About the Arab Climate Resilience Initiative
Climate change poses major challenges to societies around the world, particularly developing countries. Its effects, from increasing temperatures to changing precipitation patterns to rising sea levels and more, pose threats at least to agriculture, food and water security, livelihoods and economic growth. If not effectively managed and eventually reduced, these risks threaten to erode the development progress made over recent decades around the world. Addressing the challenge requires both adapting to the changing climate now and mitigating the risk of future changes, all while continuing to seize opportunities for enlarging human development. This is the climate resilience challenge.
The Arab countries are highly vulnerable to these impacts, and leaders, policy makers, the private sector and civil society throughout the region are actively searching for options to enhance resilience to these challenges. ACRI provides strategic support in their efforts to do so.
The objective of ACRI, an initiative of the Regional Bureau for Arab States of the United Nations Development Programme, is to support and build resolve among national partners and regional stakeholders to formulate integrated, cross-sectoral and regional responses to the challenges of climate change and to facilitate practical and cooperative adaptation to ongoing and future impacts, whilst furthering gains in human development in the Arab countries.
The programme is being developed on the basis of a broad process of consultation, to ensure that it is targeting the most critical areas and priorities for the region. To date, ACRI has convened a series of three regional consultations on climate priorities in the region – in Damascus, Syria; in Cairo, Egypt; and in Manama, Bahrain. These consultations have brought together policymakers, experts, representatives of the private sector, and international cooperation and technical partners, and have resulted in a set of findings that together constitute a starting point for the development of a framework of action to guide the strategic interventions of ACRI.
On 3-5 November, 2010, UNDP-RBAS held the Regional Forum on Addressing Climate Change Impacts in the Arab Countries in Rabat, Morocco, in partnership with the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment. The Forum provided a platform to present the findings of the regional consultations, facilitate discussion and to bring together Ministers from several Arab countries to agree on priorities for policy action and programme development.