At the Eye on Earth Summit 2015, A session organized by CEDARE and moderated by IUCN ROWA introduced some of the success stories that were achieved throughout the region.
The Arab Civil Society are considered a main actor among all different stakeholders. It has been proven, over the years, that they can play a significant role serving their local communities due to their abilities not only to reach all segments of society, expecially marganilized segments, but also to act as the voice of all those segments, especially in relation to the most important global environmental issues and their linkage to the national priorities, in addition to urgent national environmental challenges.
The session demonstrated civil society experiences and case studies with respect to Eye on Earth various special initiatives. Participating institutions, NGOs and organizations explored the potential roles for civil societies to assist decision and policy makers to improve environmental decision making process through reliable data collected by civil society. It also discussed the crucial role the civil society can play in data dissemination and verification, its role in executing credible and transparent assessments and monitoring and its involvement in global environmental governance.