MENA Sustainable Reconstruction & Urban Regeneration Guidelines

Building Resilience through Sustainable Reconstruction and Urban Regeneration in the MENA region

Urban areas and essential infrastructure across parts of the MENA region have suffered large-scale damage and destruction due to multiple, ongoing conflicts. Estimates suggest that over US$ 560 billion will be needed across the region just to repair and rebuild what was previously there in places like Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Gaza. 

Losses from the 2020 port explosion in Lebanon are estimated between US $4-5 billion, and the reconstruction costs are estimated around US $10 billion.

Jordan is currently home to around 660,000 UNHCR-registered refugees resulting in one of the fastest population increases in modern history and an urgent need for expansion of infrastructure, and the provisioning of services in a sustainable and equitable manner, especially in the energy sector. 

We have to make sure that this need for growth and recovery is coupled with sustainability and fosters long term resilience in the region. 

A sustainable built environment can deliver a multitude of benefits and it can build resilience to climate change, and for people and economies. 

We also know that there are real barriers to implementing sustainability in the built environment, particularly for communities that are already suffering the effects of climate change and other political and economic pressures. 

WorldGBC’s global strategy - Sustainable Buildings for Everyone, Everywhere, calls on us to make sure we also focus on communities that usually lack access to best practices and guidance. 

Sustainable Reconstruction Guidelines

Together with our partners UN Habitat and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and our Green Building Councils in the MENA region, WorldGBC is developing resources to support local building and construction stakeholders, ensuring that reconstruction efforts benefit from the value that sustainable buildings have to offer. 

In 2020, with our partner UN Habitat and as part of the SDG Climate Nexus Facility Project our WorldGBC MENA Regional Network began to shape the framework for a set of Sustainable Reconstruction Guidelines, identifying six important themes for the region:

  • Efficient Resource Utilisation
  • Environmental and Climate Resilience
  • Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility
  • Integrative Social and Economic Resilience
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Heritage and Identity

This initial phase also included the compilation of a comprehensive digital library of research papers and reports.

In September 2020, with the support of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and through a diverse set of local experts, we began to develop the technical details of the guidelines. 

Our goals for this work include:

  • Providing easier access to internationally and locally recognised best practices across the key themes identified above
  • Identifying local and regional gaps and delivering a call to action for stakeholders across the building value chain to work with us to address those gaps
  • Supporting local reconstruction efforts through our network of Green Building Councils and partners, providing a framework that stakeholders can report against and use as guidance 

Through our work to date on the guidelines, we can already see how important it will be to support the development of local energy benchmarks, recycling infrastructure, and local materials data, just to name a few. And so the guidelines themselves will just be the beginning of the work ahead.

Stay tuned

At WorldGBC’s 2022 Middle East and Africa Green Building Congress (week of March 7th) we will be releasing an Executive Summary Report and the Digital Guidelines, along with other implementation resources.

For more information about this project, please reach out to our Director of Engagement and Networks, Dominika Czerwinska dczerwinska@worldgbc.org

Thank you to our partners:  

 

   

 

 

Building Resilience through Sustainable Reconstruction and Urban Regeneration in the MENA region

Urban areas and essential infrastructure across parts of the MENA region have suffered large-scale damage and destruction due to multiple, ongoing conflicts. Estimates suggest that over US$ 560 billion will be needed across the region just to repair and rebuild what was previously there in places like Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Gaza. 

Losses from the 2020 port explosion in Lebanon are estimated between US $4-5 billion, and the reconstruction costs are estimated around US $10 billion.

Jordan is currently home to around 660,000 UNHCR-registered refugees resulting in one of the fastest population increases in modern history and an urgent need for expansion of infrastructure, and the provisioning of services in a sustainable and equitable manner, especially in the energy sector. 

We have to make sure that this need for growth and recovery is coupled with sustainability and fosters long term resilience in the region. 

A sustainable built environment can deliver a multitude of benefits and it can build resilience to climate change, and for people and economies. 

We also know that there are real barriers to implementing sustainability in the built environment, particularly for communities that are already suffering the effects of climate change and other political and economic pressures. 

WorldGBC’s global strategy - Sustainable Buildings for Everyone, Everywhere, calls on us to make sure we also focus on communities that usually lack access to best practices and guidance. 

Sustainable Reconstruction Guidelines

Together with our partners UN Habitat and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and our Green Building Councils in the MENA region, WorldGBC is developing resources to support local building and construction stakeholders, ensuring that reconstruction efforts benefit from the value that sustainable buildings have to offer. 

In 2020, with our partner UN Habitat and as part of the SDG Climate Nexus Facility Project our WorldGBC MENA Regional Network began to shape the framework for a set of Sustainable Reconstruction Guidelines, identifying six important themes for the region:

  • Efficient Resource Utilisation

  • Environmental and Climate Resilience

  • Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility

  • Integrative Social and Economic Resilience

  • Health and Wellbeing

  • Heritage and Identity

This initial phase also included the compilation of a comprehensive digital library of research papers and reports.

In September 2020, with the support of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and through a diverse set of local experts, we began to develop the technical details of the guidelines. 

Our goals for this work include:

  • Providing easier access to internationally and locally recognised best practices across the key themes identified above

  • Identifying local and regional gaps and delivering a call to action for stakeholders across the building value chain to work with us to address those gaps

  • Supporting local reconstruction efforts through our network of Green Building Councils and partners, providing a framework that stakeholders can report against and use as guidance 

Through our work to date on the guidelines, we can already see how important it will be to support the development of local energy benchmarks, recycling infrastructure, and local materials data, just to name a few. And so the guidelines themselves will just be the beginning of the work ahead.

Stay tuned

At WorldGBC’s 2022 Middle East and Africa Green Building Congress (week of March 7th) we will be releasing an Executive Summary Report and the Digital Guidelines, along with other implementation resources.

For more information about this project, please reach out to our Director of Engagement and Networks, Dominika Czerwinska dczerwinska@worldgbc.org

Thank you to our partners: