WaterMedyin: A Journey of Sustainable Development
Nov 30 2021
“The truth is: the natural world is changing. And we are totally dependent on that world. It provides our food, water, and air. It is the most precious thing we have and we need to defend it.
– David Attenborough”
In this article, Suha Hallab, Business Development Support & Investment Specialist at Berytech highlights the need to channel resources towards creating a sustainable future and a secure food system in the Mediterranean. In that context, she introduces the WaterMedyin project launched by The Mediterranean Innovation Partnership (MIP) with the collaboration of CIHEAM Bari. She details her experience coaching two Lebanese startups, Garbaliser and Smartland, under this project while sharing her insights and personal experience with its different activities.
The Need for Sustainability
Water scarcity, declining food security, and deteriorating ecosystems are fundamental challenges affecting our lives every day and threatening the future of generations to come. The world population has grown from 2.3 billion in 1937 to 7.8 billion in 2021. Carbon was at 280 parts per million in the atmosphere and the remaining wilderness was at 66%. Today, the carbon in the atmosphere is at 415 parts per million and the remaining wilderness is at approximately 23% only. These alarming facts call for a worldwide intervention to provide food for the overly-populated earth and restore the balance in the ecosystem.