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Pathways for a Sustainable Future

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submitted on 2023-09-10, 11:00 and posted on 2023-09-17, 11:57 authored by Leslie A. Pal, Reem Al-Hababi, Logan Cochrane

The strategic vision of the State of Qatar seeks to pursue development while aiming for a balanced approach to the social, human, economic, and environmental pillars of the vision. The legal and governance mechanisms supporting this transition are only effective when implemented, and can be hindered by limited access to data for decision-making. In the last decade, significant changes have taken place, catalyzed by commitments made to host the FIFA World Cup 2022 as well as innovations led by the Qatar Foundation. Yet, as a country with heavy reliance on hydrocarbon resources, the transition toward a more sustainable future involves trade-offs, the options for which present different pathways (from pragmatic to transformative). Climate change will present significant challenges for Qatar, including sea level rise and increasing temperatures, but also impacts on terrestrial and marine biodiversity. Domestically, key areas of the economy (energy, water, food, urban development, waste management) require integrated, systems approaches for moving toward greater sustainability. This future needs to be enabled by new ways of teaching and learning as well as new ways of thinking about and doing business. Not all issues could be covered in this collection (most notably, transportation, heating and cooling systems, desalination, health, and air quality, among others). However, this book has provided a wealth of evidence on diverse subjects, and this concluding chapter brings these diverse options and recommendations together.

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Published in: Sustainable Qatar : Social, Political and Environmental Perspectives
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  • English


Springer Singapore

Publication Year

  • 2022

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  • Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  • College of Public Policy - HBKU
  • Qatar University
  • College of Arts and Science - QU

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