Prof. Hala Abou-Ali at the panels disussion "Climate change policy alternatives in MENA after Paris".
Photo: ©Neil Baynes /Global Development Network (GDN)

05.11.2019

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Economists discussed challenges that the MENA countries are facing given the impacts of global warming and how they intend to tackle them at the Knowledge for Sustainable Development conference in Germany last October.

in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are characterised by fragile ecosystems and, largely, high dependency on their hydrocarbon resources. Consisting mainly of areas where water has always been a major issue, the region is now facing huge challenges through climate change.

Water scarcity and drought, but also sea-level rise, are putting pressure on the population and call for urgent solutions. At the Knowledge for Sustainable Development (K4SD) conference held by the Global Development Network in Bonn/Germany in late October 2019, scientists discussed various aspects of climate change in the MENA region.

With its nearly 100 million inhabitants, Egypt is the most populous country in the MENA region. Hala Abou-Ali, Professor of Economics at Cairo University/Egypt and Member of the Egyptian Parliament, pointed out that climate change was above all affecting areas already under water stress as well as coastal areas, with agriculture being hit most severely.

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