Chronicle of the Middle East and North Africa

Climate Action in the Middle East and North Africa

A man walks past a stream polluted by an oil spill near the village of Sukayriyah, in the countryside south of Rumaylan (Rmeilan) in Syria’s Kurdish-controlled northeastern Hasakeh province, on July 19, 2020. – Oil pollution in Syria has become a growing concern since the 2011 onset of a civil war that has taken a toll on oil infrastructure and seen rival powers compete over control of key hydrocarbon fields. In the Kurdish-held northeast, a large storage facility in the Rmeilan oil field in Hasakeh province is of particular concern, with leaks from the Gir Zero storage facility have been suspected since at least 2014, and the latest just in March 2020. (Photo by DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP)


Today, the earth is threatened by pollution and climate change and also the public opinion in the Middle East and North Africa is debating how to face the climate crisis.

The region is in fact most affected, not only because of intensive oil extraction but also because of water scarcity, desertification and periodic floods. In addition corruption, lack of infrastructure and political mismanagement aggravate the environmental crisis.

Fanack’s file on Environment offers insight on major polluting factors and the political responsibility of governments and societies toward the environment.

Our mission is to offer a worthwhile contribution to the publication of balanced background up-to-date information on the topic from an Arab perspective.

Latest Publications

Below are the latest articles related to the environment of the region. Please check the side navigation menu to learn more about specific Middle-Eastern and North-African environments.