Capture and retain heavy rainfall in Jordan

The Middle East is particularly affected by climate change effects and extreme weather events, such as droughts and heavy rainfall. In Jordan, repeated heavy rainfall events in recent years have led to flash floods with enormous damages. Minimizing such damages, but also maximizing the benefits of heavy rainfall via improved water retention in one of the most water-scarce countries in the world, is the research topic of CapTain Rain.

The project “CapTain Rain – Capture and retain heavy rainfalls in Jordan” is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the funding measure “CLIENT II – International Partnerships for Sustainable Innovation” in the context of the framework program “Research for Sustainable Development” (FONA).

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We are pleased to announce that the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) has received the Prime Minister’s approval and on Sunday November 27th his Excellency, Dr. Yousef Al-Shawarbeh, signed the Memorandum of Understanding. With this signature the CapTain Rain consortium is now complete.


We are pleased to announce that the Ministry of Environment has received the Prime Minister’s approval and signed the Memorandum of Understanding. The Secretary General, his Excellency Dr. Mohammad Khashashneh supported the CapTain Rain project from the beginning. Mr. Belal Shqarin, Director of Climate Change at the Ministry, will continue to collaborate with us as focal point for CapTain Rain at the Ministry of Environment.


The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) has confirmed its cooperation interest to investigate flash flood risks within the Jordanian-German research project CapTain Rain. Further details were discussed in a meeting between the mayor of Amman, his Excellency Dr. Yousef Al-Shawarbeh, GAM staff members, the CapTain Rain project head Dr. habil Katja Brinkmann and the Jordanian CapTain Rain coordinator Prof. Dr. Mohamed Matouq.