The Sana’a Center’s Yemen Environmental Bulletin publication series seeks to identify and examine the country’s critical environmental issues with evidence-based research and explore how they both impact, and are affected by, armed conflict, climate change, food and water security, economic and social development, state building, and more.
Yemen is among the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change, and also among the least prepared to mitigate or adapt to its impacts. It receives the least climate financing per capita of the world’s most vulnerable countries. Temperatures are rising in Yemen more rapidly than the global average, and water resources, agriculture and food security, coastal areas and coastal infrastructure are at risk in a country already ranked the world’s most fragile state. Climate change is projected to stymie economic recovery in any post-conflict scenario while increasingly acting as a potential conflict driver in years to come.
Despite the formidable challenges, there is only a small body of research related to current and looming environmental issues in Yemen, with the low awareness of these issues, including among policymakers, as well as the limited availability data, research and analysis, undermining the development of efficient mitigation or adaptation plans or policies.
The Yemen Environmental Bulletin seeks to redress this knowledge gap and to mobilize attention to these critical issues. These bulletins will build a research base that can be used to advocate for gender-responsive climate adaptation and mitigation strategies, policies and legislation and provide the environmental context for events such as natural disasters and water-related conflicts.