In collaboration with The United Nations Environmental Programme- the Regional Office for West Asia (UNEP-ROWA) and The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO), PERSGA organised a Regional Expert Meeting on Ecosystem-Based Adaptation to Climate Change from 30 April to 2nd May 2012 at PERSGA headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The meeting brought together 32 mid level planners and practitioners from PERSGA member countries (Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen), and some other Arab countries including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Tunisia and Morocco, in addition to experts from PERSGA and other regional and international organisations including International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), League of Arab States (LAS) and Arab Organisation for Agricultural Development (AOAD),
The objectives of the regional Meeting were to provide insights on the Ecosystem-Based Adaptation (EbA) concept, discuss the appropriate EbA options to climate changes impacts in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, regional cooperation, the knowledge and experience sharing, and approaches to develop regional projects addressing EbA in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden and the wider Arab region.
In his opening address to the Meeting, Dr. Ziad Abu Ghararah -PERSGA Secretary General highlighted the importance of the EbA approach in enhancing the ecosystem resilience to climate change impacts and reducing vulnerability of coastal population.
Although the terrestrial ecosystems in the region are largely arid, the coastal areas support significant and diverse ecosystems such as saltmarsh and wadi basins, which together with the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden rich marine ecosystems endowed with rich biodiversity, such as coral reefs, mangroves and sea grass beds represent the essential pillars for building resilience to climate changes impacts. Therefore, PERSGA considers the EbA as key component in its regional strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change, which includes also four other components, comprising Vulnerability assessment and monitoring; Assessment and Management of coastal CC induced Risks, Regional CC Observation System; and Mobilizing Adaptation funds from regional and international resources.
The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden