Supporting sustainable development initiatives for the region

Supporting sustainable development initiatives for the region

November 04, 2010 at 08:11am
The third Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) – starting today in Beirut – discusses the pressing challenge of water scarcity in the region. The Arab world has scarce and declining water resources resulting in many challenges for the region to meet the increasing demand for water for its growing population. At this conference, leaders from the government, private sector and civil society are convening at this conference to discuss sustainable management of water solutions.

As the Silver Sponsor of the conference, GE will place the spotlight on sustainable development by showcasing ecomagination, the company’s business initiative to meet customer demand for more energy-efficient products.

The availability of water resources is critically linked to food security, energy, climate change and overall security, according to experts. A recent report by UK-based corporate risk intelligence firm, Maplecroft, states that the Middle East and North African (MENA) economies perform poorly in an index that rates the supply of fresh water to societies and businesses. All the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) nations have been ranked as ‘high risk’ by the index. This warrants an immediate call to action for water conservation and focused investments to boost water reuse. In the same light, at AFED, GE will highlight how ecomagination can help complement the governmental efforts in meeting the growing water demand as well as boost sustainable development.

AFED is a regional non-profit, non-governmental organization that brings together decision makers from the Middle East to discuss solutions to the regions most pressing environmental problems. AFED therefore plays an important role in building unique partnerships with public-private organizations to advance environmental goals.

Read more:
AFED website
Importance of Desalination
Shedding light on the importance of water recycling

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