The Regional Initiative for the Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Socio-Economic Vulnerability in the Arab Region (RICCAR) culminated in the High Level Conference on Climate Change Assessment and Adaptation in the Arab Region in Beirut, Lebanon, 26-28 September 2017. The aim of the Regional Initiative was to increase the understanding of the impact of climate change on water resources and its associated implications for socio-economic vulnerability in the Arab region.
This aim was fulfilled through the launch of the RICCAR Arab Climate Change Assessment Report, along with a series of technical outputs and training materials on regional climate modelling, hydrological modelling, vulnerability assessment and climate change adaptation in the Arab region. All the partners of the Initiative, along with a diverse group of stakeholders including government officials from the Arab region, policy-makers, researchers, academics, youth, civil society organisations and media were present at the conference. Over the three days, several presentations were made on the topics covered within the report and accompany technical guides, as well as on related topics that are pertinent to the Arab region. UNU-INWEH presented the Impact of Climate Change on Human Health: A Case Study on Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Some of the key take away messages:
• The Arab region is particularly vulnerable to climate change, but through efforts like the RICCAR initiative, data can be collected, shared and used to implement coordinated management efforts.
• Climate change should not only be viewed as a challenge, but an opportunity. An opportunity to collaborate, which is especially important for the Arab region, and to create a sustainable way of life for people and then planet.
• Climate change is no longer a science problem, but a reality to deal with.
Water Without Borders Annual Reception 2017