The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is suffering more from the implications of climate change than most other world regions. The rise in temperature, a growing shortage of water, desertification and harvest losses, as well as the rising costs of imports of food, are some of the most obvious consequences. At the same time, countries in the Middle East are the main producers of fossil fuel and engines of oil-based economies.
By fostering an energy transformation, we challenge a growth model that destroys the natural basis for life and harms a sustainable way for social and ecological development. The MENA region is characterized by enormous potential for a transition and expansion of renewable energy with a daily average of nine hours of sun. Thus, we explore solutions for a just transition in the energy sector ensuring both, the protection of the planet and the people.
With our regional partner organizations and environmental activists, we promote the concept of international and domestic climate justice. We train our partners, civil society oranisations, in climate diplomacy, bring civil society together with governments to develop a regional agenda for the climate summits and work on local solutions for adaptation and energy efficiency on the ground.
On a local level we lobby for the expansion of public transport in MENA cities, we conduct research for easy solutions for a more sustainable way and energy savings and bring the civil society together with decision makers.
The regional project is based in FES Jordan & Iraq, Amman, and operates in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco and with regional actors.