Capacity Building and Validation Workshop held in the UAE to Assess Adaptation to Climate Change in the Health Sector

On March 28-29, the GGGI UAE team in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) held a capacity building and validation workshop on risk assessment and climate change adaptation for the health sector. The two-day event in Dubai gathered around 60 representatives of public health authorities, research centers, and other health-related entities to learn about climate risk assessment in the UAE.

The expected outcomes of the event:

  • Enhance the knowledge about the linkages of climate change and public health in the UAE context
  • Improve understanding about the UAE’s state of public health adaptation, including the gaps and potential solutions
  • Obtain feedback to validate the climate risk assessment conducted for the UAE health sector
  • Discuss the implementation of the identified adaptation actions

The workshop forms part of the National Climate Change Adaptation Program, launched in 2017 to implement the National Climate Change Plan 2017-2050. In partnership with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the program focuses on four sectors that are economically important but highly vulnerable to climate change. These include health, energy, infrastructure, and the environment. More sectors will be covered in the long term.

The first day of the workshop focused on public health adaptation to climate change at the global level, specifically the linkages between public health and climate change as well as the global practices on risk assessment and public health adaptation. On the second day, an interactive discussion was held on the risk assessment results for health and the identification of potential adaptation measures.

The assessment forms the basis for identifying adaptation measures. The identified options will be prioritized in consultation with stakeholders and experts at a later stage.

Click here to read the press release issued by the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE).