Climate change challenges to be highlighted at forum

CLIMATE change challenges and their impact on water and energy will be the focus of a major conference being hosted in Bahrain next month.

The first edition of the ‘Global Water, Energy and Climate Change Congress’ will be held from September 5 to 7 at the Gulf Convention Centre, Manama.

Organised by the Oil and Environment Ministry, the three-day conference will be held under the patronage of Deputy Prime Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa.

The conference theme is ‘Water Sustainability and Energy Transition: Implications on GCC and the World’ and will bring together global leaders, experts and policy-makers to exchange experiences and best practices.

“The forum is a water and energy centric event that will mainly address the concerns over natural resources due to heavy consumption in major industries and the impacts of climate change,” stated the event’s brochure.

The conference is being seen as the ultimate platform for addressing sustainable development and integrated management of water and energy resources and promoting regional and international strategy related programmes.

More than 2,000 delegates from over 30 countries are expected to attend the congress which will feature more than 200 speakers who will take part in different plenary sessions.

The event features five keynote sessions, five leadership panel, six technical sessions, a ministerial panel session along with other activities including a youth forum and an exhibition.

The GDN reported last month that the second Voluntary National Review (VNR) 2023 that was submitted last month by a Bahraini delegation attending a high-level UN meeting in New York documented progress made by Bahrain in implementing the 2030 agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals.

It stated that Bahrain has ensured 100 per cent supply coverage of safe and affordable drinking water to all citizens and residents.

In addition, a National Water Strategy 2030 was approved to ensure that effective management and plans are in place to expand water production projects by 2027 that includes increasing reserves to more than 227,000 cubic metres per day from 114,000 cubic metres for emergency use.

Bahrain was using 195 per cent of its renewable freshwater resources in 2000. However, the water stress level dropped to 156pc in 2021 which meant it managed to reduce a fifth of its freshwater withdrawals in two decades, according to the review.

In addition, the report stated that Bahrain is committed to quadrupling the mangrove coverage across coastal areas by 2035 as part of plans to achieve net zero by 2060.




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