MENA GBCs Meet to Collaborate and Share Initiatives

Monday 08th December 2014

On 28 October, nine of the fifteen councils in the MENA region met at the Dead Sea, Jordan. The meeting was hosted by Jordan GBC and was organised in conjunction with the Eco-Cities of the Mediterranean 2014 Forum & Expo. Representatives from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Tunisia and the UAE attended the full day meeting, which kicked-off with a roundup of GBC presentations, followed by capacity building sessions and a discussion on network-wide collaboration.

During the GBC roundup, each GBC presented on the context of their activity, their membership as well as a selection of projects that they initiated. Participants were left inspired by a number of initiatives from the region including: Jordan GBC’s Green Academy, LebanonGBC’s Arz Rating System for existing buildings, Emirates GBC’s Awards and QatarGBC’s Baytna: the first Passivhaus home in the Gulf region.

The day’s meeting was concluded with very positive energy and a discussion around network-wide collaboration. At the closing of the brainstorming session, the group agreed to focus one joint theme and effort around sustainable affordable housing.

We look forward to seeing more of this collaboration and momentum in the MENA region!

On 28 October, nine of the fifteen councils in the MENA region met at the Dead Sea, Jordan. The meeting was hosted by Jordan GBC and was organised in conjunction with the Eco-Cities of the Mediterranean 2014 Forum & Expo. Representatives from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Tunisia and the UAE attended the full day meeting, which kicked-off with a roundup of GBC presentations, followed by capacity building sessions and a discussion on network-wide collaboration.

During the GBC roundup, each GBC presented on the context of their activity, their membership as well as a selection of projects that they initiated. Participants were left inspired by a number of initiatives from the region including: Jordan GBC’s Green Academy, LebanonGBC’s Arz Rating System for existing buildings, Emirates GBC’s Awards and QatarGBC’s Baytna: the first Passivhaus home in the Gulf region.

The day’s meeting was concluded with very positive energy and a discussion around network-wide collaboration. At the closing of the brainstorming session, the group agreed to focus one joint theme and effort around sustainable affordable housing.

We look forward to seeing more of this collaboration and momentum in the MENA region!