This report aims to provide policy makers in West Asia with insights on the trends and outlook for natural resource use and environmental impacts in the region. The report marks the first attempt of translating at regional level the methodology underlying the ‘Global Resources Outlook 2019’ (GRO 2019), to amplify the regional perspectives from the insights of the global projections.

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      Global natural resource extraction rates and material demands are on the rise due to an increasing population, higher standards of living, growing economies, and their associated investments in infrastructure.  As a result, huge pressures are exerted on the planet.

      Zooming from the global overview to the regional realities, this report is a first attempt to understand the environmental impacts of natural resource use in West Asia and the potential outlook for natural resource use and GHG emissions from 2015 to 2060 under two different scenarios: ‘Historical trends’ and a “Towards Sustainability” pathway. This information aims to form the basis for undertaking regional consultations to shape relevant and targeted policies in the region aimed at the sustainable use of resources.

      The study focuses on the 12 countries the UNEP Office for West Asia serves, namely the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Republic of Iraq, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the State of Kuwait, the Republic of Lebanon, the Sultanate of Oman, State of Palestine, State of Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Republic of Yemen.

      Suggested citation: United Nations Environment Programme (2023).Trends and Outlook of Natural Resource Use in West Asia. 


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