On May 22-24, 2017, the regional expert meeting for the Middle East and North Africa on Climate and Air Pollution was held in Amman. The event gathered experts and representatives from the various MENA countries as well as the private sector and NGOs. The aim of the meeting was to explore opportunities to improve air quality, health and climate in the Arab countries of the Middle East and North Africa through the reduction of emissions resulting from actions on Short‐Lived Climate Pollutants(SLCPs): Black Carbon, Methane, Tropospheric Ozone, and Hydrofluorocarbons.
Among the issues reviewed were:
- The prospects for air pollution and climate change in the region up to 2030 in the absence of action on Short‐Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) feasible mitigation technologies and strategies and opportunities for their implementation at national scale;
- The potential contribution of Short‐Lived Climate Pollutants mitigation to economic development and health protection;
- Linking SLCPs mitigation to broader regional air pollution and climate strategies and their benefit for the MENA region.
Throughout the event CEDARE presented its activities in the field of sustainable transportation as well as presenting the case study of Egypt, discussing the lessons learnt and the challenges faced throughout the history of addressing climate change and air pollution in the sector of transportation.
The event was jointly organized by the UN Environment and the Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). CCAC is a global effort that unites governments, civil society and private sector, committed to improving air quality and protecting the climate in next few decades by reducing short-lived climate pollutants across sectors. Among its initiatives is Supporting National Planning and Action on short-lived climate pollutants (SNAP).
Awareness of the advantages of taking action on SLCPs is not yet widespread in the MENA region. However, Morocco, Jordan and Iraq have already joined the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to reduce SLCPs and other countries have been encouraged to do so to ensure wider cooperation in this important field of environmental action.