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Historical Outline of Water Resources Development in the Lower Jordan River Basin

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Suleiman, Rebhieh
Conference: Third Conference of the International Water History Association
Location: Alexandria, Egypt
Conf. Date: December 11-14
Date: 2003
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5089
Sector: History
Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): history
river basins
water management
economic development
Abstract: "The Jordan River is a multinational river flowing southwards through Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Jordan and Palestine. It is totally developed except for the flow of its largest tributary., the Yarmouk River, which forms the boundary between Syria and Jordan before joining the Jordan River, downstream of Lake Tiberias, and forms the border between Israel, Palestine and Jordan. "In this paper, the historical development of the Jordan River basin in Jordan, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (HKJ), is addressed, highlighting the most significant factors that have played a role in the process to date. Water for irrigation was and still consitutes the largest share of water use. Thus the focus of this paper is mainly on the exploitation of the water resources of the Jordan River basin in Jordan for irrigation purposes. The scope to cover other uses would be complementary."

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