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Middle East - Increasing resilience to climate change in the agricultural sector of the Middle East : the cases of Jordan and Lebanon, Volume 1
Author:Verner, Dorte; Lee, David R; Ashwill, Maximillian; Wilby, Robert; Country:Europe, Middle East and North Africa;
Date Stored:2013/04/03Document Date:2013/01/01
Document Type:PublicationSubTopics:Agricultural Research; Climate Change Economics; Climate Change and Agriculture; Climate Change Mitigation and Green House Gases; Science of Climate Change
Region:Europe and Central Asia; Africa; Middle East and North AfricaReport Number:76367
Collection Title:A World Bank studyVolume No:1

Summary: The increasing resilience to climate change in the agricultural sector report presents local-level priorities, informed by stakeholder input, to build agricultural resilience in both countries. The objectives of this study were threefold: (1) to improve the understanding of climate change projections and impacts on rural communities and livelihoods in selected regions of Jordan and Lebanon, specifically the Jordan River Valley and Lebanon's Bekaa Valley; (2) to engage local communities, farmers, local experts, and local and national government representatives in a participatory fashion in helping craft agricultural adaptation options to climate change; and (3) to develop local and regional climate change action plans that formulate recommendations for investment strategies and strategic interventions in local agricultural systems. The climate challenges confronting development in the Middle East are particularly stark. This region, and in particular its rural people, face what might be called a `triple threat` from climate change. First, the Middle East is already one of the driest and most water-scarce regions of the world (World Bank 2011) and faces severe challenges posed by high temperatures and limited water supplies. This report to assist Jordan and Lebanon in understanding the specific challenges and opportunities posed by climate change in the agricultural sector.

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