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Climate Change
West Asia is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change and impacts are likely to become more intense in future. Rising temperatures and extreme weather events have contributed to loss of crop yield in many countries. Crop yields are projected to decline by a further 10 percent by 2020. More

Disasters and Conflicts
In West Asia, UNEP works with its Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch in Geneva to understand and reduce the impacts of environmental degradation from disasters and conflicts on human health, livelihoods and security. It also emphasizes the role of healthy ecosystems and sustainably-managed resources in reducing the risk of disasters and conflicts More

Ecosystem Management
The West Asia region boasts a high level of biological and cultural diversity which has greatly shaped its history and economic activities. While the region occupies less than 10 per cent of the planet's total surface, it is home to more than half of the world's human population and some of the most diverse plant and animal species in the world. More

Environmental Governance
Support to UN common country programming processes – UNEP has a global programme focusing on UN common country programming processes and the mainstreaming of environmental sustainability and climate change within them. This is implemented through the Regional Offices primarily in countries that are rolling out their UN Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs) More

Chemicals and Waste
In West Asia, harmful and hazardous waste threatens millions of people. Left unchecked, these wastes could pose severe hazards. Asia's high population density and often tropical climate put it especially at risk for contamination. Regulations have increased but enforcement remains inadequate. More

Resource Efficiency
Most of the global growth in resource use has occurred in high-income Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, but recently the Asia and the Pacific region has emerged as a major global resource consumer and has surpassed the rest of world in material use. More

Environment Under Review
The Environment Under Review sub-programme aims to empower regional stakeholders in their policy and decision-making by providing scientific information and knowledge and keeping the environment under review. It works closely with a large number of partners and collaborating centres in all regions of the world and has established functional networks for data..

West Asia Office - Key Activities

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Experts discuss ways to motivate young people
EXPERTS from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and General Organisation for Youth and Sports joined forces to discuss ways to motivate young people in Bahrain to care more about the environment

A regional meeting took place at the Ramee Grand Hotel and Spa in Seef yesterday that brought together key representatives from the public and private sectors, universities and civil society organisations from west Asia

Arab Region Atlas of Our Changing Environment

United Nations Environment Programme
Hardcover: 303 pages
Publication Date: 2013

Increasingly, and through satellite images, we see stark evidence of the impact human activities are having on the planet. Viewing the Earth from this remarkable range and scale allows us to better comprehend the environmental changes taking place on land, in the water and in the air.

UAE to host The First Global Conference on the United Nations' Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE)
The United Arab Emirates which represents the will, vision and ambition for sustainable future continues to lead the way in green initiatives and practices, as it was officially announced the host of the first “Global Conference on the United Nations’ Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE)” which will take place on 4-5 March 2014, in Dubai.

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