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Environment

Through its collaborations with multiple renowned knowledge and expertise centers around the world, KFAS has supported various policy research on the environment in Kuwait. These include research on laws and policies addressing water and air pollution, climate change, land conservation and management, and wildlife protection.

Examining and Informing Public Policy to Meet the Challenge of Global Warming in Kuwait

Principal Investigators: Professor Giles Atkinson from the Department of Geography and Environ­ment at LSE, and Dr Ayele Gelan from the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research.

While the importance of metrics in assessing the sustainability of the development path a national economy is well established, the project will deepen the evidence base in Kuwait via two interrelated activities: a) construct a wealth (and natural cap­ital) account for Kuwait including a thorough country level inventory of greenhouse gas emissions, and b) develop an economy-wide model which can be used to simu­late interactions between economy-environment-society interactions. In pursuing these aims, the proposed project will build on two ongoing KFAS funded projects currently being implemented with the Economic Public Policy programme of KISR. The project will run from May 2018 to April 2020, with the following outputs: one three-day training in Kuwait for staff from stakeholder institutions, including Ku­wait’s Environmental Protection Authority, Ministry of Supreme Planning Council and Central Statistical Bureau; a stakeholder workshop in Kuwait; a policy paper synthesizing project activities in non-technical writing which will be disseminated to stakeholders and published the Programme; an international conference paper; and a referred journal publication.

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Sustaining Kuwait in Unsustainable Times

Principal Investigator: Dr Deen Sharp from the London School of Economics.

This project is dedicated to illuminating the global linkages and local specificities around the socio-economic and ecological challenge that Kuwait faces in relation to climate change. It will emphasize the specific urban challenges for Kuwaitis in relation to climate change and efforts–or lack thereof– toward sustainable urbanization. The project is aimed at listening to and illuminating Kuwaitis’ own perspective on the impact, urgency, and importance of climate change in their daily lives.

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