Amman’s Resilience Journey

The city of Amman released its Resilience Strategy on May 18, 2017. Explore the strategy here.

Amman’s Resilience Story

Amman is one of the Middle East’s most thriving metropolises. It is the political, cultural, and commercial center of Jordan and a thriving regional economic powerhouse.  Unfortunately, it is also now host to waves of refugees who have fled regional conflicts over the past two decades. This influx has put pressure on the city’s infrastructure and its ability to deliver basic services. While it boasts well-managed road, tunnel, and bridge infrastructure, there are few reliable public transport alternatives, forcing residents to rely heavily on cars.

Amman also faces climate-related challenges: unusually heavy rains often lead to flooding in lower-lying areas of the city, and its elevation exposes it to hazardous blizzards. Recent snow storms have paralyzed the city, affecting schools, transportation and the power grid. The city has responded to these disruptions by establishing protocols for emergency operations, including rapid-response communications centers and elaborate community coordination processes.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Blizzard
  • Climate Change
  • Displaced Populations / Migrants
  • Earthquake
  • Economic Inequality
  • Energy Insecurity
  • Extreme Heat
  • Financial / Economic Crisis
  • Fire
  • Inadequate Health Systems
  • Inadequate Infrastructure
  • Inadequate Public Transportation Systems
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Lack of Social Cohesion
  • Population Growth / Overpopulation
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Shifting Macroeconomic Trends
  • Uncontrolled Urban Development
  • Unemployment
  • Water Insecurity

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

Amman's CRO

Nisreen Al-Araj is Chief Resilience Officer for Amman.

Snapshot of Amman

  • 3,000,000

    Estimated population as of 2013

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  • Climate Change
  • Displaced Populations / Migrants
  • Earthquake
  • Economic Inequality
  • Energy Insecurity
  • Extreme Heat
  • Financial / Economic Crisis
  • Fire
  • Inadequate Health Systems
  • Inadequate Infrastructure
  • Inadequate Public Transportation Systems
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Lack of Social Cohesion
  • Population Growth / Overpopulation
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Shifting Macroeconomic Trends
  • Uncontrolled Urban Development
  • Unemployment
  • Water Insecurity

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