The Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) is a regional not-for-profit, non-governmental, membership-based organization headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon, with the status of international organization. Since 2007, AFED has been a public forum for influential eco-advocates. During five years, it has become a major dynamic player in the environmental arena. The flagship contribution of AFED is an annual report written and edited by experts on the state of Arab environment, tracking developments and proposing policy measures.
Other initiatives include a regional Corporate Environmental Responsibility (CER) program, Arab Green Economy Initiative (AGEI), capacity building for Arab civil society organizations, public awareness, and environmental education.
AFED enjoys an observer member status with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the League of Arab States (LAS), and many other regional and international organizations and conventions. As an Arab think-tank, it has played a major role in international negotiations on environment and development, including advising governments and regional organizations, on matters such as climate change, green economy and sustainable development.
Arab Green Economy Initiative
In May 2009, AFED launched the Arab Green Economy Initiative (AGEI), designed to facilitate the transition of governments and businesses towards more environment-friendly practices. The AGEI covers: Public Policy Recommendations, Economics of Eco-system Investing, Corporate Environmental Responsibility (CER), New Business Models and Sustainability, Product Stewardship Workshops, Sustainability Reporting, and Web-based Consumer Education. AFED carried out workshops for stakeholders in seven Arab countries to kick-start the AGEI program and select priorities.
The 2011 report Green Economy: Sustainable Transition in a Changing Arab World was one component of the initiative. Other components are 2 handbooks which AFED produced and are in use across the region, on: Water Efficiency, which is a practical guide, providing tips on achieving better sensible use of water in buildings and Energy Efficiency, which is designed to help better environmental housekeeping in office buildings.