How can the Middle East and North Africa adapt to climate change?

School of Government, Luiss Guido Carli, 26/04/2023

26 April 2023, 16.00-17.30 CET

School of Government, Luiss Guido Carli, Viale Pola 12

Extreme events such as heatwaves, severe precipitation and droughts are all expected to increase in a warming world. In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), climate change is expected to result in sea level rise and an increase in heat extremes, which will put intense pressure on already scarce water resources. The time of “easy water” will be over this decade for most MENA countries.  In turn, the region is set to experience significant challenges to regional food security, livelihoods and public health.

What are the hotspots of climate vulnerability in the region? How are states and local communities reacting to this change and preparing to address the major challenges of water and food security? How can MENA countries transform their economies and development models, with what political consequences at the regional level?


Prof. Virginie Collombier, Mediterranean Platform, Luiss School of Government


Mr. Matthew Brubacher, independent consultant specialised on climate change in fragile states.

Ms. Carol Chouchani Cherfane, Director of the UN-ESCAW Climate Change and Natural Resource Sustainability Cluster and of the Arab Centre for Climate Change Policies in Beirut.

Dr. Nadim Farajalla, Program Director for Climate Change and Environment at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut.