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Letter from the Chief Resilience Officer, Fawzi Masad

The city of Amman and other Jordanian cities are facing major challenges that
hinder their development and growth. These challenges arecompounded by
the instability in the region. Water scarcity, power cuts, high population growth
rate and migration, economic problems and unemployment, climate change,
inadequate infrastructure and public transportation, rising traffic congestion,
and other environmental, social and cultural issues are some of these challenges.
Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) however, has managed to address many
of them and has increased its services provision proportionally with the sharp
increase in the population, which has more than doubled over the past decade.
This unprecedented urban growth and population increase have led to greater
pressure on the resources of the Municipality, affecting its capability to develop
and grow. Thus, following the traditional ways of working will not produce the
desired results and will not achieve our vision of “having Amman a city that is
an organized, modern, smart, safe, attractive, lively, friendly, viable, proud of its
heritage and its roots”. Therefore, it was essential for GAM to think of innovative
ways to break away from the daily work and to move towards sound preplanning
of the city’s future, to enable us to move from a reactive approach to
proactive approach in the implementation of plans and initiatives according to
the best international practices. Our actions today will shape our city’s future.
GAM participation in 100 Resilient Cities network came following a call by
the organization;that Amman, with all its components, whether individuals,
communities, institutions or businesses; is capable of confronting, adapting and
growing despite the tremendous shocks and permanent stresses it is subjected to.
The comprehensive five pillar strategy aims to address all aspects of life
and the needs of the city. It was developed with a wide participation by all
stakeholders from both public and private sectors, local and international civil
society organizations, youth, academia and others who met to discuss the
city’s future and draw a road map based on its potential. This strategy that we
present to Ammanis, addresses transforming our challenges into opportunities
to develop our city together and ensure the well-being of our people, children
and future generations.
The strategy is a live document as the city is subject to periodic improvement
and development in response to unexpected changes and future needs. We
welcome any additional contributions from our partners that further promote
the city’s resilience.
We would like to present our greatest gratitude to the former Mayor of Amman,
Mr. Akel Biltaji, for his faith in the city’s capabilities, his efforts to join the network
and his continuous support during the development of the strategy. We also
would like to thank Dr. Yousef Al-Shawarbeh, who supported this initiative in his
capacity of former deputy mayor and current Chairman of Amman Committee.
We also would like to thank all the employees of GAM for their active
participation, as well as all honorable stakeholders whose contributions had a
great impact on the success of our endeavor.
We would like also to thank the 100 Resilient Cities network for their support and
for providing us with the opportunity to be part of those 100 other cities around
the world in strengthening our capabilities and building the city’s resilience,
and finally to our strategic partners Arup for their sincere contributions to the
development of the strategy.

Eng. Fawzi Masad
Amman Chief Resilience Officer

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