Climate Change Adaptation in the Middle East and North Africa
Challenges and Opportunities

Working Paper

September 2010

Author: Jeannie Sowers, Former Research Fellow, The Dubai Initiative

Dubai Initiative Working Papers

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: The Dubai Initiative

The impacts of human-induced climate change are often considered a future prospect, yet in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), indications of a changing climate are clearly evident. Particularly through effects on the variability and quality of scarce and degraded water resources, human-induced climate change exacerbates already existing problems affecting urban and rural development, human health, and economic productivity in MENA. This paper argues that in order to mitigate the effects of human-induced climate change, policy makers must actively remove obstacles to local mobilization of resources, allow private sector participation under adequate and transparent regulation, and provide a supportive context for community-level adaptations.

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