April 15 to 18, 2013. Alexandria, Egypt
Dust storms scour Iraq. Freak floods wreak havoc in Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Rising sea levels erode Egypt’s coast. Hotter, drier weather worsens water scarcity in the Middle East, already the world’s most ‘water-short’ region. The Arab world is already suffering impacts consistent with climate change predictions. A recent United Nations’ Development Programme research paper concluded that for a region that is already vulnerable to many non-climate stresses, climate change and its potential physical and socio-economic impacts are likely to exacerbate this vulnerability, leading to large-scale instability.
This vulnerability in the Middle East makes the Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport, in Abu Qir, Alexandria, Egypt, the perfect setting for GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE, BIODIVERSITY AND SUSTAINABILITY: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES – an international conference focused on the Arab MENA region and EuroMed.
Groups such as the European Parliament have recently described Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development as “the greatest challenges of our time”. Recognizing that the well-being of humankind is severely affected by climate change and biodiversity loss and that it depends on healthy and resilient ecosystems, the integration of these issues is imperative.
Presented by the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (conference host), the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and the University of Prince Edward Island, this international conference will examine the challenges and opportunities for integrating the three issues of global climate change, biodiversity and sustainability. The conference will provide a collection of keynote speakers, paper and poster sessions, training opportunities, discussion workshops, as well as study tours.
Join leading academics, Nobel laureates, and environment practitioners April 15 to 18, 2013 to explore the challenges and opportunities faced by our World.