On November 4th Keith and I had the pleasure of meeting with Dr. Nadia Makran Ebeid, the Executive Director of the Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE), Dr. Ahmed Abdelrehim, Regional Programme Manager of CEDARE’s Knowledge Management Programme, and several other members of CEDARE’s impressive staff who took time out of their busy schedules to discuss ongoing sustainability efforts in the Middle East. CEDARE is focused on the intersection of economics, social development and the environment. Our meeting covered a wide range of topics, including issues of water quantity and quality, electronic waste, the upcoming Arab Environmental Outlook Report, and CEDARE’s work with the Sekem Initiative. Our meeting with the staff of CEDARE gave us eye-opening insight into the unique cultural and economic challenges that sustainability efforts face in the Middle East. I think our meeting with CEDARE will really help us with our perspective as we document such efforts in the Middle East and in developing countries around the world. Keith and I definitely have a lot to think about as we prepare our next case study.
Special thanks are due to Dr. Abdelrehim for making this meeting possible and for putting us in touch with Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany, the Associate Project Director – Sustainability at Masdar in the United Arab Emirates. We are looking forward to meeting with Dr. Al-Hosany in early December and learning more about Masdar City, the preeminent example of sustainable development in the region.