Government representatives, social-policy experts and business leaders from across the region will descend on Beirut, Thursday, for the start of what is being billed as the most significant Arab environment summit of recent times. The Annual Conference of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) will seek to educate private and public-sector delegates on the dangers of climate change, ahead of the crucial COP-15 Copenhagen round of talks in December.
As well as seminars and lectures from a variety of Arab environmentalists, the conference will see the launch of AFED’s annual report, titled: The Impact of Climate Change on Arab Countries.
The report’s editors, Mostafa Kamal Tolba and Najib Saab, urged those attending the conference to take the issue of climate change seriously.
In findings revealed to The Daily Star, the report suggested that the Arab region could be hard hit by the impact of changing global temperatures.
“Given the very high vulnerability of Arab countries to the projected impacts of climate change, it cannot afford inaction on either the global, regional or national scales,” the report said.
“We can categorically state that the Arab countries are in many ways among the most vulnerable in the world to the … impacts of climate change.” MORE HERE