Regional Initiative for Climate Change in the Arab Region
 

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Workshop on Applying the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Methodology in the Arab Region
11-13 May 2014 - Beirut
Within the framework of RICCAR, ESCWA is organizing a training workshop on Applying the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Methodology in the Arab Region jointly with the League of Arab States (LAS) and within the support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to the project on Adaptation to Climate Change in the MENA Region (ACCWaM).. The workshop aims at: - Providing training on the integrated vulnerability assessment methodology that will be applied to support the RICCAR integrated assessment at the Arab regional level, including review of data sets and data sources used for indicators related to various sectors; - Demonstrating the aggregation of different layers in ArcGIS to develop maps for the visualisation of vulnerability as well as its components; - Introducing ways in which the integrated vulnerability assessment methodology can be adapted to support vulnerability assessment at the sub-regional, national and local levels. It is also expected that the vulnerability assessment training provided at this workshop can help regional researchers better understand and conduct the concepts of vulnerability assessments related to climate change, as well as provide institutions with a regional methodology that can be adapted for application at smaller and more local scales of analysis to support greater research and understanding of climate change vulnerabilities in the Arab region.


The Fifth Expert Group Meeting on the Regional Initiative for the Assessment of the Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources and Socio-Economic Vulnerability in the Arab Region (RICCAR)
11 to 12 December, 2013 - Amman
The fifth EGM on the Regional Initiative for the Assessment of the Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources and Socio-Economic Vulnerability in the Arab Region (RICCAR) will be held in Amman during the period 11-12 December 2013. The meeting aims to review the progress achieved in implementing the Regional Initiative and discuss next steps. This includes: - Reporting on the findings of the regional climate modelling ensemble for the Arab Domain that were generated in accordance with the protocols adopted by the Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experience (CORDEX) of the World Climate Research Programme supported by WMO; - Examining how the regional climate modelling outputs will inform the hydrological modelling component of the integrated assessment at the regional and basin-levels to better assess the projected impacts of climate change on freshwater resources in the Arab region.


Sub-regional Training Workshop on Climate Data Rescue and Digitization
11-13 June 2013 - Amman-Jordan

The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) organized a sub-regional training workshop on Climate Data Rescue and Digitization jointly with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).  The workshop was hosted by the Jordanian Meteorological Department (JMD) in Amman, Jordan during the period from 11 to 13 June 2013.  The purpose of the training was to build the capacity of JMD staff and experts from Palestine, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Yemen on theoretical and practical aspects of data rescue and digitization of climate records.  Various subjects such as methods of transferring source medium, methods of converting to digital records, required metadata, storage and backup practices, quality of control of data, and homogenization were addressed during the workshop in addition to a demonstration of a number of Climate Data Management Systems and other related issues.


Regional Workshop on Linking Regional Climate Model (RCM) Projections to Hydrological Models
24-26 June 2013 - UN-House, Beirut

The third workshop in the series of project workshops that support the capacity building and institutional strengthening pillar of the Regional Initiative for the Assessment of the Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources and Socio-Economic Vulnerability in the Arab Region (RICCAR) was held during the period 26-28 June 2013 at the UN-House in Beirut in collaboration with LAS, ACSAD, SMHI, ISDR, WMO. This regional workshop built on the outcomes of the second Regional Workshop on RCM Applications and Analysis that was held in July 2012 and aimed at presenting and discussing the approach followed in RICCAR to link the outputs of the climate modeling projections to the regional hydrological models. Preliminary modelling results were presented by the project partners and discussed with the workshop participants. In addition, hand-on training was provided on the use and application of hydrological models.


Expert Group Meeting on Regional Cooperation for Climate Change Impact Assessment on Water Resources in the Arab Region
5-6 July 2012 - UN-House, Beirut

Within the framework of the Regional Initiative for the Assessment of the Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources and Socio-Economic Vulnerability in the Arab Region, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) organized the Expert Group Meeting on Regional Cooperation for Climate Change Impact Assessment on Water Resources in the Arab Region, from 5 to 6 July 2012 at the United Nations House in Beirut, Lebanon. The EGM was organized in cooperation with the League of Arab States (LAS) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP/ROWA) as part of the Regional Initiative. This was the fourth meeting following three expert meetings that were convened in Beirut to formalize the structure and methodological approach for implementing the Regional Initiative. The purpose of this EGM was:
  • To review the progress achieved on the Regional Initiative;
  • To discuss approaches for moving forward with the integrated socio-economic vulnerability assessment;
  • To present the Arab Domain and discuss the climate models that will generate projections for the region;
  • To agree upon criteria for establishing the regional knowledge hub;
  • To discuss approaches for moving forward with the integrated assessment; and
  • To establish working groups to follow-up on the establishment of the regional knowledge hub and vulnerability assessment methodologies.

It gathered representatives from water ministries from Arab member states, as well as regional and international organizations engaged in climate change as it relates to the water sector.



Regional Workshop on Regional Climate Model Applications and Analysis
2-4 July 2012 - UN-House, Beirut

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) organized a Regional Workshop on Regional Climate Model (RCM) Applications and Analysis, from 2 to 4 July 2012 at the United Nations House in Beirut, Lebanon. The workshop on RCM Applications and Analysis was organized as part of the Regional Initiative through a project supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), which is led by ESCWA and implemented in partnership with the League of Arab States (LAS), the Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD), Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and other partner organizations. This workshop is the second in a series of project workshops that support the capacity building and institutional strengthening pillar of the Regional Initiative. The first training workshop on Climate Change Prediction/Projection and Extreme Events Indices in the Arab Region was held from 13 to 16 March 2012 in Casablanca and targeted climate experts in Arab meteorological offices. The workshop aimed at exchanging national experiences and views about regional climate modelling and identifying water and climate data needs required to support regional climate modelling.


Regional Workshop on Climate Change Prediction/Projection and Extreme Events Indices in the Arab Region
13-16 March 2012 - Casablanca-Morocco

A regional workshop on Climate Change Prediction/Projection and Extreme Events Indices in the Arab Region was held from 13 to 16 March 2012 in Casablanca, Morocco and organized by ESCWA in collaboration with the League of Arab States (LAS) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and hosted by the Direction de la Meteorologie Nationale (DMN) of Morocco. The workshop was conducted as part of the Regional Initiative for the Assessment of the Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources and Socio-Economic Vulnerability in the Arab Region, through a project supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
The purpose of the four-day training workshop was to build the capacity of experts from national meteorological offices in the Arab region in the field of climate monitoring, assessment, prediction/projection and knowledge management of regional climate conditions and climate indices including those representing extreme events.
The workshop addressed various subjects such as overview of the past, present and future climate of the Arab region, climate data availability, quality control of daily data and deriving of indices from the daily data. The participants of the workshop were engaged in hands-on training in analyzing climatic data of one station from each country and compiled extreme weather events indices using standardized software based on the guidance provided.
The outputs of the country reports were presented by the participants and showed changes in trends of temperature and precipitation climate indices and highlighted problems associated with data quality and homogeneity. The last day of the workshop was devoted to climate prediction and projection for the Arab region including the delineation of the Arab Domain for climate modeling, latest developments in the climate change projections for the Arab region and analysis of extreme indices in climate model simulations.


Expert Group Meeting on Assessing Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Socio-Economic Development in the Arab Region
6-7 July 2011 - UN-House, Beirut

This Expert Group Meeting is the third in a series of meetings aimed at implementing the Regional Initiative for the Assessment of the Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources and Socio-Economic Vulnerability in the Arab Region. Previous meetings consolidated the approach and partnerships associated with the implementation of the Regional Initiative.
The expert group meeting focused on the first three components of the methodological framework. As such, it provided an opportunity to:
  • Exchange experiences and coordinate approaches for global and regional climate modeling as it relates to the water sector in the Arab region. The experiences of regional climate centers based in the Gulf and North Africa were exchanged, as well as those of international organizations.
  • This was complemented by a discussion of different emissions scenarios that are being used by the International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) as the basis for their next assessment report (AR-5).
  • In view of supporting the regional climate modeling component of the initiative, the sensitivity analysis undertaken to support the definition of an Arab Domain for framing regional climate modeling efforts in the region was also presented.
Preparations for the regional hydrological modeling component of the project was also incorporated in this meeting through a discussion of metadata related to the monitoring, collection and management of hydrological information in Arab member countries that are used to support climate and hydrological modeling activities.


Expert Group Meeting on the "Development of a Vulnerability Assessment for the Arab Region to Assess Climate Change Impacts on the Water Resources Sector
8-10 November 2010 - UN-House, Beirut

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) jointly organized with the League of Arab States (LAS) a regional Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on the "Development of a Vulnerability Assessment for the Arab Region to Assess Climate Change Impacts on the Water Resources Sector.” This second meeting in support of the regional initiative follows the expert group meeting organized during October 2009, that resulted in a project framework for the preparation of an assessment of the impact of climate change on water resources and socio-economic vulnerability in the Arab Region.
The main objectives were:
  • Updating the state of knowledge in this area and conduct a series of interactive discussions at the plenary and working group levels to build consensus on the way forward for implementing the regional initiative.
  • Identifying appropriate approaches for reviewing baseline information, conducting climate change impact analysis, and preparing the vulnerability assessment.
  • Discussing the preferred mediums through which assessment findings, priorities and hotspots can be conveyed to regional stakeholders.


Expert Group Meeting Towards Assessing the Vulnerability of Water Resources to Climate Change in the Arab Region
26 to 28 October, 2009 - UN-House, Beirut

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the League of Arab States (LAS), the United Nations Environment Program/Regional Office for Western Asia (UNEP/ROWA) are the lead conveners of this Expert Group Meeting, which was organized in collaboration with several other regional and international organizations, including ISESCO. The meeting brought together member states as well as regional and international experts and organizations concerned with implications that climate change is expected to have on water resources and vulnerability. This meeting aimed to reach a consensus on the purpose, scope and methods to be adopted for the preparation of a regional vulnerability assessment of the impact of climate change on water resources among regional stakeholders, as well as to agree on a jointly prepared work plan, time line and budget for moving forward with its preparation
To that effect, the meeting reviewed the state of knowledge in this area and fostered in a set of interactive discussions at the plenary and working group levels to achieve the following objectives:
  • Stocktaking and exchange of lessons learned on the assessment of vulnerability of water resources to climate change from other regions.
  • Reviewing of existing models and methodologies and investigate knowledge gaps and data availability.
  • Building consensus on the scope, methodological approach and associated parameters for the vulnerability assessment. 
  • Developing a work plan, which will identify the tasks and responsibilities to be carried out by the involved agencies based on agreed upon timelines and targets.


 

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