The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is vulnerable to climate change. It is one of the driest regions with a high dependency on climate-sensitive agriculture. The MENA region has the highest level of water scarcity in the world, the concentration of populations and economic activity in flood-prone urban coastal zones, and the presence of conflict-ridden areas in which climate induced resource scarcity could escalate violence and political turmoil even beyond the region’s boundaries.
Climate change has been affecting millions of people in MENA region. For example, in 2013 continuous and heavy rain in most of Sudan led to floods that destroyed over 25,000 homes. In addition, UAE’s fogs have led to deadly traffic accidents and the desertification in Tunisia has forced many farmers to leave their jobs.
Climate Tracker in its new research on the media landscape in MENA region analyzes the media landscape of climate reporting in the MENA region, with country focuses on Sudan, Tunisia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. The research includes data on reporting on climate change and environmental topics across all five countries, and interviews with expert journalists from each country.
Climate Tracker would like to thank the journalists who were part of this research including Rabiya Shabeeh, Ousama Hamraoui, George Onsy, Amr Hosney, Tariq Al-Omsimy and Hamdi Hached for their kind contributions in providing insight on media environment in their countries.
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