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CSBE's contribution to the Instituting Water Demand Management in Jordan Project (IDARA)

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Transcript of CSBE's contribution to the Instituting Water Demand Management in Jordan Project (IDARA)

CSBE's Contribution to
The Instituting Water Demand Management in Jordan Project (IDARA) 2007 - 2012 Training and Technical Assistance in Water-wise Landscaping Integrating a Water-wise Landscape Module at Universities Perceptions of Public Parks in Jordan View “PERCEPTIONS OF PUBLIC PARKS IN JORDAN: SURVEY SUMMARY” report, which is available online at http://www.csbe.org/assets/IDARA-publicattions/Survey-Public-Perceptions-Final-Report-Aug-14.pdf) Affordable Housing for the Future Competition A Call for Innovative Ideas for the Design of a Model Water- and Energy-Efficient Low-Income Apartment Building in Abu Alanda, Jordan Competition entries are available online at (http://www.csbe.org/activities/architectural-competitions/affordable-housing-for-the-future-abu-alanda-200/competition-entries/). View “Affordable Housing for the Future Competition: Innovative Ideas for the Design of a Model Water and Energy-Efficient Low-Income Apartment Building in Abu Alanda, Jordan - A Reference Guide to Architects, Engineers, and Developers" report, which is available online at (http://www.csbe.org/assets/IDARA-publicattions/Affordable-Housing-for-the-Future-Competition-A-Reference-Guide-to-Architects-Engineers-and-Developers-3.pdf). Best Management Practices Guide The Landscape Water Use Efficiency Guide, and a set of Best Management Practices Guides on water and energy efficiency in both Arabic and English are available on the CSBE website at (http://www.csbe.org/e-publications-resources/material-on-water-conserving-landscapes/#public). Closing Ceremony Poster Additional information on the The Instituting Water Demand Management in Jordan Project (IDARA) is available at CSBE website

http://www.csbe.org/ Work with Nurseries Prepared by Lara Zureikat and Ahmad Abu-Khalaf The Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE) is a non-profit, private study and research institution that aims at addressing the challenges that affect the built environment in Jordan and beyond. CSBE is an interdisciplinary center that addresses areas including environmental studies, urban design and planning, conservation, architecture, landscape architecture, and construction technologies. To accomplish our goals, we engage in a variety of activities including research projects, print and digital publishing, workshops, and the design and implementation of pilot projects. <www.csbe.org> In an effort to support the institutionalization of water demand management in Jordan, USAID-IDARA/CSBE’s water-wise landscaping program focused on three components in the municipal sector: Training of technical staff on the principles of water-wise landscaping, providing technical assistance to municipalities in the design and development of water-wise parks, and assisting the Water Demand Management Unit at the Ministry of Water and Irrigation in monitoring and maintaining implemented parks. USAID-IDARA/CSBE worked with Jordanian universities in integrating a water-wise landscape module in the curriculum of architectural and/or agricultural engineering faculties. USAID-IDARA/CSBE worked with the University of Jordan, the University of Jordan for Science and Technology, the German Jordanian University, and Petra University. USAID-IDARA/CSBE conducted a survey to explore people’s perceptions of culturally desirable park space. Surveys were conducted in six geographic locations: Irbid, Aqaba, Karak, Madaba, Mafraq, and Kafrain. Personal interviews were conducted with men and women of diverse age groups in each of the six geographic areas. All the data for a total of 132 interviews that were completed was inputted, analyzed, and evaluated in a final report. First place: Entry by Mahmoud Saymeh and Lama Abuhassan Third place: Entry by Space Design - Architects and Designers Second place: Entry by Jansana - Alshibly Architects Best Management Practices Guide: Landscape Water Use Efficiency Guide Three Movies on Water-conserving Landscapes CSBE has produced three films on water-conserving landscapes to support the Landscape Water Use Efficiency Guide. The films are entitled Principles of Water-Conserving Landscapes, Maintaining Water-Conserving Landscapes, and Conducting a Water Audit. Principles of Water-Conserving Landscapes Maintaining Water-Conserving Landscapes Conducting a Water Audit The project was initiated in April 2007 and continued until March 2012. CSBE engaged in a number of activities that included the development of training courses on water-wise landscaping for the municipal sector, the provision of technical assistance to municipalities in the design of water-wise parks, and the production of a Water Use Efficiency Guide. In addition, CSBE provided technical assistance to both public and private nurseries. In collaboration with Professor Margaret Livingston, CSBE conducted several workshops with Jordanian universities to integrate a water-wise landscaping module in architectural coursework. CSBE's work on Water Conserving Landscapes started under the Water Conserving Landscapes I: The Water Efficiency for Public Information and Action Project (WEPIA); 2001 - 2004. It included the following publications:

The Seven Principles of Xeriscape
Water-Conserving Gardens: A User’s Manual
The National Gallery of Fine Arts Park: Sculpture Garden and Water-Conserving Model Park
Creating Landscapes in Water-Scarce Environments: A Case Study of Tucson, Arizona
Casa del Agua and Desert House: Two Residential Demonstration-Research Projects on Water and Energy Efficiency
Saline Soils: A Landscaping Challenge
Paving Solutions
Plant Lists
Garden Irrigation
Printed Materials
Arid Landscaping Resource Packet

Additional information on CSBE's work on Water Conserving Landscapes under the Water Conserving Landscapes I: The Water Efficiency for Public Information and Action Project (WEPIA) is available at http://www.csbe.org/activities/water-conserving-landscapes/water-conserving-landscapes-i-the-water-efficiency-for-public-information-and-action-project-wepia/ CSBE's work on Water Conserving Landscapes continued under the Water Conserving Landscapes II: The Instituting Water Demand Management in Jordan Project (IDARA); 2007 - 2012. It included the following publications:

Affordable Housing for the Future Competition: Innovative Ideas for the Design of a Model Water- and Energy-Efficient Low-Income Apartment Building in Abu Alanda, Jordan - A Reference Guide to Architects, Engineers, and Developers

Best Management Practices Guide: Landscape Water Use Efficiency Guide

Perceptions of Public Parks in Jordan: Survey Summary

Three short movies covering the topics of:
Pinciples of Water-Conserving Landscapes
Maintaining Water-Conserving Landscapes
Conducting a Water Audit


Additional information on CSBE's work on Water Conserving Landscapes under the Water Conserving Landscapes II: The Instituting Water Demand Management in Jordan Project (IDARA) is available at http://www.csbe.org/activities/water-conserving-landscapes/water-conserving-landscapes-ii-the-instituting-water-demand-management-in-jordan-project-idara/ Water Conserving Landscapes II: The Instituting Water Demand Management in Jordan Project (IDARA); 2007 - 2012 The guide provides considerable information about the efficient use of water in the design, installation, management, and maintenance of urban landscapes in Jordan, whether new or existing, public or private. Its primary focus is on recreational parks, street medians, and traffic circles. It also applies to large urban landscapes found in conjunction with hotels, universities, hospitals, and some residences.

Potential users of this guide include municipalities, water utilities, NGOs and other organizations implementing water demand management programs, and landscape professionals, including landscape architects and designers, landscape installers, maintenance staff, and irrigation professionals.
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