In collaboration with UNEP-ROWA and ISESCO, PERSGA has organized a regional training workshop on “impacts of seal level rise and coastal ecosystem based adaptations” during 6-8 January 2014 at PERSGA Headquarter in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Attended by 20 participants from the Red Sea- Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Gulf countries, the workshop joined specialists from Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, Yemen, Bahrain and United Arab together to facilitate knowledge and promote capacities on methods and tools for assessing climate change impacts on coastal areas and building resilience of key coastal habitats.
The workshop agenda included a 3-days interactive program, integrating background information, group exercises and discussions. The main training package and tool-kits covered several issues, particularly, assessing vulnerabilities of the coastal communities to impacts of sea level rise and other climate change parameters under different scenarios of exposure of coral reefs, sea-grass, mangroves, and salt marshes to such hazards. Furthermore, the training program included toolkits and strategies for strengthening resilience of mangroves and coral reefs, and implementation of coastal ecosystem based adaptation solutions. The workshop discussions were focused on issues concerning knowledge, capacities and policy gaps for vulnerability assessment and EbA planning and implementation, in addition to drawing recommendations for future capacity building and project interventions in this field. The workshop resource team included experts from PERSGA, UNEP-ROWA and the Arabian Gulf University.
The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden