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The National Implementation Committee for Effective Integrated Wastewater Management in Jordan – NICE

In 2012 the Ministry of Water and Irrigation has established the inter-ministerial National Implementation Committee for Effective Integrated Wastewater Management (NICE) in Jordan. The main objective of NICE is developing regulatory and administrative frameworks for implementing sustainable wastewater management systems for rural and suburban areas. The committee unites decision-makers from eight Jordanian ministries and authorities as well as other important national stakeholders such as the Royal Scientific Society (RSS), the Program Management Unit (PMU), the University of Jordan (UoJ) and the Al-Balqa Applied University (BAU). The key elements for sustainable wastewater infrastructure (i.e. technology selection, standards for effluent quality & reuse, infrastructure planning tools, operation & maintenance schemes) were developed by the NICE and formed to an integrated national approach in the National Framework for Decentralized Wastewater Management in Jordan (MWI, 2016). Based on the National Framework the "Decentralized Wastewater Management Policy", the first policy of its kind in the Arab world, was developed and adopted by the Jordanian Cabinet in 2016.

Implementation-Office Amman
Funded by the BMBF, the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, the project "Implementation-Office Amman" provides the management unit of the National Implementation Committee – NICE. The office is located in the MWI and is managed by Dr. Marc Breulmann from the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ. Due to its presence at the MWI, the office is able to facilitate and moderate the NICE process on an operational and strategic basis.

Currently, the main objectives of the National Implementation Committee are:

(i) developing a national framework for certification of wastewater treatment plants and the certification of O&M personnel for wastewater systems in Jordan serving up to 5.000 populations equivalents;
(ii) devising recommendations for implementing the SDG reuse target (SDG 6) for Jordan, and
(iii) producing a draft directive on the use of IWRM concepts in rural and suburban settlements with refugee influx (host communities)

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