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Training on Climate Change Vulnerability in the Arab Region


ESCWA convened a workshop on “Applying the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Methodology in the Arab Region,” from 11 to 13 May 2014 at the United Nations House in Beirut. The meeting was organized by ESCWA under the umbrella of the Regional Initiative for the Assessment of the Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources and Socio-Economic Vulnerability in the Arab Region (RICCAR), in partnership with the Adaptation to Climate Change in the Water Sector in the MENA Region Programme of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für InternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ/ACCWaM) and the League of Arab States. It was closely coordinated with the Arab Center for the Study of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD), which supplied data sets and data sources for supporting the development of the methodology, and drew information from the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI). The workshop introduced participants to the different concepts of vulnerability and the approach adopted for pursing the vulnerability assessment under the regional initiative. They were also guided through training manual on the methodology and implementation of the integrated vulnerability assessment using geographic information system (GIS) applications to support greater research and understanding of climate change vulnerabilities in the Arab region. The training targeted senior experts from institutions based in the Arab region who are engaged in climate change impact assessment and vulnerability assessment research with in-house capacities in geographic information systems and experience working with climate change and water-related databases. For more information, please visit: