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On-going IFI-Research/Projects

2014 – 2017: Capacity Building Programme on Water Integrity in the Middle East and North Africa
The Climate Change and Environment in the Arab World Program, IFI, AUB is the Lebanese National Partner to the “Capacity Building Programme on Water Integrity in the Middle East and North Africa” which is implemented by The Stockholm International Water Institute and partners with the financial support of the Swedish government.

2013 – Impact of Population Growth and Climate Change in Lebanon and Egypt on Water Scarcity, Agricultural Output and Food Security
Columbia University Middle East Research Center (CUMERC), the Institute for Sustainable Development Practice (ISDP), the Desert Development Center (DDC) at the American University in Cairo (AUC), and American University of Beirut’s (AUB) Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS) and the Climate Change and the Environment in the Arab World Program of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI). Read more

2013 – Lebanon’s Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Policy and Institutional Analysis
Nadim Farajalla, Patricia Haydamous, Silva Kerkezian and Rana El Hajj
Climate Change and Environment in the Arab World, IFI, AUB
Public Presentations and Panel Discussion – The Nexus Approach: The Road to Water, Energy and Food Security in the Arab World?

2013 – The Issam Fares Institute commissioned 5 research papers within the 2013 call for proposals on “Sustainable Transportation in the Arab World”

  • Economic Impacts of Adopting a Sustainable Transport System in Beirut
    Mazen Omran, Johnny Ojeil, Youssef Fawaz

  • Inching Forward: The case for Sustainable Transportation in the Arab World
    Bassam Aoun, Meryl Haddad

  • Motorists’ Willingness to Switch to Clean-Fuel Vehicles and the Implications for Public and Environmental Health: The Case of Greater Beirut
    Ali Chalak, Alexandra Irani - American University of Beirut

  • Sustainable transportation and mega sport events in Arab countries – the case of Qatar
    Danyel Reiche - American University of Beirut

  • Sustainable Transportation in the Arab World: International Benchmarking on Sustainable Transport Policies and their Impacts
    Issam Kaysi, Farid Chaaban - American University of Beirut

  • 2012 – The Economics of Adaptation to Climate change in the Agriculture sector in Lebanon
    The University of Sao Paulo Regional and Urban Economics Lab – NEREUS
    The Climate Change and Environment in the Arab World, IFI, AUB.
    Lecture and Panel Discussion – Impact of Climate Change on the Arab World.

    2012 – Commuters’ Behavior towards Upgraded Bus Services in Greater Beirut: Role of Itinerary and Environmental Information Provision and Implications to Climate Change Policy
    Ali Chalak, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, American University of Beirut,
    Maya Abou Zeid, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, AUB



    Completed IFI-Research/Projects

    The Association Between Women's Self-Rated Health and Satisfaction with Environmental Services in an Underserved Community in Lebanon

    Rima R. Habib PhD MPH MOHS , Kareem Elzein MPH & Safa Hojeij MSc (2013).
    Women & Health, 53:5, 451-467, DOI: 10.1080/03630242.2013.806387

    Country-specific Studies on Climate Change and the Policy-making Process in the Levant

    The Issam Fares Institute commissioned 5 country/region-specific papers on the various issues and stakeholders involved in climate change for the Levant countries (Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria) and North Africa. Regional experts each delivered a short publication and presented their work at a closed seminar on August 4, 2009, at the American University of Beirut, AUB.

    Climate Change in the MENA Region: What Health Consequences and Costs?

    Iman Nuwayhid, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, AUB
    Rima Habib, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health, AUB

    National Economic, Environment and Development Studies (NEEDS) Project

    The Lebanese government, through its Ministry of Environment, approached IFI for the first time to study the cost of Climate Change adaptation and mitigation on the Energy and Agriculture sectors in Lebanon. This inter-disciplinary project brought in four AUB faculty members to prepare the study: Leila Dagher, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Nadim Farajalla, Assistant Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources, Marcus Marktanner, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, and Philippe Zgheib, Senior Lecturer, Management, School of Business.
    The NEEDS Lebanon Country Brief was submitted and presented by Dr. Nadim Farajalla at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP15) Copenhagen world summit, December 2009. Lebanon is one of 10 countries selected by UNFCCC to prepare and submit this NEEDS report for the Copenhagen conference.
    Read / Download NEEDS Lebanon Country Brief
    Final Report Arabic ||| Final Report English


    Effect of Distributed Electric Power Generation on Household Exposure to Airborne Carcinogens:
    Unintended Consequences of Supply-Side Power Reduction Measures in Poorly Regulated Environments

    Alan Shihadeh, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, AUB
    Najat Saliba, Associate Professor, Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, AUB
    Read the Research Report


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