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Climate Change and Environment
IFI-funded research project
Articles published in peer-reviewed journals

Climate Change in Lebanon: Higher-order Regional Impacts from Agriculture
Eduardo A. Haddad, Department of Economics and NEREUS, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Nadim Farajalla, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
Marina Camargo, NEREUS, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil Ricardo L. Lopes, Maringa State University, Maringa, Brazil Flavio V. Vieira, Federal University of Uberlandia, Uberlandia, Brazil



Conference Poster

Visual poster presented by Climate Change and Environment Program on the Informal Systems project at the International Conference on Urban Health
Role of Informal Systems in the Sustainability and Resilience Building to Climate Change in Beirut, Lebanon



Research Reports

The Role of Informal Systems in Urban Sustainability and Resilience - A Review
Nadim Farajalla, PhD, Program Director, Climate Change and Environment Program, Issam Fares Institute, AUB
Ayah Badran, Project Coordinator, Climate Change and Environment Program, Issam Fares Institute, AUB
Jad Taha El Baba, Research Assistant, Climate Change and Environment Program, Issam Fares Institute, AUB
Yasmina Choueiri, Environmental Consultant and Water Expert
Rana El Hajj, Senior Program Coordinator​, Climate Change and Environment Program, Issam Fares Institute, AUB
Mona Fawaz, PhD, Program Director, Social Justic and the City Program, Issam Fares Institute, AUB
Ali Chalak, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Department of Agriculture, AUB
English ||| Arabic



The Way Forward to Safeguard Water in Lebanon, National Water Integrity Risk Assessment
This paper is based upon work undertaken at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut within the “Capacity Building Programme on Water Integrity in the Middle East and North Africa” implemented by the Stockholm International Water Institute and partners, with the financial support of the Swedish Government. 

English ||| Arabic



Impact of Population Growth and Climate Change on Water Scarcity, Agricultural Output and Food Security
This research project brought together several teams from across multiple countries to conduct a review and analysis on a wide range of complex, interconnected topics. Any one of these issues (e.g. climate change, population dynamics, food security and water security) can allow for vast and deep exploration. Seeking to integrate the concepts into unified analysis that is comprehensive and coherent is both exceptionally challenging and incredibly necessary. By viewing these issues in isolation, one risks missing significant drivers of change in the other areas. Thus, such projects are critical for fully understanding how communities and countries are affected by growing environmental and human-caused threats, how they are responding, and ideas for how they can improve their adaptation strategies. With the invaluable benefit of being able to draw from an in-depth literature review, expert consultation and findings from case studies in disparate conditions in multiple sites across two countries, the team was able to identify, detail and explore these critical issues in great breadth and depth.


HISTORY OF CLIMATE CHANGE NEGOTIATIONS AND THE ARAB COUNTRIES: The Case of Egypt
This paper outlines Egypt’s vulnerability to potential impacts of climate change, analyses Egypt’s involvement in the climate change negotiations process, and sheds light on the major developments of national positions throughout the course of the negotiations up to the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP 18) in Doha in 2012. Analysis shows active involvement on Egypt’s part in the global climate regime and alignment of Egypt’s position to that of other developing countries’, especially the Arab and African groups. The major shift in Egypt’s position observed throughout the negotiations process is the concession regarding its commitment to reduce GHGs emissions, which they had rejected since 1992. This shift took place gradually, starting with Egypt’s acceptance of the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in Cancun, followed by its acceptance to negotiate a legally binding instrument applicable to all, in Durban in 2011. It is evident that Egypt, together with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), has been playing a leading role within the Arab group irrespective of its own divergent national interests. Research was conducted by Ibrahim Abdel Gelil, Arabian Gulf University



Effect of distributed electric power generation on household exposure to airborne carcinogens in Beirut
In this study, levels of airborne carcinogens were measured when diesel generators were operating and when they were off, on the balconies of 20 residences located in the Hamra area of Beirut. Data were interpreted using a computational fluid dynamics model of pollutant dispersion. Study was conducted by Alan Shihadeh, Marc Al Helou, Najat Saliba, Sara Jaber, Nader Alaeddine, Elias Ibrahim, Zahra Salahieh, and Maher Chiit.



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


 

 
 
Publications

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

Abstract ||| Full article


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.



Working Papers

WPS#36:Water, Energy, Food Nexus: An Outlook on Public Institutions in the Arab World
Elie Chnais, Environmental Expert
Nadim Farajalla, Program Director, Climate Change and Environment in the Arab World Program, Issam Fares Institute, AUB
Rana El Hajj, Senior Program Coordinator in the Climate Change and Environment in the Arab World Program at the Issam Fares Institute, AUB

 

WPS#35:Water, Energy, Food Nexus: An Outlook on Public Institutions in Lebanon
Nadim Farajalla, Program Director, Climate Change and Environment in the Arab World Program, Issam Fares Institute, AUB
Patricia Haydamous, Research Assistant in the Climate Change and Environment in the Arab World Program at the Issam Fares Institute, AUB
Rana El Hajj, Senior Program Coordinator in the Climate Change and Environment in the Arab World Program at the Issam Fares Institute, AUB

 

WPS#30: Getting to Campus: Sustainable Public Transportation and Relocating the American University in Cairo
Richard Tutwiler, Professor and Director, Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment, The American University in Cairo
Andrew Petrovich, Research Associate, LEED Green Associate, Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment (RISE, The American University in Cairo
Hagar Eldidi, Research Associate, Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment, The American University in Cairo
Yumna ElKassim, Research Associate, Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment,The American University in Cairo

WPS#29: Sustainable Transportation and Mega Sporting Events in Arab Countries – the Case of Qatar
Robert Wittkuhn,Robert Wittkuhn M.Sc. (Dipl.-Ing.); Department of Political Studies and Public Administration, American University of Beirut
Dr. Danyel Reiche, Department of Political Studies and Public Administration, American University of Beirut

WPS#28: Economic Impacts of Adopting a Sustainable Transport System in Beirut
Mazen Omran,Senior Transport Planner, Dar Al Handasah – Shair and Partners
Johnny Ojeil,Director, Ove Arup and Partners, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Youssef Fawaz,Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil and Environment Engineering, American University of Beirut

WPS#27: Commuters’ Behavior towards Upgraded Bus Services in Greater Beirut: Implications for Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Social Welfare and Transport Policy
Ali Chalaka, Department of Agricultural Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, American University of Beirut
Hani Al-Naghib, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, American University of Beirut
Alexandra Iranic, Department of Agricultural Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, American University of Beirut
Maya Abou-Zeidd Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, American University of Beirut

WPS #26: Harnessing Motorists’ Potential Demand for Hybrid-Electric Vehicles in Lebanon: Policy Options, CO2 Emissions Reduction and Welfare Gains
Alexandra Irani, Department of Agricultural Sciences, American University of Beirut
Ali Chalak, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Sciences, American University of Beirut

WPS #25: Sustainable Transportation in the Arab World: International Benchmarking on Sustainable Transport Policies and their Impacts
Isam Kaysi, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, American University of Beirut
Farid B. Chaaban, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, American University of Beirut

WPS #23: Climate Change in Lebanon: Higher-order Regional Impacts from Agriculture
Nadim Farajalla, American University of Beirut
Eduardo A. Haddad, Nereus Lab University of San Paolo
Marina Camargo,Nereus Lab University of San Paolo
Ricardo Lopes,Nereus Lab University of San Paolo
Flavio Vieira,Nereus Lab University of San Paolo

Policy Briefs

Enhancing regional cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa through the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus
Rana El-Hajj, Senior Program Coordinator, Climate Change and Environment Program, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, AUB
Nadim Farajalla, Program Director, Climate Change and Environment Program, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, AUB
Tessa Terpstra, MENA Regional Envoy for Water and Energy Security, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Anders Jägerskog, Counsellor, Embassy of Sweden in Jordan

​Nexus Governance and the Role of Institutions
in collaboration with several partners
Rana El Hajj and Nadim Farajalla
English ||| Arabic

The Way Forward to Safeguard Water in Lebanon
Silva Kerkezian:,Project Coordinator, IFI-AUB
Zeinab Farhat:,Program Research Assistant, IFI-AUB
English ||| Arabic

Lebanon’s Agricultural Sector Policies: Considering inter-regional approaches to adaptation to climate change
Patricia Haydamous: Program Research Assistant, IFI, AUB
Rana El Hajj: Program Coordinator, IFI-AUB
English ||| Arabic

Sustainable Transportation Series
A series of seven policy memos was produced, based on the papers presented during the conference on “Building the Case for Sustainable Transportation in the Arab World”, on May 21st 2014.

May, 2011 Policy Memo #10
Climate Change and Health Research in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR)
Dr. Rima R. Habib, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, AUB
English ||| Arabic

May, 2011 Policy Memo #9
Renewable Energy Policies in the Gulf countries: A case study of the carbon-neutral "Masdar City" in Abu Dhabi
Dr. Danyel Reiche, Professor of Comparative Politics, Department of Political Studies and Public Administration, AUB
English ||| Arabic

May, 2011 Policy Memo #8
Possibilities and Limitations for Feed-in Tariff Policy in Lebanon Electricity Sector
Hamed Beheshti, PhD Fellow Renewable Energy Policy Planning, Freie Universität, Berlin, Berlin Center for Caspian Region Energy and Environment Studies (BC CARE)
English ||| Arabic

May, 2011 Policy Memo #7
Recycling Farm Biomass for Biogas Production: A Feasibility Study in Rural Lebanon
Dr. Mohamad Abiad, Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, AUB
Dr. Isam Bashour, Dr. Ali Chalak and Ms. Rosine Habchy, Department of Agricultural Sciences, AUB

English ||| Arabic

May, 2011 Policy Memo #6
2010 Report of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development on Water
Director General of the Lebanese Ministry of Environment Dr Berj Hatjian gives a course at AUB titled, "Environmental Policy Practice in Lebanon". Seven of his students attended the Arab Forum of Environment and Development (AFED) conference and wrote this policy memo as part of IFI's commitment to Climate Change and Environmental issues.
English ||| Arabic

June, 2010 Policy Memo #5
Carbon trading: A potential for Arab countries to abate climate change
Jad Chaaban, PhD, assistant professor of Economics at the Department of Agricultural Sciences, AUB. and Souehil Abboud, Middle East Regional Director of EcoSecurities
English ||| Arabic

May, 2009 Policy Memo #4
Water mismanagement responsible for high levels of saline and chloride in Greater Beirut groundwater
Mark Saadeh, PhD - Hydrogeologist, speacialising in seawater intrusion in the Greater Beirut area; consultant for the Litani River Authority

February, 2009 Policy Memo #3
Multi-faceted mitigation can reduce risk of complete collapse of Arab world's water, food, and land systems
George J. Nasr, PhD - Professor of Engineering at the Lebanese University

January, 2009 Policy Memo #2
Governments should practice 'water demand management' to rescue region's water resources
Hamed Assaf, PhD - Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, AUB
English ||| Arabic

June, 2008 Policy Memo #1
Researchers, civil society and government must combine forces to offset climate change's expected impact on multiple sectors in the Arab World
Nadim Farajalla, PhD - Environmental Engineering, Associate Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources, AUB

 
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