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Climate adaptation, transboundary water management, and political stability in the Middle East

Challenges and opportunities for EU-Levant collaboration on sustainable development and regional stability


25 May 2023-26 May 2023

Istanbul, Türkiye

The effects of climate change on water supply, food security, migration, and political stability are becoming evident in the Middle East. The sustainable management of its water resources is among the region’s major challenges – only compounded by climate change. In recent years, the region has been hit by increasingly frequent and severe weather events, which disproportionately affect poor and marginalized communities, undermine economic prospects, displace populations, and fuel tensions between people and states.

Addressing these challenges requires a coordinated approach involving the development, humanitarian, and security communities. It also requires regular exchanges between academic experts, field practitioners, and decisionmakers.

This workshop brought together experts and stakeholders from the region and beyond to discuss approaches to addressing the nexus between climate change, water resources, development, migration, and (human) security in the region. Participants shared good practices and discussed strategic priorities – in particular with regard to regional cooperation and collaboration with the EU and other European partners.

Discussions and policy recommendations developed during the workshop were fed into CASCADES’ ongoing consultation and outreach process with the European Commission and other European stakeholders.

Interviews with local experts 

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