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What is the ecological deficit in Arab countries, and how much of the natural capital is demanded by the population?
•What is the real environmental performance of Arab countries?
•How does the ecological footprint compare to GDP?
•How can sustainability be achieved with Arab population doubling to 800 million in 2040?
•Can the Arab region or any of its countries be self-sustained in food and water in the world’s driest spot?
•Can regional cooperation with sound resource management provide the solution?


These are some of the topics on the agenda of the Fifth Annual Conference of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED), scheduled for 29-30 November 2012 in Beirut.

For the first time, an Ecological Footprint Atlas exploring resource constraints in the Arab countries from the perspective of the regenerative capacity of nature is being published.

AFED has commissioned the Global Footprint Network (GFN), who are world leaders in this field, to produce the Atlas. The study is based on the most recent data, and covers the 22 members of the League of Arab States, as: individual countries, sub-regions and the whole region, to allow examination of benefits of regional cooperation.

AFED report on Sustainability Options in the Arab Countries will help promote the concept of ecological accounts and move towards their integration in decision-making.

Ignoring signs of environmental deterioration and resources limitations will not solve the problem. The AFED 2012 report thus aims at stating the facts, as a prelude for calling to face the challenges and find alternative paths for development in positive and hopeful spirit. The report puts forward various options for social and economic development, while preserving the natural balance and resources sustainability.

Who should attend?

• Corporate and industry leaders
• Government organizations with responsibility for the environment, development, resource management, planning,
economy and finance
• Environment experts
• Financial institutions
• Academic and research institutions
• NGOs dealing with environment and development

Main Benefits Expected

• Get a comprehensive understanding of Arab ecological footprint figures and calculations
• Learn about global trends and technologies in Footprint accounts
• Interact directly with experts, policy makers and corporate leaders
with interest in the field
• Identify opportunities for providing solutions and joining the fight to preserve our environment and quality of life

More details are available in the conference brochure:
http://www.afedonline.org/conference/Brochure2012.pdf