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Over the past 10 years, the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) reports have identified the state of Arab environment in all its aspects and proposed solutions that have contributed to endorsing numerous environmental policies in the region.What are the most important environmental challenges in the Arab world, and how can the necessary programs be funded?The shift to sustainable agricultural practices is expected to yield savings in Arab countries of around 5 percent to 6 percent of the GDP, or about $100 billion annually, as a result of increased water productivity, improved public health and better protection of resources.Fulfilling the environmental content of the sustainable development goals in Arab countries requires $230 billion annually. AFED report on financing sustainable development has found that the funding gap in Arab countries with deficit is $100 billion annually. Creating an environment conducive to investment and providing confidence in national development plans and mechanisms, under the banner of law, justice and political stability, are two necessary conditions to achieve the sustainable development goals as set forth in the 2030 Agenda.
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