SOAS University of London

London Middle East Institute

Environmental Challenges in the MENA Region: The Long Road from Conflict to Cooperation

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Date: 12 October 2016Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 13 October 2016Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Conference

The Middle East and North Africa region is well-known for its abundant natural resources and important geostrategic position. This image is currently over-shadowed by sectarian violence and trans-boundary conflicts that threaten the stability of the entire region with huge global implications. Unfortunately such preoccupation with conflict has come at the expense of addressing the region’s other challenges.

Although the region’s fragile state of the environment has increasingly preoccupied policymakers in individual countries, there is as yet insufficient concerted effort for initiating or coordinating collaborative action to address these. In the absence of a positive agenda for tackling these, recurrent environmental setbacks and rapid depletion of the region’s natural resources pose a major threat to long term economic, political and social stability of the region.

Despite the urgency of these challenges, there has been as yet no international conference dedicated to studying MENA’s environmental sustainability in its entirety in recent years.

We are pleased to announce this major international and interdisciplinary conference on the occasion of SOAS’s centenary in 2016.

As a leading School for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, SOAS is uniquely placed to act as a constructive and forward-looking forum for an international and scientific gathering of experts and policy-makers concerned with the state of the MENA region’s environmental predicament.

The conference is predicated upon two critical premises:

  1. that expertise and awareness from a wide range of disciplines is required to understand and address these challenges; and
  2. to have a real chance of success, the MENA countries need to confront these problems as their common threats leading to real and positive space for regional cooperation and policy coordination.

The London Middle East Institute (LMEI) at SOAS, University of London, is pleased to host the first international conference focused on the Middle East and North Africa environment in the 21st century.

Taking advantage of SOAS’s centenary landmark, we hope to bring together climate and natural scientists and environmental engineers along with social scientists and policy makers to engage in urgent dialogue to pave the road for future collaborations.

The conference will comprise of scientific peer-reviewed submissions as well as invited keynote speakers to address the various dimensions of the region’s challenges from across the region and disciplines.

Conference Programme

Recording of Keynote

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Global Environment Outlook for West Asia, Iyad Abumoghli (UN), LMEI, 12/10/2016, SOAS University of London

Organiser: London Middle East Institute

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