climate Change
Implementing Agency: Ministry of Environment
Project Budget: 480,000 USD
Location: national
Inception report