The Arab world has witnessed an alarming pace of environmental degradation, caused mainly by population growth, the over-exploitation of resources through urbanization and unsustainable development, weak policies and laws, and armed conflict. It is expected that this ongoing degradation will be worsened by the effects of climate change, leading to a life-threatening rise in rise, water shortages, a rise in the sea level, and erosion. Many plant and animal species, some of which are already declared as endangered worldwide, are disappearing from the Arab region or their numbers dropping drastically. Mountainous regions, coastal and green areas are also being lost. And as a consequence, many livelihoods (such as fishing, farming and hunting), which have been dependent on these species and places for hundreds of years, are also endangered.
Within its Environmental Justice program, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Middle East Office launched the “To Fight For” project aiming at raising awareness through an interactive website on causes of environmental degradation in the Arab World by pinpointing some randomly selected places, species and livelihoods from the region that are at risk of disappearing. In addition, this project seeks to promote environmentally sustainable practices, laws and plans that can safeguard and help us fight for these endangered species, places and livelihoods.
For more on "Water Not For Sale" campain:
Read the article "When dams meet privatization: Lebanon under water transactions" by Roland Riachi published in alakhbar english on May 13th, 2014
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