Just spotted this great two-page UN fact sheet on climate change in Iraq. Though it’s not often discussed in the media, Iraq is “one of the Arab region’s most vulnerable countries to climate change.” On top of an increasingly variable climate, the country is experiencing severe water shortages and desertification from damaging farming practices and water resource mismanagement (not to mention continued political and economic instability). As the country reconstructs itself after a decade of conflict, building resilience to rapid changes in the climate will be of critical importance, and may also offer opportunities for peace-building. Watch this space.
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