Green MENA

Climate change and environmental challenges are among the most important issues determining the future of the MENA region, and Europe’s relationship with the MENA. Issues like water management and pollution are directly related to a lack of economic perspectives and conflict.

For European stakeholders it may be challenging to identify and connect with local initiatives and partners in the Middle East and North Africa. Therefore, in 2019, the Greater Middle East Platform initiated a mapping project, aimed at identifying sustainable actors across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. We called it the Green MENA Network. It includes individuals, organisations, businesses and initiatives working towards a sustainable world. Our database currently contains details and contact information of more than 700 activists, NGOs, entrepreneurs and researchers from the whole region.

Besides a number of thematic (water, media/environment, youth/climate) and regional (Mediterranean, Mesopotamian) networks, there is no MENA-wide interdisciplinary network that connects green entrepreneurs, activists and NGOs. Our network-partners confirm with us the benefits of such a network. They also agree that an independent organisation like GMOP can provide a bridge to Europe. GMOP, as a European outsider, can support the active role of local Green MENA network colleagues in the global discussions, and help connect various stakeholders.

We are encouraged and motivated by the remarkable initiatives taken by countless bottom-up green actors from Morocco to Egypt, from Gulf countries to Iraq. To get an idea about their work, read our articles or watch some the videos on our YouTube channel.

Our objectives the Green MENA Network-project are:

  • to establish green partnerships for Dutch aid and trade stakeholders.
  • to support knowledge exchange and collaborations among network partners in the region itself.
  • to listen to our partners and understand their environmental priorities for the region.

GMOP will continue to develop the database to include more initiatives and people. At the same time, we implement activities that encourage the exchange of knowledge and collaboration between members of the Green MENA network. In all our events, we collaborate with MENA-based organisations.

If you are a green, sustainable organisation, entrepreneur, researcher or activist from one of the MENA countries, and want to be included in the network, please reach out to us.

If you are a European organisation, policy maker, business or activist and want to get in touch with green actors in the Middle East or North Africa, also reach out to us!

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