The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs
are pleased to announce
The Annual Climate Change Student Competition
Climate Change and Land in the MENA Region
AUB’s graduate students are invited to participate in a competition for the best research proposal on Climate Change Adaptation in Lebanon and the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA)
1st Prize: $2,000
2nd Prize: $1,500
3rd Prize: $1,000
November 18th, 2017
Application and Competition Guidelines
The Climate Change and Environment Program at the Issam Fares Institute has, throughout its work over the last nine years, identified a significant gap in data, information and research on climate change in Lebanon and the region. Research on issues of high significance to Lebanon and the region such as impacts of and adaptation to climate change is minimal; especially interdisciplinary and policy-relevant research. Lebanon is currently in the process of setting its National Sustainable Development Strategy as well as initiating a three year process to develop its National Adaptation Plan under the Paris Agreement. Such research would guide and inform Lebanon’s policy-making process in light of its commitment to the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.
In line with the governmental work on Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals, BLF and the Issam Fares Institute are launching an annual competition for AUB’s graduate students on the best research proposal on climate change adaptation. The aim of this competition is to encourage interdisciplinary research on climate change adaptation that can inform policy-making.
The competition is a campus-wide event focusing on graduate student research and provides graduate students the added incentive and opportunity to present innovative and multidisciplinary research ideas, from both the applied and the social sciences that are geared towards climate change in Lebanon and the region.
The top three proposals will be selected by a jury on December 2017 and will be awarded 3 monetary prizes at an event hosted by the Issam Fares Institute and BLF.
About the 2017-2018 Theme
The theme for the first year, academic year 2017-2018, is Climate Change and Land in the MENA region.
The MENA region is threatened by the negative implications of land degradation and desertification on the socio-economic and political stability of countries of the region. Important repercussions of these phenomena include increased poverty, food insecurity, displacement and migration, among others.
The importance of healthy land for sustainable development was reflected through the Sustainable Development Goal 15 “Life on Land” which aims to “Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and biodiversity loss”.
In its submitted Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which will be considered as Lebanon’s commitment under the Paris Agreement in 2020, Lebanon highlights that adaptation is a national priority. Lebanon’s INDCs on adaptation identify three focus areas: Biodiversity, Agriculture and Forestry, and Water. The three areas are all linked to each other and to healthy Land.
To learn more about the Institute's Climate Change and Environment Program, watch this short video