Gulf Environmental Security & Sustainability Research Program

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Gulf Environmental Security & Sustainability Research Program

The GRC Environment Security & Sustainability research program looks at environmental issues in the Gulf region, and seeks to document relevant and related information about specific concerns related to the Gulf, in order to deepen the awareness and understanding of the following key environmental issues:

  • Trends in the state of environment and natural resources in the Gulf and their natural, social and economic drivers
  • Major environment and sustainability initiatives
  • Environmental threats such as water, desertification as well as climate change and C&D debris

Sample of Past Projects

  • Green Gulf 2020: A follow up to the GRC’s initial “Green Gulf Study” project, supported by UNEP and the Arab League, and focusing on the proposal of a comprehensive sustainable development plan covering all environmental issues in the Gulf region, and including biodiversity issues, land degradation, coastal environment, water scarcity and quality, air pollution and solid waste management.
  • Clean Energy Network: It addressed clean energy issues within a GCC-EU context. Its main components:
    • Creation of a network of GCC and EU entities including universities, research institutes, industries and utilities, to support and work on topics of mutual interest in the area of clean energy under 5 different headings: Renewable Energy Sources, Energy Efficiency & Demand Side Management, Electricity Interconnections and Market Integration, Clean Natural Gas Technologies and Carbon Capture & Storage.
    • Capacity building events and joint research activities.
    • Dissemination of information for an increased knowledge in the GCC on EU policies in the area of clean energy, and the promotion of joint projects in this area.
    • Establishment of a sustainability strategy.

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