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Disaster Risk Reduction Assessment: Understanding Livelihood Resilience in Jordan

Source(s):  Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations - Headquarters (FAO)
Information Management and Mine Action Programs (iMMAP)
REACH Initiative

This disaster risk reduction assessment of Jordan aims to identify significant agricultural interventions to strengthen Jordan’s resilience. The report outlines a baseline of risks and mitigation measures against disasters and shocks, which brings together a better understanding of livelihoods risks in Jordan. The key challenges perceived to be affecting livelihood resilience are related to socio-economic, environmental or structural factors.

Within these factors, key findings include:

  • Pre-existing vulnerabilities such as resource scarcity, unsuitable climatic conditions and rapid population growth are perceived to be exacerbated by crisis-related disruptions;
  • Existing land and water resources may be sufficient if used more efficiently and efforts to conserve them for the future are intensified; 
  • Socio-economic shocks are a priority concern for communities in urban areas whereas shocks associated with environmental factors are more of a priority in rural areas; 
  • Findings indicate the relevance of geographic and ecological variations to risk perceptions. Water scarcity was a particularly important concern for communities in the Badia desert region;
  • Women and men tended to prioritise different risks as being relevant to livelihood resilience;
  • In terms of existing strategies for risk mitigation and preparedness, households predominantly employ short-term coping strategies in response to existing socio-economic challenges;
  • Key challenges faced in risk mitigation and preparedness are a perceived lack of structural capacities for risk assessment, monitoring and planning (for example, deficient early warning systems); inadequacy of resources at the household level to invest in future planning and preparation; and inadequate awareness about existing support mechanisms.

The assessment also presents a list of priority concerns for disaster risk reduction and identifies future research needs. 



 
 
  • Disaster Risk Reduction Assessment: Understanding Livelihood Resilience in Jordan
  • Publication date 2016
  • Number of pages 49 p.

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