Amman Releases Jordan’s First Citywide Resilience Strategy

  • “Resilient Amman – Welcoming, Young, Diverse” provides integrated solutions to build a smart, innovative, and environmentally proactive city with engaged and empowered citizens and residents.
  • The Strategy was developed by the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) and Chief Resilience Officer Eng. Fawzi Masad, supported by 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC). Amman was selected to join the 100RC Network in 2014, out of more than 1,000 applications from around the world received by 100RC.
  • The Strategy lays out more than 50 tangible actions aimed at achieving a more innovative, sustainable, and prosperous Amman. 100RC and its partners will provide support in implementing “Resilient Amman.”

AMMAN, JORDAN – Mayor of Amman Dr. Yousef Al-Shawarbeh and the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) today released “Resilient Amman – Welcoming, Young, Diverse”, an ambitious citywide Resilience Strategy that looks to improve mobility and connectivity, encourages innovation to build an environmentally sustainable city with engaged and empowered citizens, and makes youth and inclusion central to long-term city priorities. The Resilience Strategy is the result of an intensive two-year partnership with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), which began in 2014, and through which the city has received funding and technical support.

The development of the Strategy was led by Amman’s Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), Eng. Fawzi Masad, and supported by 100RC and its partners. The process brought together stakeholders from a range of sectors, including city officials, governmental bodies, NGO’s, local communities, academic institutions, and youth organizations, expressing their views on Amman’s resilience, with a notable focus on issues related to mobility, sustainability and innovation. In developing Resilient Amman, CRO Masad worked throughout the city to better understand current challenges, identify potential vulnerabilities, and propose strategic actions that will build the city’s resilience.

Dr Yousef Al-Shawarbeh, Chairman of Amman Municipal Committee and Mayor of Amman, said the Resilience Strategy is a great opportunity to be part of a global community of cities and people, and to develop a holistic plan for the future of Amman. “Resilience is a basic requirement to create integrated societies, address the needs of their people and ensure their well-being. As a young and diverse city, Amman is in a unique position to pioneer regional change. Now is the time to maximize our efforts to ensure a legacy for future generations and together create a new roadmap for the ongoing development of the city.”

Eng. Fawzi Masad, Amman Chief Resilience Officer, describes the work around the Strategy release. “The City of Amman is facing major challenges that hinder development and growth. In building a Resilience Strategy, it has been essential for GAM to think of innovative ways to enable us to move from a reactive to proactive approach. The Strategy that we present to Ammanis begins to transform our challenges into opportunities. It will serve as a roadmap for communities, local partners, and a global network to become more dynamic, inclusive, and sustainable.”

Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities applauded the city’s release: “The work to create a citywide strategy amid wider regional instability is a moment of progress. Through the implementation of this Strategy, Amman will put its citizens and residents – especially youth – at its center, with initiatives that create opportunity and foster the city’s natural talent. Amman will be able to leverage partnerships and funding in new and innovative ways to create an economically dynamic, welcoming city for generations.”

Five main pillars form the basis of the Strategy:

  • Building an integrated and Smart City, with improved mobility systems and digital connection
  • Developing an environmentally proactive Amman, looking at energy efficiency, waste management, water resources and fulfilling climate change commitments
  • Leveraging human capital to empower entrepreneurs, and building innovation and prosperity
  • Promoting a young and equal city, integrating and engaging young people consistently
  • Encouraging a united Amman of empowered and engaged citizens

These pillars are broken down into 16 goals and more than 50 actions, each with a clear owner, timeframe, and stated resilience value. Actions include policies, projects, and initiatives (existing and new), from youth participation to clean power for mobility; from waste management to co-ownership of public space and risk reduction.

To jumpstart implementation of the Resilience Strategy and its numerous actions and initiatives, the International Rescue Committee – a 100RC partner – convened nearly two-dozen NGOs active in Jordan to solicit commitments on implementation of “Resilient Amman.”

The Strategy aligns with, and complements, other strategic initiatives in the local, regional, national and international domain, including the city’s plan for a Green Amman 2020. Globally, the Strategy’s outputs are mapped to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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About 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation

100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each of our cities who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a Resilience Strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges. For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.

Contact

100 Resilient Cities – Andrew Brenner; ABrenner@100resilientcities.org

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