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Sustainable Development Publications

18 Apr 2017

From Politics to Policy: Building Regional Resilience in West Asia and North Africa

From Politics to Policy: Building Resilience in West Asia and North Africa is an anthology of research conducted by the WANA Institute between 2015 and 2016 in the areas of human security, social justice, and sustainability. The chapters point to increased inter-sectorial collaboration being the key...
Author : WANA Institute
28 Mar 2017

Promoting Water Cooperation in the WANA Region: Widening the Base for Water Diplomacy

The arguments put forward in this paper suggest that the political importance of water determines the scope for diplomatic efforts. At the same time, there may be opportunities for different forms of water management that are not envisaged under traditional understandings of transboundary cooperatio...
Author : Lara Nassar
28 Mar 2017

Religious Leaders Promoting Environmental Good Governance

This discussion paper gives with an overview of global environmental good governance concepts, highlighting the Islamic perspective in relation to the protection of environmental resources. It goes on to discuss ways in which religious and community leaders can promote environmental good governance,...
Author : Lara Nassar
28 Mar 2017

The Arab Environmental Governance Charter

The aim of this charter is to offer a set of pragmatic reform guidelines which can be used to respond to the new environmental challenges facing us today. It is hoped that an opportunity can be created to overcome deep-seated divisions between nations which will create a ripple effect for better act...
Author : Lara Nassar
16 Mar 2017

Traditional Knowledge: Valuable Wisdom in the WANA Region

In this booklet, members of the Arab Network for Pastoral Societies testify about the value of traditional pastoralist knowledge for the WANA region. Their primary goal is to revive, document and develop this knowledge in order to support the development of Bedouin pastoral groups in the Arab region...
Author : Kamal Kakish
28 Feb 2017

Facilitating a Hima Resurgence: Understanding the Links between Land Governance and Tenure Security

Today, traditional land management systems are increasingly at risk. This has consequences, not only for land sustainability but also for the livelihoods and welfare of those depending on such lands. In some areas, increased land scarcity and commoditisation has precipitated a breakdown of the custo...
Author : Kamal Kakish
16 Feb 2017

Climate Change Adaptation in Jordanian Communities: Limitations, Opportunities and Incentivisation

Jordan’s climate is changing. Average temperatures are increasing, while rainfall is declining. These trends are projected to worsen, and will not be limited to progressive changes such as heat and drought. Destabilisation of climate systems is expected to make sudden and extreme weather events more...
Author : Lara Nassar
19 Oct 2015

Charting a New Course in Environmental Good Governance: Natural Resource Management, Al Hima & Islam

The modern capitalist development model has resulted in an unsustainable exploitation of the world’s finite natural resources, particularly water. Today, nearly 80 percent of the global population is water insecure; in developing countries 1.1 billion people lack access to a formal water supply and ...
Author : Dr. Odeh Al-Jayyousi
18 Oct 2015

Bridging the Gap: A New Islamic Sustainable Development Model

This paper critiques the sustainable development concept and tries to tackle its limitations by defining a new model specific to the challenges and norms of the WANA region. It is argued that the forces likely to mobilise the citizens of the region and leverage the required political commitment migh...
Author : Laylla Rkiouak
18 Oct 2015

Food-Water-Displacement in the WANA Region

The WANA region not only shares bodies of water, it shares a regional food system, and it shares populations - particularly through refugee movement. Both food and water insecurity have been advanced as potential contributing drivers of migration and of conflict, and both are exacerbated by the disp...
Author : Heather Elaydi
02 Feb 2011

Regional Solutions for Water Scarcity in West Asia & North Africa

Water scarcity, energy, climate change, and drought, are the most pressing environmental challenges that face the West Asia North Africa region. Water management policies and institutions both at national and regional levels remain underdeveloped, and fundamental relevant policy questions remain una...
Author : WANA Institute
08 Nov 2009

Greening WANA Consultation Report

Facing up to threats to long-term economic and environmental sustainability means responding comprehensively to these challenges. With that aim, a group of WANA Forum leading experts met to discuss and debate the challenges and opportunities for Greening WANA, particularly in the areas of environmen...
Author : WANA Institute
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