Water resources Zaatari Refugee camp Jordan

The Syrian civil ar, grew out of the unrest of the 2011 Arab Spring and escalated to armed conflict, resulting in the displacement of over 10 million people. In July 2012 the Zaatari refugeecamp in northern Jordan was opened to host Syrian refugees, leading to a population of about 80,000 in early 2017 [UNHCR, 2017]. Since 2013 the City of Amsterdam is involved in the development of the refugee camp, where she mainly focuses on urban planning. The refugees place an extra burden on the already overstressed water resources, leading to unsustainable water supply, which in turn may possibly lead to social instability. As part of the alleviation of famine and thirst and sustainable adaptation we want to contribute to a sustainable water management of the refugee camp area, which will benefit both the native Jordanians and the refugees. The plan aims on interventions in the landscape and water system that will directly benefit to life quality in the refugee camp and the surroundings. SamSamWater is involved to advice on water harvesting and flood prevention and draiange for the refugee camp and to contribute to the exploration of water availability specifically for landscape restoration (improving vegetation conditions) and green urban planning.

Project details

Project location:Zaatari Refugee Camp, Mafraq, Jordan, Jordan
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Project manager:Cedrick Gijsbersten, Lucas Borst en MAarten Kuiper
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Period:2017, 2018

Project partners

City of Amsterdam VNG-international Wareco Ingenieurs Lodewijk Baljon landschapsarchitecten

Data for this project

Technical advice water management

Research for possibilities water management at and near Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan
Date: 2017-05-08
Author: C. Gijsbertsen, M. Kuiper, L. Borst
Contact: cedrickgijsbertsen@samsamwater.com