Towards an Improved Governance of Heatwaves in the MENA Region

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Abstract

Temperatures across the Middle East region are predicted to increase by 3°C by 2050
Warming will be felt more in cities because of the urban heat island (UHI) effect, causing heat-related health problems
City planning and management regimes are often disconnected from disaster risk and resilience building and legislation is lacking
Lacking data and information sharing across multiple levels of governance hamper heatwave warning systems
Urban building projects lead to a soaring demand for cooling systems
Traditional adaptations such as street grid design, wind catchers and mashrabiya screens could be used more
Policy response should include national Heat Health Action Plans that are translated into Local Heat Plans, coordinated and implemented by local governments
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAmerican University in Cairo
EditionAlternative Policy Solutions Commentary
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2022

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