Habib N. El-Habr

Habib N. El-Habr is Director and Regional Representative of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for West Asia. He joined UNEP in 1988, becoming Deputy Chief of the Freshwater Unit in Nairobi and Deputy Director of the UNEP International Environment Technology Center in Japan. Dr. El-Habr worked as a water research specialist at the National Scientific Research Council in France. He has a long experience in coastal and marine management, waste-water management, and environmental health and assessment.

The Arab region, for the most part, is characterized by dry, harsh climatic conditions and associated scarce water resources. The average annual rainfall is less than 250 mm in 70 per cent of the region and less than 100 mm in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.