Reducing Disaster Risk and Integrating Climate Change

What is the project about

Fully equipped container with natural disasters related equipment

The project aims to improve governance and strengthen Jordanian institutional coping mechanisms to address disaster risk reduction (DRR) for natural hazards, and climate change adaptation ( CCA)  as it relates to prevention, mitigation, and preparedness for flash flooding.

The project will strive to develop synergies at policy and institutional levels between DRR and CCA, given the strong interface that exists between the two disciplines. The project will also – strengthen institutional capacity in PDTRA and ASEZA to deal with all aspects of disaster risk reduction, including climatic hazards. An important component will be the review of the Building Code in the light of seismic risk assessment by the National Building Council and enhancing the knowledge and experience in structural resilience so that the Jordanian Civil Defense is enable to organize post-disaster emergency response operations.

Ministry of Education will also carry out structural assessment of schools in Amman. This will be achieved through the revision of the construction standards and practices as well as carrying out a seismic and flood vulnerability assessment and retrofit design of selected JCD buildings and public schools.

What have we accomplished so far

  • Finalized the design of a 3-year Framework for Action on Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation with a look towards opportunities for integrating and strengthening poverty reduction strategies
  • Finalized the updating of the National Building Code, the development of a curriculum of training of engineers and delivered international capacity training for a number of key institutions.
  • Enhanced the capacities of the Jordan Civil Defence on Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Developed Integrated Risk Assessment Plans and established and trained  DRR Units in PDTRA
  • Established and trained "Neighborhoods Disaster Volunteers" in ASEZA
  • Supported the development of an Early Warning Strategy for PDTRA to prevent the effects of flash flooding

Who Finances it?

2014 planned budget
Donor Name Amount contributed per year
SDC 69,473.164
2013 planned budget
Donor name Amount contributed per year
SDC $684,745
TRAC $100,000
Government of Jordan $165,009

Delivery in previous fiscal year

Donor name Amount contributed per year
Swiss Development Cooperation $ 264,816
Government of Jordan $ 38,908
JPN $ 159,678
Project Overview
Project start date:
November, 2011
Estimated end date:
June 2014
Geographic coverage:
Amman, Petra, Aqaba
Focus Area:
Disaster Risk Management
Project officer:
Amani Hammad
Jordan Civil Defence, Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, Petra Development & Tourism Region Authority & Jordan National Building Council
Related documents
Project Document
Project Objectives
  • Mainstream DRR into business processes in ASEZA, develop and implement institutional set-up and build DRR-related capacity with ASEZA staff and local communities


  • Mainstream DRR into business processes in PDTRA, develop and implement institutional set-up and build DRR-related capacity with PETRA staff and local communities


  • Modify building code to integrate DRR concerns, train local engineers to conduct structural assessments and retrofit design, produce retrofit design reports of critical infrastructure, and integrate DRR in academic curriculum of bachelor degrees at selected universities in Jordan


  • Mapping and reviewing the linkages between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction to establish a Framework for Action, a 3-year Action Plan and a UNDP-led project to increase synergies between DRR and CCA.
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