Future Challenges of Climate Change in the MENA Region

Future Challenges of Climate Change in the MENA Region

Publication date:
07/2017
Author:
Edgar Göll
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MENARA Future Notes, nº. 7

Since the 1980s, scientific research on climate change has emphasized that the changes anticipated will have major impacts on and consequences for all world regions. Within the field of scientific future research and future studies climate change is therefore acknowledged to be one of the major “megatrends”. In essence, this means it has a longevity of several decades and probably even longer, it is a global phenomenon, and it will have a major impact on almost all sectors and all people and institutions. Through interaction with other megatrends and changes, such as demographic change, globalization and urbanization, climate change will very likely pose huge challenges for countries within the MENA region. The MENA region will be one of those most severely affected by ongoing climate changes. These will be caused by increased average temperatures, less and more erratic precipitation, changing patterns of rainfall, continuing sea-level rise and changes in water supply. All this will happen in a region which already suffers from aridity, recurrent drought and water scarcity

Keywords: MENA Region, Cambio climático, Agua, Salud, Alimentos