Jordan Environment Society (JES)

Jordan Environment Society (JES)

Jordan Environment Society (JES) was established in 1988 as a non-profit non-governmental organization. It is the largest NGO in Jordan in its field.
The objective of JES includes, but is not limited to, protecting the environment and its basic elements of water,air,soil and wildlife. Following the belief that the environment is the both the endowment and responsibility of all people, JES encourages interaction of various entities in environmental solutions. Through its 15 branches around the country, JES raises public awareness and promotes community action at the local level. By accessing professionals in both the private and public sector, JES enables the adoption of policies and the application of international environmental standards. JES also aims to create a sound equilibrium between economic growth and the environment by promoting practices of sustainable development. Understanding that the current environmental situation determines the future, JES aspires to cultivate a culture where the environment is a high priority. It initiates innovative projects that will conserve and protect our natural resources for generations to come.

Since its establishment, JES has hosted various unique environmental projects. Some of these projects include: awareness in water and environment, eco-media, integrated pest control, biogas, recycling, medical waste management, hazardous domestic waste management, solid waste management in Arab countries, comedian environmental theatre and an eco-student network. To accomplish its goals, JES has worked in partnership with many national, regional and international institutions. Some of our supporting agencies are: The Jordanian government and private sectors, USAID, WEPIA, UNDP, GTZ, Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD),Fridrich Naumann Foundation, Canadian International Cooperation Agency (CIDA), WHO, and the French and Swedish governments.

In early 2003, a memorandum of understanding was signed with the Ministry of Environment for cooperation in all environmental issues. Many environmental challenges have been dealt with at the national level and proper solutions were set forth. JES worked hand in hand with the legislative authority, especially the Health and Environment Committee at the House of Representatives, with the aim to develop the current environment laws and regulations.

JES also issues a number of publications, such as the quarterly magazine “The Environment”, which educates the reader about current environmental issues around the world. a JES also publishes a periodical, called “The message of Environment Journal”, that documents the activities that JES and its branches are carrying out. JES has specialized committees to cater to all environmental issues. It hosts a legal committee, scientific, cultural, media, and agricultural committee, as well as the environment volunteers committee.

In cooperation with the Ministry of Environment, and through the former Program of King Hussein Environmental Management Training Program, JES has been holding Training of Trainers (ToT) courses in the environmental management field since 2003. JES offers courses on environmental audit, state of environmental reporting, environmental law, environmental awareness, and participatory appraisal. We also offer a specialized course in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which is necessary for achieving sustainable development and meeting legal requirements for investment projects. At the completion of each course, the participant is granted a comprehensive certificate signed by the Ministry of Environment and JES.

Cooperation with international entities:

1. United Nations Environment Programme: During the last 10 years, there was fruitful cooperation between JES and many of the UN organizations in the field of environment in general, and the training in specific. In February 2009, JES cooperated with UNEP to educate 35 professionals from Palestine in EIA, focusing on public participation.

2. WHO/ Iraq: Around 150 employees from Iraqi Ministry of Environment were educated from the JES training courses. The trained professionals went on to train around 300 trainees inside Iraq on the following topics:

Training of Trainers on “Environment audit”
Training of Trainers on “Preparation the state of environment ”
Training of Trainers on “Public awareness on environmental issues”
Training of Trainers on “ Basic Environmental health”
Training of Trainers on “Chemical Safety”

2. CEHA: JES provided different training services to the WHO Regional Centre for Environmental Health Activities (CEHA). Among these services is design and production of training and learning materials. During the last 10 years CEHA contracted JES to design and produce several training packages in the field of environmental health. Production was in different format and different languages.

3. UNICEF: Training of 20 participants on drinking water analysis in the year 2007. This practical training course was conducted in the Ministry of Water and Irrigation laboratories.

4. Cooperation with Save the Children in the following fields:

· Nutrition for children.

· Production of Children’s play on Birds’ Flu

· Clean-up the World campaign

5. Saudi Arabia: JES has agreed to conduct 8 training courses on EIA for the government of Saudi Arabia. Thus far, JES has hosted 5 of 8 courses.

Beginning in 1994, JES initiated a recycling project, the first pilot project of its kind in Jordan, 1994 in cooperation with the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) and the Ministry of Environment. The aim of this project is to preserve natural resources, minimize pressure on waste dumps, spread, apply the concept of separating solid wastes for recycling, and promote the use of recycled materials like paper, cardboard, metal, and plastic.

Recently, the recycling project was supported by His Majesty the King himself. Also it won the Ford International Award organized in Dubai in the year 2005 for the recycling play and the Dubai Municipality Award and other international and regional awards, etc.

All such efforts exerted by JES, were concluded by: the State’s Appreciation Award of 2003 granted to JES for being the best NGO engaged in environment field,

Project Name
Project duration
Target sectors
Financing parties

US $

National Environmental Information and Education Program (NEIEP)
Build abilities and awareness. Promoting of public awareness among Jordanian.
Youth, children, women and farmers
German Friedrich Naumann Foundation

Awareness Project in water (APW)
Education, information, communication, studies,and public awareness campaigns
Students, women, priests and educational instructors
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Integrated Pest Management Project (IPM)
To establish ecologically and economically sound plant protection systems at the farm level.
Public, institutions, ministries, private business, farmers, and students
German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)

Recycling Project
1995- present
Recycling paper and Environment Awareness. Separating waste and recycling and public awareness
Students, schools and institutions
GEF/UNDP and Canadian International Devotement Agency (CIDA). GAM, Private Sector

Medical Waste Management Project (MWMP)

(3 phases)
Lift the abilities of those who work in the medical field to handle dangerous waste. Installing equipments in reference hospitals.
Workers in the medical field.

King Hussein Environmental Management training program (KHEMTP)
Upgrading Jordanian training capacities in the field of environmental management and providing Jordan with environmental management expertise towards sustainable development
Workers in environmental field, engineers, trainers, journalists, teachers
CIDA and World University Service of Canada (WUSC)

Environmental Education Data Base Program
Environment Awareness and making encyclopaedia about environment (in Arabic and English)
Local community, students and women

Environmental Honey project
Produce quality honey
Local community

Field projects such as:

Al-Sumaq forest, grow green belt around Cement Factory and Yajooz
Developing local communities
Local communities at the areas mentioned
International Environment.

Self- financed

Environmental Health Project (EHP)
Fight inspects and rodents and reduce the use of pesticides in Dhuleil Wadi.
Local community and workers at Kherbat Al-Samra Waste Water Treatment plant area


Different projects
Protecting the environment
Local community
Different sides

Solid Waste Management Project in 6 Arab Cities.
Managing of household solid waste correctly and reinforce the concept of recycling
Students, janitors, municipalities, workers in landfills
Arab Fund for Economical and Social Development in Kuwait

Household Hazardous Waste Management
Promoting public awareness regarding household hazardous waste. Separation and collecting of such waste
Houses wife, shopping centres,

WEPIA water quality and awareness project
Social marketing and promoting water economy pieces, training and establishing abilities
Priests, preacher
International Development Agency and WEPIA

Environmental Camp Project in JES land in Amman
Biodiversity protection, environmental education, Land-use, and demo-site
Local community, students
Ministry of Agriculture.

Self-financed (needs a fund)

Bio-Gas project
Awareness in using waste gases (CH4) and building abilities
Workers in all organizations and local community and students
UNDP and Denmark Government

Agro-Biodiversity of crops
Preserve the diversity of agricultural crops used for food
Farmers and students
UNDP and Ministry of Agriculture

Sustainable Development Network Project
2000-so far
Exchange information between development institutions through the internet and spread awareness and build abilities
Workers in environment sectors and NGOs
UNDP program in cooperation with the National Information Centre

Environment Training and Building Capacities Unit
2002-so far
Training trainees in environmental management
Workers in Environment al management
JES, WHO-Iraq, ministry of Environment

Eco-student Network
Exchanging environmental information between schools
Schools and students
JES and Private sector

Environmental rehabilitation of gardens
Local community
JES and municipality of greater Amman

Recycling of Vehicle Used oil
Recycling and get benefits of automobiles used oil
Used Oil Stations
JES and Private Sectors


It can be shown from this table that JES has received $ 2.7 million as projects in the forms of grants and contracts.

In addition JES has got a land in Amman (100,000 squire meter) and in terms of money its around $ 20 million.

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