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Special Edition: MENA Climate Week

Greetings from Waterworth Consulting!

As we wrap up an exhilarating week at the MENA Climate Week in Riyadh, we are thrilled to share with you some of the highlights, achievements, and the path forward for Waterworth Consulting in the realm of climate action.

Our Agenda at MENA Climate Week:

1. Promoting System Thinking and Holistic Programming Practices

  • Understanding the Bigger Picture: At the heart of system thinking is the understanding that individual components of a system are interconnected and interdependent. Our team, recognising the intricacies of the MENA region's climate challenges, championed the need to view these challenges as part of a larger system. By doing so, we can identify patterns, relationships, and leverage points that might be missed in a more fragmented approach.

  • Localised Solutions: Every region has its unique socio-economic, cultural, and environmental context. Our emphasis on localised solutions stems from the understanding that generic, one-size-fits-all solutions often fall short. By tailoring interventions to the specific needs and nuances of the MENA region, we can ensure more sustainable and impactful outcomes.

  • Holistic Programming: Beyond just understanding, we are actively integrating holistic programming practices into our projects. This means considering all facets of a challenge – from socio-economic implications to environmental impacts – ensuring that our interventions are comprehensive and sustainable.

2. Collaboration and Partnerships: Our primary goal was to foster collaborations with local governments, NGOs, and businesses. We believe that a collective effort is the key to addressing climate challenges. We aim to create a collaborative ecosystem where both sectors can contribute their strengths, share risks, and co-create solutions that are both impactful and sustainable.

3. Educational Workshops: We are interested in attending several workshops aimed at educating our team on the latest climate technologies and strategies. These sessions were met with enthusiasm and sparked meaningful discussions.

Achievements & Highlights:

  1. New Partnerships: We have successfully forged connections with the US and British Embassy in Amman, and their environmental team, the EU-GCC on green transition, the French environmental ambassador, the Islamic Development Bank, the ICLEI, the Eliaa Gulf Investment, the Lebanon eco-movement, EGIS, UNICEF MENA and Emirates Green Building Council, the KSA Minister of Energy and the Jordanian Ministry Environment.

  2. Engaging the Youth: At the “Youth4Capacity – Youth Leadership in Policy Making to Accelerate Climate Action in MENA” session, we were inspired by the passion and drive of MENA Youth to take autonomy of the environmental and public issues of their respective countries.

  3. Understanding the role of collaboration between the private and public sectors: At the “UNFCCCC, Global Partnerships Forum: High-Level Philanthropic Roundatble” where we shared our view that alternative and philanthropic funding provides greater agility when tackling climate resilience issues.

A Note of Thanks:

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our partners, participants, and the organising committee of the MENA Climate Week. Your support and belief in our mission drive us to do better every day.

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Together, let's pave the way for a sustainable future!

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