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Second Forum on Climate Change in the Near East : "Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security "
Date
From 27 June 2011 To 29 June 2011
TypeRegional - Forum
LocationBeirut,Lebanon
Cooperating OrganizationsFAO, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment, Istituto per la Cooperazione Universitaria
Participating CountriesAlgeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen
Responsible OfficersM. Bazza
List of documentsForum-Declaration.pdf
Proceedings-Second-Forum-Climate-Change.pdf

Climate change is the challenge of the twenty-first century and the Near East is one of the most affected regions. The threats are already affecting natural resources and agricultural production in the region and will likely worsen with drastic impacts on national economies in general and food security in particular.

Conscious of these threats, Member Countries of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in the region have requested the Organization and other partners for help in identifying appropriate actions and developing capacities to adapt to climate change and absorb the potential shocks stemming from these impacts.

In response to this request, FAO has over the last few years dedicated considerable attention to climate change issues and taken a wide range of initiatives and activities, particularly in the Near East Region. Adaptation to climate change of the economic sectors directly concerned with food security (agriculture, water, fisheries and forestry) constitutes one of the main priorities in the agenda of FAO Regional Office for the Near East. It aims at building greater resilience of these sectors to climate change impacts.

The Second Forum on Climate Change in the Near East Region was dedicated to the theme “climate change, agriculture and food security” and had the objective of enhancing Member Countries’ capacities to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change and variability on agriculture and food security. The Forum was intended to take stock of the countries’ knowledge and gaps, to provide an opportunity for exchange of experiences and to identify specific needs for support and regional cooperation. The Forum was also intended to expose country delegates to the international financial mechanisms and the Global Environment Fund, as existing funding opportunities for support in addressing climate change issues. The event was expected to come up with practical recommendations for follow-up actions to address the identified gaps, including national and regional project profiles, as well as a declaration delineating commitment and a roadmap for implementation of these recommendations. 

Organized in collaboration with the Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Environment and the International NGO ICU, the Forum was held in June 27-29 in Beirut, Lebanon. It was attended by country delegates, experts from within and outside the Near East Region, regional and international organizations and donors active in the area of climate change in the Region, as well as representatives of civil society and NGOs.

Proceedings of Second Forum on Climate Change in the Near East: Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, Click here… 

Presentations of Second Forum on Climate Change in the Near East: Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, Click here… 

Declaration of Second Forum on Climate Change in the Near East: Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, Click here...

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