Environment and Governance

Analyzing environment and governance issues and opportunities throughout the region

The Middle East is a region of extremes. It contains both the world’s largest deposits of hydrocarbons and some of the most water-scarce nations in the world. Growing populations challenge governments to supply adequate water, energy, and waste disposal in a manner that is reliable, affordable, and sustainable. The Middle East Program explores innovative ways governments, businesspeople, and civic groups are addressing service provision, energy security, and climate change both within countries and across the region.

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Photo: AAREF WATAD/AFP via Getty Images

Photo: AAREF WATAD/AFP via Getty Images

Redefining Climate Finance for a Troubled World

As funding for climate adaptation dwindles in the face of competing crises, climate financing should be mainstreamed into all investments and aid programs, while confronting the underlying governance issues that are often at the core of vulnerability to climate change.

Commentary by Natasha Hall — February 5, 2024