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
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.
This report sets out the risks to food security in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) from climate change, and how these vulnerabilities interact with other key trends and sources of risk, including population growth, urbanisation, and conflict.
By Berta Acero
RIYADH, 18 January 2013 - The Secretary General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab Gulf States (GCC) has called for strong regional commitment towards development of a disaster risk reduction strategy to strengthen the resilience of nations and individuals to natural hazards.
DOHA, 9 décembre 2012 (IRIN) - Au cours de ces 30 dernières années, les catastrophes naturelles, y compris les évènements climatiques extrêmes, ont affecté 50 millions de personnes dans le monde arabe, selon un nouveau rapport de la Banque mondiale. Le rapport spécule sur un scénario terrifiant de hausse régulière des températures de plus de 50 degrés Celsius d’ici à la fin du siècle, ce qui pourrait engendrer une cascade de catastrophes, selon les experts.
DOHA, 5 December 2012 (IRIN) - In the last three decades, 50 million people in the Arab world have been affected by natural disasters, many of them extreme climate events, according to a new report by the World Bank. The report projects the horrific scenario of temperatures regularly rising over 50 degrees Celsius by the turn of the century, which experts fear could lead to countless more disasters.
Programme outcome: The International Federation representations and zone coordinators worked on implementing programmes and stabilising relations with the National Societies of the Middle East North Africa (MENA), partners and National Society networks. Networks strengthened and key components in disaster management, health and organizational development reinforced.