Climate change will have far-reaching impacts on the Middle East. Experts anticipate the region’s future to be dramatically affected by changing climate conditions and extreme weather events, the scarcity of natural resources and the continued human pollution of the environment. Existing conflict lines will likely be exacerbated by these dynamics.
The Robert Bosch Stiftung and its partners Orient Matters and the Arab Reform Initiative strive to build a program around innovative projects in the Middle East. The program and even more so its projects, aims to tackle the interlinkages between climate change, conflict and environmental governance using comprehensive and sustainable approaches. Thereby, we are particularly interested in locally-led approaches, as including local communities, their knowledge and expectations contribute to sustainable peace.
Following the open call for ideas in October 2021, four projects have been chosen, working on diverse subjects and in different fields. These projects work on topics like waste management systems, natural resource distribution between conflicting communities, the impact of the extraction of oil on the environment and the livelihood of local communities as well as the impact of access to water on local conflict dynamics.
In addition to the financial and ideational support of the organizations, we aim to build a network. We believe that the exchange with other organizations contributes to an enhanced learning experience and has a long-lasting impact on the organizations participating in the program. At the same time, we would like to learn from our project partners. This developing network enhances visibility and contributes in this way to bring the timely topic of the intersection of climate change, conflict and environmental governance to a greater audience.