Status: In preparation
Funding: In search
Since the abandonment of the phosphate mine sites in Russeifa in the 1980’s, the entire landscape has been a dilemma for the authorities and the inhabitants of the area. The area had been mined since the 1940’s, leaving behind tunnels, open pits and piles of crushed overburden, rendering the area difficult to redevelop. At the same time, there are a number of important heritage buildings at the site, which represent the early stage of mining in the area.
The idea to rehabilitate the area through establishing a museum and an associated park has multiple aims. The first is to preserve the core site to demonstrate the early stages on mining in Jordan. The second is to provide an educational center that will allow better understanding of what phosphate is as a geological and industrial material, in addition to a wider understanding of the physical and human geography and history of the area. The third to create economic opportunities and build civic pride for the people of the area.
A number of steps have been made to move this idea from a dream into reality. The entire proposed site has been surveyed using 3-D laser scanning, allowing for easy future planning for the site. Conceptual plans and designs have also been prepared, as well as cost estimates and sustainability plans. Discussion with the government through the Ministry of Environment have led to a formal cabinet decision to designate the site as a museum to be developed in collaboration with GJU. Despite general enthusiasm for the project, the funding needed to realize has not yet materialized.