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Dean Mohtar speaker and panelists at the “Climate Change Conference Cyprus 2018”

Dean Mohtar was speaker and panelist at the “Climate Change Conference Cyprus 2018” on May 18-19. In his presentation “Climate Change Impact on Water and Food: The Role of the Water Energy Food Nexus”, Dean Mohtar offered a situational analysis and projections for water, energy, food and the impact of human migration in Lebanon. He provided a regional overview climate change, highlighting its impact on water, energy, food and infrastructure. The Dean then offered a framework for climate adaptation and resilience, highlighting the role of the WEF Nexus in addressing primary resources securities under the impacts of climate change. He discussed lessons learned from similar regions and presented the WEFRAH initiative. ​

In his closing remarks, Dean Mohtar called for a multi-stakeholders scale approach, emphasizing the need to build capacity across public, private, academic, utility sector, stressing that integrated approaches can be achieved through the creation of regional cooperation and communities of practice that are inclusive of farmers, operators, and consumers. Dean Mohtar highlighted the use and benefits of WEF Nexus Tools in assessing economic, socio-environmental sustainability of technologies and policies, the need to account for the spatial and temporal attributes of resources, and to acknowledge and learn from hotspots of resource demand. Dean Mohtar’s presentation was followed with a one-hour panel discussion of the impacts and challenges of climate change, during which he interacted with representatives of th​e public and private sectors and academia.

Click here​ for The Cyprus Institute’s press release on the conference.

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