What MENA Is Doing To Combat Climate Change – THREE Climate Action Projects
The Arab world is already experiencing the devastating effects of climate change. More land will experience intense heat over extended periods, rendering certain parts uninhabitable and diminishing agricultural production areas. Hot weather, desertification, water shortages, deteriorated coastlines, damaged marine species, and a heavy reliance on fossil fuels make the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) one of the world’s most climate-vulnerable areas.
There is a direct link between climate change and the problem of sustainable development. It could make things more difficult for people already struggling financially and slow down the economy. Climate change is having a severe impact on the whole MENA region. The already water-scarce area will likely experience more intense and prolonged drought with expected rising temperatures. Effective climate change action is crucial to minimize the most severe consequences of the climate crisis, and building resilience is critical. Now, let’s look at three initiatives in the MENA region that are actively addressing climate change.
Towards A Carbon-Free Dubai Police Force
The Dubai Police Department is actively pursuing climate sustainability and reducing carbon emissions. There is a correlation between this and Dubai’s plan to reduce its emissions by 30% by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Many state police stations already have solar panels on their rooftops. The number of solar panels is expected to increase to cover more than 400 structures under Dubai Police’s control. The Dubai Police Department hopes to reduce its dependency on conventional automobiles by transitioning its fleet to hybrid vehicles. The Dubai Police Department is working to modernize itself into a “smart police,” where all services are provided digitally, and people rarely need to visit police stations in person.
Palestine Renewable Energy Projects
The prolonged lack of electricity in Gaza has had disastrous effects. Regular power failures lasting several hours each day further strain economic activity in an area that is already struggling to keep up with rising demands. The IFC has funded the first private sector investments in household electricity supply in the West Bank and Gaza to alleviate this problem. PRICO Solar and Massader Solar are increasing electricity generation to stimulate renewables and promote economic growth. The PRICO solar facility is the biggest project in Gaza that will provide up to 80% of the power needed by the Gaza Industrial Estate. The solar project will also ensure that 32 manufacturing facilities remain operational, protecting the jobs of approximately 800 workers.
Moroccan Fog Harvesting: A Possible Weapon Against Drought
The locals who live in Ait Baamrane, located on the border of the Sahara Desert in Morocco, can only depend irregularly on the groundwater since it cannot be refilled due to the extreme droughts that have occurred. Morocco’s women-led NGO Dar Si Hmad created the world’s most effective fog harvesting solutions to solve this issue. The method, which draws inspiration from traditional water management, is a practical new approach to resolving persistent water scarcity in places with frequent fog. More than 400 individuals in five different communities will have access to clean drinking water due to this initiative.