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Sustainable Development

Promoting a greener future for the WANA region

His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal defines a green economy as one that promotes social equity and opportunity, while significantly reducing ecological risk and resource scarcity. The concept is a tool to achieve sustainable development, inclusive of products, processes and services that reduce environmental impact or improve natural resource management.

The WANA Institute’s Sustainable Development team is providing analysis and policy support for sustainable, region-specific development through:

• Shifting investment into environmentally-friendly green initiatives
• Promoting the greening of ecologically unsustainable industries
• Developing an ethics-based natural resource management framework

Sustainable development is not just about the ability to produce clean energy, it is also about the technologies that allow cleaner, resource-efficient production processes, and growing a market for products that consume less energy and scarce resources. It is essential that these advances are socially-inclusive.

Fostering sustainability is done with the awareness that people in the region depend directly on the use of energy and natural resources for their sources of income. Ensuring human dignity by providing economic opportunities and secure livelihoods — particularly for poorer and rural populations — depends on the preservation of the region’s resource base for the long term.

Research of the Sustainable Development team

• Investigation into the viability and utility of models that increase community control and management of scarce resources to optimise efficiency based on cultural and ethical norms
• Investigation into the intersection between dominant agricultural practices, water security, food security and conflict in the region
• Development of an ethical dimension within the sustainable development goals, formulation of an ethical indicator, and assessment of this and other sustainable development indicators as they apply to the WANA region
• Integration of Islamic community-based natural resource management concepts such as Hima into the work undertaken by the green economy team

Responding to Regional Challenges

The WANA Institute is committed to developing a region that promotes social equity and opportunity, while reducing ecological risk and resource scarcity: sustainable development.

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