Environmental Justice

The Middle East is characterized by high income economies relying on energy exports, and middle to low income economies with limited resources for export. Both developmental models tend to neglect sustainability - but pollution, climate change and loss of natural resources already are rampant and will effect future generations even more drastically. Pushing for sustainable development is also a question of justice: between current and future generations, but also between those who have the means to isolate themselves from the negative repercussions of unsustainable practices, and those who have to bear the brunt of it. The program Environmental Justice puts special emphasis on the issues of climate change and renewable energies, on the access to public resources, and the right to sustainable agriculture and a just international trade regime.

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Piles of solid waste in a street in Lebanon

Impacting policies: Waste management and advocacy in Lebanon.

Paper

This paper tackles the evolution and role of civil society actors and advocacy campaigns concerning Solid Waste Management since the 2015 waste crisis. It addresses the organization, advocacy strategies, tools, challenges, adopted roadmaps, and lessons learned from these movements and coalitions, using a comparative analysis between the Harak movement that emerged during the 2015 waste crisis and the Waste Management Coalition that formed in 2017 in the face of persistent waste mismanagement and the government plans to adopt waste incineration.

Power Poverty Hunger

In 2020, 768 million people suffered from hunger and undernourishment. That is almost 10 percent of the global population. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations expects these numbers to rise further as a result of the economic crisis triggered by covid-19, extreme weather events, and conflicts.

Cover of Plastic Atlas MENA region 1st edition

Plastic Atlas

Plastic is ubiquitous: we use it for life-saving medical devices, clothing, toys and cosmetics; we use it in agriculture and industry. But we also know the growing risk of plastic waste in the environment, landfills and the oceans.

Recent Articles

hbs concludes the 7th Regional Summer School on Civic Engagement in Urban Sustainable Development

Regional Summer School - Our Cities Our Future: Civic Engagement in Sustainable Urban Development

Inside COP 24 in Katowice

Great expectations, low execution: The Katowice climate change conference COP 24

Heinrich Böll Stiftung (hbs) Wraps Up its Regional Summer School 2018 in Tunis

City Debates

City Debates is a yearly conference organized by the Masters in Urban Planning & Policy and Masters in Urban Design Programs at the American University of Beirut. This year, Professor Ralf Pasel joined AUB's City Debates 2018 in Beirut and summarized his presentation in the following 2 podcasts:

PROFESSOR RALF PASEL ON SITUATIONAL URBANISM

PROFESSOR RALF PASEL ON HOUSING PROJECTS FOR REFUGEES IN GERMANY

Dossiers

Dossier: United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP24) Katowice, Poland – 2 to 14 December 2018

Dossier: Marrakech UNFCCC COP 22 – 7 to 18 November 2016

Dossier: Paris Climate Change Conference - 30 Nov-11 Dec 2015