The Arabian Gulf University (AGU) recently participated in the preparation of a chapter titled "Environment and Sustainability in GCC Countries", which is part of a joint GCC book titled "Sustainability in the Gulf".
AGU's contribution to the book, which was authored by Dr Omar Al Shehabi and Dr Mohamed Al Rayes, was made by Head of the Geoinformatics Department in the College of Graduated Studies Dr Sabah Al Jenaid, CGS's Urban Planning Professor Dr Ahmed Al Kholei and Researcher Ghadeer Kadhem.
The book comes within a series titled "The Gulf Between Fixed and Variables", which is a series of annual publications issued by the Gulf Centre for Development Policies, and it addresses the most important issues facing GCC countries from the perspective of chronic political, economic, security, and demographic imbalances.
The series is based in its editions on the contributions of researchers, specialists and interested people from GCC states, based on the principle that the people of the region are concerned with the consequences of what happens to them, as they are united by the unity of the land and fate.
The paper version of the book was published on March 24, 2021, in cooperation between the Gulf Centre for Development Policies and the Centre for Arab Unity Studies.
It is worth mentioning that the Gulf Centre for Development Policies is based in Kuwait and it is an independent studies centre that studies the policies, institutions and performance of GCC states.
As for the Centre for Arab Unity Studies, it is based in Beirut, Lebanon, and it is a documentary centre that is concerned with Arab issues and offers solutions to them through holding seminars, conferences and special studies that concentrates on Arab countries and the challenges they face, and sheds light on political and economic, developmental, educational, intellectual and philosophical studies.
The Environment and Sustainability in GCC Countries chapter consisted of an initial overview of the state of the environment in GCC countries using the available international, regional and national reports, and addressed the impact of human activities as drivers and pressures that lead to shifts in the state of the environment that may threaten the chances of sustainability of some resources.
The chapter also documented the effects of shifts in the state of the environment and reviewed the efforts of GCC countries to face the escalating environmental challenges.
In the same context, researchers have emphasised that consumerism in the Gulf society is one of the most important factors that threaten the sustainability of development, and that GCC countries have realised that human development is the gateway to reshape the behaviour of the individual.
Therefore, GCC governments have invested in the education and health sectors, while empowering women and youth and diversifying the economic base, in order to prepare the Gulf society for a future after oil.