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Regional Partners


Dubai Green Economy Partnership

Dubai Green Economy Partnership (DGEP) is an initiative of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of Dubai Executive Council. Inspired by the long-term national green economy strategy “Green Economy for Sustainable Development” launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai in January 2012 to position Dubai firmly among global cities leading the transition to the green economy.

The DGEP is the first multi-stakeholder partnership to promote the transition to a green and low-carbon economy in the Middle East and is driven by global public-private partnerships, collaboration and cross-sector participation.

The programmes and initiatives of the DGEP aim to enable the growth of green trade and investment, accelerate the adoption of green technologies, products and services, build capacity and co-develop projects and knowledge assets across national, regional and global markets.

The DGEP’s vision is to make Dubai a global gateway for green investment and trade by supporting the transition to a green economy through collaboration and innovation. The partnership’s goals include effectively contributing to the sustainable and green growth of Dubai and UAE economies; enabling the growth of green trade and investment in regional markets; and accelerating the adoption of green technologies, products and services worldwide.

Founding members:

  • Dubai Supreme Council of Energy
  • Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
  • Dubai Roads and Transport Authority
  • Dubai Municipality
  • Department of Economic Development, Dubai
  • TECOM Science Cluster (ENPARK - DUBIOTECH)
  • S.S. Lootah Group
  • Pacific Controls
  • Dubai Carbon Center of Excellence
  • Etihad Energy Services


Arab Forum for Environment and Development

The Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) is a not-for-profit regional non-governmental organisation, grouping experts together with civil society, the business community and media, to promote prudent environmental policies and programmes across the Arab region. While it maintains its character as a non-governmental organisation, the AFED admits, in the capacity of observers, national, regional and international bodies working in the fields of environment and sustainable development.

The AFED was officially proclaimed in Beirut on June 17, 2006, at the conclusion of a regional conference on public opinion and the environment, organised by Al-Bia Wal-Tanmia (Environment and Development) magazine. The initiative, which started in 2001 as an informal gathering of the magazine’s region-wide readers, was established as a regional organisation on the occasion of its 10th anniversary. The AFED has subsequently earned the status of international non-governmental organisation, with the associated immunities for its secretariat based in Beirut.
The AFED has been endorsed by the League of Arab States (LAS) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It will work to bring together all parties concerned with environment and development in the Arab world to discuss regional and national issues related to the environment, in view of local and global changes, emphasising the pivotal role of civil society and the private sector. It groups regional environmental organisations and experts with leading academic institutions, media and the business community, on common debate grounds to further the cause of environment and sustainable development.

The main goals of the AFED are the following:

  • Propagating environmental awareness by means of supporting the role of environmental education and information and of non-governmental organisations active in the field of environment.
  • Bringing together those who are concerned about issues pertaining to environment and development in Arab countries, in order to discuss regional and national problems in the light of changing conditions, and help to better resolve environment and development challenges.
  • Encouraging Arab societies towards the protection of the environment, the rational utilisation of natural resources, and the realisation of sustainable development through the positive interaction of planners, decision makers, the business community, civil society, media, and others interested in environmental and developmental issues.



EDAMA is a Jordanian Business Association that seeks innovative solutions for energy and water independence and productivity as well as their positive reflection on the environment. EDAMA strives to advance Jordan’s movement towards a green economy via creating a vibrant new economic sector of energy businesses; driving applied research, developing and commercializing Jordanian and regional technologies; building public awareness; and advocating for policies that will make Jordan a model of energy efficiency, water conservation, and environmental stewardship. EDAMA is the first of its kind in Jordan, as it provides a platform for a large number of public, private and NGO sector representatives to discuss the future development of the EWE sector in Jordan with particular emphasis on renewable energy. EDAMA was created to raise awareness and inspire action amongst all Jordanians – and the population within the Arab region – towards a green and sustainable future.