EGM on the "Development of a Vulnerability Assessment for the Arab Region to Assess Climate Change Impacts on the Water Resources Sector"

8 to 10 November, 2010 , Beirut

 1. Event Details
Information note
Logistics information note
List of documents
Registration form
Regional Coordination Mechanism
List of participants
EGM2 technical report-November 2010
 2. Background Documents
ESCWA Water Development Report 1: Vulnerability of the Region to Drought
ESCWA Water Development Report 2: State of Water Resources in the ESCWA Region
ESCWA Water Development Report 3: Role of Desalination in Addressing Water Scarcity
Climate Change Adaptation: The pivotal role of water
CC VA EGM Background Brief-IPCC Geographic Coverage
CC VA EGM Background Brief-IPCC WGII Excerpts for Arab Count
Climate Change and Freshwater EGM Meeting Report
ESCWA Background Paper-CC Models and Parameters
 3. Opening Speeches
League of Arab States
SDPD Director
 4. Working Groups
ESCWA KM_Communication
Working Group 1A-RCM-Main Points
Working Group 1B-CC Network-Main Points
Working Group 2A-Hydrological Modeling-Main Points
Working Group 2B-Knowledge Management-Main Points
 5. Day 1
ESCWA-Regional Initiative
ESCWA-Conceptual Framework
SMHI-RCM for Arab Region
UNESCO-CC Risk Management
WMO-Climate Information Network
 6. Day 2
ACSAD-Review of water resource management models
SMHI-Criteria for identifying possible hydrological models
UNISDR-Disaster risk deduction
AWARENET-VulnerabilityAssessment and MappingofHotspots
Vulnerability Assessment Discussion Paper
IDRC-CC Vulnerability Mapping for Southeast Asia
IDRC-SIDA-CC Vulnerability Mapping for Southeast Asia
AGU-Freshwater Vulnerability Assessment
UNEP Vulerability Assessment Methodology Report
WHO-Health Vulnerability and Adapation

Climate change impacts are being felt in many sectors in the Arab region. The Arab region, which is already water scarce, is expected to witness increased water stress, which has implications for the vulnerability of socio-economic and environmental sectors.  To assess the impact of climate change on water resources and conduct a vulnerability assessment on its implications for various sectors, a conceptual framework and plan of action for project implementation needs to be developed. Three inter-related components are required to develop this framework namely: climate modeling, hydrological modeling and the assessment of socio-economic and environmental impacts and vulnerability.

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) is jointly organizing 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.”

The meeting is an outcome of a collaborative effort between the United Nations, the League of Arab States and their respective specialized organizations and a follow-up to the expert meeting “Towards Assessing the Vulnerability of Water Resources to Climate Change in the Arab Region” (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 EGM is expected to gather Arab member states as well as regional and international experts and organizations concerned with climate change and water resources. The purpose is to update 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. This includes identifying appropriate approaches for reviewing baseline information, conducting climate change impact analysis, and preparing the vulnerability assessment. The meeting will also discuss the preferred mediums through which assessment findings, priorities and hotspots can be conveyed to regional stakeholders.

(For more information about the meeting convened during October 2009, please visit the meeting website at:


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