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Food in an uncertain future

This report sets out the risks to food security in the Middle East and North Africa from climate change, and how these vulnerabilities interact with other key trends and sources of risk.

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Mitigation: Kuwait has committed to moving to a lower carbon equivalent economy to avoid emissions increasing as a result of future development. Activities to facilitate this low carbon transition include improving petroleum products through increasing clean fuel, replacing the states old refinery, energy production from waste and renewable sources, and mass transit projects. Adaptation: Kuwait has five main adaption priorities. The first is addressing the vulnerability of coastal zones to climate change by developing a coastal information systems to predict sea level rise and support strategic coastal planning. Adapting to increasingly likely sandstorms will involve decreasing the amount of open desert, and increasing the amount of green belts and protected areas. This may also include addressing food insecurity by increasing Kuwait's domestic agricultural production. To address significant household electricity use for cooling, Kuwait will adapt to rising temperatures by implementing district cooling systems. Finally Kuwait will adapt to increasing water scarcity by increasing the efficiency of producing and using water. Kuwait will require significant support from other nations and organizations to achieve its mitigation and adaptation goals. International Climate and Environmental Commitments: The Paris Agreement (Party), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Party), Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Party), United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (Party), Convention on Biological Diversity (Party), Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (Party), Convention on Wetlands of International Importance Especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Party)

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Kuwait's NDC-SDG Connections

Kuwait is a coastally urbanized, water-stressed, country. As a result of climate change and sea level rise it is at increased risk of desertification, sandstorms, drought, and flooding. Coastal ecosystems and infrastructure, as well as water availability, are major concerns. Kuwait is already very dependent on the desalination of sea water which can be quite energy intensive and damaging to coastal ecosystems, the need for desalinated water will increases with rainfall variability from climate change and it will exacerbate the impacts of other climate change challenges like sea level rise and vegetation loss. Kuwait's economy is based in petroleum production and export, falling oil prices related to global mitigation efforts would worsen existing development challenges related to the supply of basic provisions and opportunities for the country's growing population.

 

 

International Commitments and Reporting

Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)

Nationally Determined Contribution Under the Paris Agreement - https://www4.unfccc.int/sites/NDCStaging/pages/Party.aspx?party=KWT

NDC Monitoring and Reporting

World Bank Country Factsheet on Intended NDCs - http://spappssecext.worldbank.org/sites/indc/PDF_Library/KW.pdf
World Bank’s Climate Knowledge Portal - https://climateknowledgeportal.worldbank.org/country/kuwait
ClimateWatch Profile - https://www.climatewatchdata.org/countries/KWT
NDC Partnership Page - http://ndcpartnership.org/countries-map/country?iso=KWT

SDG Voluntary National Review

2019 Voluntary National Review - https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/memberstates/kuwait

National SDG Monitoring and Reporting

World Bank Overview - https://www.worldbank.org/en/country/gcc
UNDP's Open SDG Data Hub - http://unstats-undesa.opendata.arcgis.com/

NDCs and SDGs

Mapping of NDC-SDG Connections - https://klimalog.die-gdi.de/ndc-sdg/country/KWT

NDCs, SDGs, and Climate Change

NDC Partnership Dashboard on NDCs and relation to the SDGs and Climate Change Vulnerability - http://ndcpartnership.org/climate-watch/ndcs-sdg

Emissions Data

Kuwait does not currently have a dynamic online emissions tracking platform, but recent emissions information can be found here - https://unfccc.int/documents/198624

Sendai and Hyogo Frameworks

Sendai Framework Data Readiness Review Report - https://www.preventionweb.net/english/policies/v.php?id=53141&cid=92
Natural Disasters in the Middle East and North Africa: A Regional Overview - http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/211811468106752534/pdf/816580WP0REPLA0140same0box00PUBLIC0.pdf

National Coordination and Reporting

National Appropriate Mitigation Actions

No Action to date - https://www4.unfccc.int/sites/PublicNAMA/SitePages/Country.aspx?CountryId=92

National Action Plans

The World Bank reports Kuwait has developed a National Strategy and Action Plan (NSAP) for long term greenhouse gas mitigation, but it is not publicly accessible.
Environmental management is in the purview of the Kuwait EPA - https://epa.org.kw/

National Strategies Related to International Mechanisms

National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan -https://www.cbd.int/doc/world/kw/kw-nbsap-v2-ar.pdf

National Regulations/Policies

Kuwait Vision 2035 - http://www.newkuwait.gov.kw/
Law No. 42 of 2014 on Environmental Protection - https://www.ilo.org/dyn/natlex/natlex4.detail?p_lang=en&p_isn=99818
Law No 21/1995 Kuwait Environment Public Authority. Further amended: Law No 16/1996 - http://www.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute/law/law-no-21-1995-kuwait-environment-public-authority-further-amended-law-no-16-1996/
Kuwait Renewable Energy Target - https://www.iea.org/policiesandmeasures/pams/kuwait/name-157557-en.php
Innovative Renewable Energy Research Program - https://www.iea.org/policiesandmeasures/pams/kuwait/name-46867-en.php
National Renewable Resource Assessment Mapping - https://www.iea.org/policiesandmeasures/pams/kuwait/name-46868-en.php
Energy Conservation Code of Practice - http://www.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute/law/energy-conservation-code-of-practice-r-6/
Renewable Energy Building and Site Integration - https://www.iea.org/policiesandmeasures/pams/kuwait/name-46870-en.php

National Platform

Project Progress Towards Vision 2035 Sustainable Living Environment - http://www.newkuwait.gov.kw/r7.aspx

Reviews of National Legislation and Policy

London School of Economics: National Climate Legislation - http://www.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute/country-profiles/kuwait/

Financing

Key Areas of Climate Investment

Financing for engagement with multilateral environmental programming and reporting - https://www.thegef.org/project/enabling-kuwait-prepare-its-second-national-communication-snc-and-biennial-update-report-bur
Financing for monitoring national water resources - https://www.isdb.org/projects/data/uid-pj0016499
Financing for improving the efficiency, and reducing the emissions, from petroleum production - https://www.worldbank.org/en/programs/gasflaringreduction - https://www.knpc.com/en/strategic-projects/clean-fuel-project-cfp

Selected Relevant Sources of Climate Related Funding

Climate Funds Update - https://climatefundsupdate.org/data-dashboard/#1541245745457-d3cda887-f010
OECD Climate Change - https://www.oecd.org/env/cc/
OECD Investment for Green Growth - https://www.oecd.org/environment/green.htm

Multilateral Funders

Kuwait receives climate funding from the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility, and the Islamic Development Bank, among others.

Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning

Vulnerability/Adaptation Capacity Data

Notre Dame's Global Adaptation Initiative Vulnerability/Readiness Climate Change Index - https://gain.nd.edu/our-work/country-index/
Biodiversity and climate change in Kuwait - https://www.researchgate.net/publication/235314644_Biodiversity_and_climate_change_in_Kuwait
Environmental Performance Index - https://epi.envirocenter.yale.edu/

Natural Disaster/Hazards

PreventionWeb - https://www.preventionweb.net/english/countries/asia/kwt/

Energy Supply and Demand

The Kuwait Energy Outlook - https://www.sei.org/featured/kuwait-releases-first-ever-energy-outlook/
Key Energy Statistics - https://www.iea.org/countries/Kuwait/

Land Use

Land-Use Mapping for the State of Kuwait using the Geographical Information System (GIS) - https://www.researchgate.net/publication/262347395_Land-use_mapping_for_the_State_of_Kuwait_using_the_Geographical_Information_System_GIS

Economic Development/Quality of Life and Livelihoods

Prospects for Climate Change Integration into the GCC Economic Diversification Strategies - http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/86873/1/Al-Sarihi_Prospects%20for%20climate%20change_2018.pdf

Summaries of Programming and Priorities

Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment in Kuwait's Second National Communication - https://unfccc.int/sites/default/files/resource/94235106_Kuwait-NC2-2-KUWAIT%20SNC%20%20final%20v2.pdf

Case Studies

Islamic Development Bank Reports

IsDB Country Page - https://www.isdb.org/kuwait

Climate, Climate Change, and Environmental Data

Natural Disaster/Hazards Data

ThinkHazard - http://thinkhazard.org/en/report/137-kuwait

Energy Supply and Demand Data

Renewable Energy Mapping - http://resourceirena.irena.org/gateway/countrySearch/?countryCode=KWT

Land Use Data

FAOStat - http://www.fao.org/faostat/en/

Weather/Meteorological Data

World Meteorological Organization Profile - https://cpdb.wmo.int/kuwait

<span class="isdb-tag">Water Desalination</span> <span class="isdb-tag"> Desertification</span> <span class="isdb-tag"> Hydrometeorological Hazards</span> <span class="isdb-tag"> Wind Power</span> <span class="isdb-tag"> Solar Power</span> <span class="isdb-tag"> Food Insecurity</span> <span class="isdb-tag"> Gas Flaring</span> <span class="isdb-tag"> Coastal Management and Planning</span> <span class="isdb-tag"> Sustainable Transport</span> <span class="isdb-tag"> Water Scarcity</span> <span class="isdb-tag"> Energy and Extractive Sector </span>

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