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The talk also highlighted how extreme heat effects public health, agriculture, biodiversity, and contributes to natural catastrophes. It covered how mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions is essential to reducing these heating effects and preventing further global warming. Dr. Salheen explained how the Cool Up programme aims to address these issues in the policy, industry, and financing spheres.

The panelists included:

  • Dr. Zeinab Salah, Researcher at the Scientific Research Department at the Egyptian Meteorological Authority
  • Dr. Mohamed Salheen, Chairperson at Integrated Development Group (IDG) / Cool Up programme
  • Dr. Marwa Dabaieh, Associate Professor at the Department of Urban Studies at Malmo University
  • Dr. Heba Allah Khalil, Professor of Sustainable Urbanism at Cairo University

The event was moderated by Lilly von Stackelberg, Coordinator at Cairo Climate Talks (CCT)

About Cairo Climate Talks

CCT is an event series that brings together experts from academia, civil society, government, policy, and the private sector to discuss different themes of climate change. It is a German-Egyptian environmental initiative launched in 2011 as a cooperation project between the German Embassy in Cairo, the Egyptian Environment Ministry, the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), and the Egyptian German High Level Joint Committee for Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Environmental Protection (JCEE).

“We [Cool Up programme] have policy and stakeholder dialogue platforms in which we cooperate with all of the players involved…and we also have a training and capacity building track embedded in the programme that works at the level of banks, the level of architects and developers, and the level of technicians and people working in the industry.”

Dr. Mohamed Salheen, Integrated Development Group

The 77th CCT hosted a discussion between experts on climate change, extreme weather, and adaptation, to explore ways local knowledge and technological advancements can come together to create a more sustainable way of adapting to the heat. Watch the recording here.