The Middle East region is considered a climate hotspot due to its natural water scarcity, social tensions and political conflicts. Over the course of the century, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel are projected to experience a temperature rise of up to 4°C in some places; a general decrease in precipitation of 25 percent regionally and up to 40 percent locally; a shift in rain seasons from winter and spring to autumn; a higher frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as droughts, flash floods, and forest fires; as well as a growing rate of desertification. Though the effects of climate change are already observable in the region, little has been done to develop a regional, integrated roadmap for climate-related national security in the region.
EcoPeace Middle East, a nonprofit organization with offices in Amman, Ramallah and Tel Aviv, has held roundtables in each of the three cities to address these issues, resulting in this report. This forum will discuss the scientific findings and policy recommendations to address this looming ecological crisis and its national security implications.
Gidon Bromberg, Israeli Director, EcoPeace Middle East
Nada Majdalani, Palestinian Director, EcoPeace Middle East
Yana Abu Taleb, Jordanian Director, EcoPeace Middle East
Michael B. Gerrard, Professor and Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School
Program is sponsored by the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, the Earth Institute, EcoPeace Middle East, and Columbia Water Center
This event is generously supported by the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Lois Perelson-Gross and Stewart Gross