Project on Water Conserving Landscapes

Water Conserving Landscapes I: The Water Efficiency for Public Information and Action Project (WEPIA); 2001 - 2004

Browse the Arabic version of the WEPIA Project on Water Conserving Landscapes 



The project was initiated in March 2001 and continued until the end of 2004. The components of the project include publishing information in both Arabic and English on water conserving landscapes in the form of posters, brochures, and booklets. In addition, CSBE has devoted a section of its web site to publishing detailed information on the subject of water conserving landscapes. The project also has been involved in organizing interactive workshops that train participants in the principles and practices of creating water conserving landscapes. Furthermore, the project encompasses an implementation phase that incorporates the design and construction of a model water conservation demonstration garden. Another component of the project provided technical assistance to Jordanian community-based organizations for the development of nurseries specialized in the propagation of native drought tolerant plants.

This project was carried out in association with the University of Arizona in Tucson, an internationally recognized center for research and teaching related to landscaping for water-scarce environments.

Click here for a list of publications produced under the WEPIA Project

Project teams:

Prime Contractor: 
Academy for Educational Development (AED), Washington, D.C.


Deema Aburizik, Research and Coordination Officer

Mohammad al-Asad, Director

Dalia al-Husseini, Research and Coordination Officer

Saja Jardaneh, Financial Officer

Hania Maraqa, Research and Coordination Officer (up to June 2002)

Stephen Mcllwaine, Coordination Officer (up to February 2002)

Majd Musa, Web Site Administrator and Research Officer

Lara Zureikat, Technical Manager

University of Arizona:

Richard G. Brittain, Assistant Research Professor, School of Architecture

Val L. Little, Manager, Water Conservation Alliance of Southern Arizona

Margaret Livingston, Assistant Professor, School of Landscape Architecture

Project consultants:

Osman Akoz: Photographer

Tania al-Attia: Horticulturist

Mazen Daqqaq: Horticulturist

Maher Qishawi: Botanist


Special thanks are due to Mr. Shuja' al-Asad for his invaluable help in editing the Arabic language publications for the project, and to Mr. Abd al-Rahim Jardaneh of Tuneib Farms and Nursery for contributing the venue for workshops and seminars organized within the context of this project. Both have made their contributions to the project on a pro bono basis.