I. Introduction: The energy challenge in crisis contexts
Sustainable energy is a critical element for achieving goals of immediate recovery and longer-term resilience in fragile and crisis contexts. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Arab region, where countries have experienced an expansion of conflict, drought and an unprecedented level of displacement. The ability of communities to cope with and rapidly recover from crisis hinges in many ways on their ability to regain sustainable access to energy.
By Issa Sikiti da Silva
This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought on June 17.
DAKAR, Senegal, Jun 11 2018 (IPS) - Hope, smiles and new vitality seem to be returning slowly but surely in various parts of the Sahel region, where the mighty Sahara Desert has all but ‘eaten’ and degraded huge parts of landscapes, destroying livelihoods and subjecting many communities to extreme poverty.
The Revised UN-Habitat Evaluation Framework (2016) has helped to increase evaluation focus, coverage and generated evidence performance. The evaluations conducted in 2017 were diverse covering country programmes (Afghanistan); global programmes (World Urban Forum7, Achieving Sustainable Urban Development, Global Land Tool Network); Subprogrammes (Urban Planning and Design); regional offices (Regional Office for Arab States) and Corporate (Mid-term evaluation of the strategic plan 2014-2019) as well as projects and programmes.
With the adoption of a Climate Change Action Plan, this brief outlines concrete actions for the World Bank, describing how it intends to scale up climate action, integrate climate change across its operations, and work more closely with others, through collective action and partnerships, to implement new and innovative solutions.
Although the factors driving migration are diverse, we should not ignore food insecurity. On World Food Day we argue that one solution to the migration crisis is a sustained effort to strengthen the resilience of agriculture against a back-drop of rising temperatures and increasing water scarcity.
Conflict and instability are widely seen as the principal factors driving the migration crisis – but food insecurity, poverty and extreme weather events linked to climate change such as drought also play an important role.
September 2017, Cairo - The Green Climate Fund (GCF) in its 18th Board Meeting in Cairo last week approved a United Nations Development Programme-supported (UNDP) project entitled “Enhancing Climate Change Adaptation in the North Coast of Egypt.” The …
Vienna, Austria, September 19, 2017. The 160th Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved nearly US$250 million of new development funding to benefit developing countries across the globe.
More than 300 million people rely on the waters of the River Nile.
The Nile river basin contains over 10 per cent of Africa’s landmass, in 11 countries: Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea and Kenya. Many of these countries rely almost exclusively on the Nile as their source of freshwater.
Sustainable Path to Water Security Urgent Priority for Arab World
New World Bank report maps out actions needed to prevent water scarcity from impacting future growth and stability in the Middle East and North Africa
Affected countries require funds to build more resilient and climate-smart economies
By: Dan Shepard
From Africa Renewal: May - July 2017
Researchers are still trying to learn why the population of African penguins has dropped precipitously over the last 15 years—some estimates say by 90%—but most agree that climate change is a major factor in the decline of this iconic African species.
Conflicts and protracted crises hamper progress made to end hunger in the Near East and North Africa
Severe food insecurity affects more than 30 million people
27 March 2017, Cairo - Food security and nutrition levels in the Near East and North Africa have sharply deteriorated over the last five years, undermining the steady improvement achieved before 2010 when food production had increased and the prevalence of undernourishment, stunting, anemia and poverty had decreased, a new FAO report said today.
La FAO et le Fonds français pour l’environnement mondial (FFEM) travaillent à protéger les zones humides en rendant la chasse plus durable
FAO and the French Facility for Global Environment aim to protect wetland resources by making water birds hunting more sustainable
6 October 2016, Rome- FAO and the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM) will work together in a new partnership to improve the state of natural resources in the wetlands of Africa's Sahel region, in particular the sustainable management of migratory water birds which are crucial for food security for the local populations.
The people of the Arab region face an uncertain future. Millions are fleeing their homes to escape violence and millions more remain trapped by conflict or in occupied territory. The expanding population is placing increasing strain on the environment through unsustainable consumption of limited water supplies and abundant energy resources. The rentier economy that prevails in many countries has proven unable to adapt to new realities or absorb the growing and increasingly youthful labour force.
The joint Egyptian Vulnerability Assessment for Syrian Refugees (EVAR), in collaboration with UNHCR, is ongoing. So far, 50,000 refugees have been assessed across Cairo,
Alexandria and Damietta.
Climate change adaptation project started preparations to help 700 farmers use solar energy instead of fuel to pump water for irrigating their lands.
The EMOP providing assistance to Egyptian returnees who fled the conflict in Libya started in July in Sohag Governorate. A total of 16,768 people received their vouchers.
WFP Egypt negotiated two contracts with the Ministry of Supply to source the shortage of rice.
WFP has successfully completed second Year of the European Union (EU) funded project ‘Enhancing Access of Children to Education and Fighting Child Labour in the Arab Republic of Egypt’.