Ramallah, separated from neighboring Jerusalem by a wall that limits its citizens’ mobility, faces a unique set of challenges. Climate change is bringing more snow and rain to this economic, international aid, and political hub of the West Bank. Urbanization continues at a rapid pace, and managing this growth has been difficult. The looming possibility of a devastating earthquake further raises the risks of haphazard expansion. But recent municipal projects, including the provision of residential postal codes and a new GPS navigation system that supports Ramallah’s emergency response networks, has generated meaningful change and a growing foundation of resilience in this energetic city.

Resilience Challenges

  • Flooding (Coastal and Rainfall)
  • Pollution or Environmental Degradation
  • Terrorism

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

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Dr. Shaheen was a professor of public health, with an interest an enabling environment for people to make their own choices in life. Dr. Shaheen has helped establish the school of public health and a community-based health training and research center affiliated with Alquds University in Palestine. He is a co-founder of the Palestinian health policy forum to advocate for policies responsive to the needs of Palestinians. He participated in initiating and managing several health, environmental and psychosocial programs addressing the needs and priorities of disadvantaged groups in villages, refugee camps and urban areas in the West Bank, Gaza and some countries in the MENA region. These efforts helped put the public health model on the agenda of decision makers at the local, national and regional levels.

Dr. Shaheen’s involvement in 100 resilient cities’ initiative comes from initiating (on voluntary basis) the idea and the application for Ramallah to become a member of the first 33 cities joining the 100 Resilient Cities with unconditional support from the city Mayor, Director and staff. Dr. Shaheen sees this initiative as a great opportunity for Ramallah, Palestine and the global community to engage in a continuous learning journey that can further build the resilience of people around the globe including Palestinians who are facing continuous political, security and other natural-related stresses.

Snapshot of Ramallah

  • 27,091

    Population as of 2007

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