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Iraq

TOTAL POPULATION

35 million YEAR 2014

CO2 EMISSIONS

168,400 kt COUNTRY, YEAR 2014

2,593,200 kt Middle East and North Africa, YEAR 2014

“To reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2035 from a business as usual scenario.”

PARIS AGREEMENT TARGET

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Gozo Biova donated € 10 to Program to Combat Deforestation and desert advance in Niger . Elizabet Zhivkova donated € 200 to Help Build a Sustainable Art Community in Ghana . Microplastics: Macroproblems donated € 190 to In Your Face . Robby Block donated € 200 to In Your Face . Kanfideni Raissa donated € 10 to Program to Combat Deforestation and desert advance in Niger . Laurent Cousinier donated € 100 to Help Small Forest Owners in France Maintain Their Land . Rolf Jansen donated € 150 to Help Facilitate Coexistence Between Elephants and Small Holders in Sabah . Thomas Kerby donated € 150 to Help Facilitate Coexistence Between Elephants and Small Holders in Sabah . thomas kerby donated € 170 to Bringing Back Forests In Kenya . Carsten Roland donated € 10 to Empower Female Farmers in Nigeria with Solar-Powered Drying Tents . Carsten Roland donated € 10 to Empower Female Farmers in Nigeria with Solar-Powered Drying Tents . Carsten Roland donated € 10 to Empower Female Farmers in Nigeria with Solar-Powered Drying Tents . Carsten Roland donated € 10 to Empower Female Farmers in Nigeria with Solar-Powered Drying Tents . Carsten Roland donated € 10 to Empower Female Farmers in Nigeria with Solar-Powered Drying Tents . Afrodita Bojadjieva donated € 10 to Bringing Back Forests In Kenya . Alina Iakovleva donated € 15 to Bringing Back Forests In Kenya . Nathan Bonnisseau donated € 5 to In Your Face . Sara Snaell donated € 1,000 to In Your Face . Sara Snaell donated € 1,000 to In Your Face . Sara Snaell donated € 1,000 to Recycled Electronics for German School Children . Abhijit Agarwal donated € 25 to Recycled Electronics for German School Children . Zero Waste Event donated € 78 to Promote Public Health in Mozambique through Safe Waste Management . Pub Quiz Event donated € 398 to Provide Eco-Friendly Stoves to Indigenous Guatemalans . Cocktails for the Planet Event donated € 1,594 to Help Rwandan Cities Control Waste and Stay Clean . Transmodernity Event donated € 113 to Empower and Facilitate the Youth Climate Change Movement in Iraq . Plan A E-Waste Event donated € 172 to Recycled Electronics for German School Children . Robby Block donated € 500 to Help an Indian Youth Organization Keep the Ocean Clean . Albrecht Schrader donated € 100 to Bringing Back Forests In Kenya . Albrecht Schrader donated € 100 to Help Lesotho Develop a Solar Energy System . Albrecht Schrader donated € 100 to Help Lesotho Develop a Solar Energy System . Konstantinos Dimitriadis donated € 5 to Help Build Eco-Friendly Homes for Rural Communities in India . Manon Steiner donated € 15 to Help Rwandan Cities Control Waste and Stay Clean . Bart van den Heuvel donated € 25 to Recycled Electronics for German School Children . Prateek Gogineni donated € 30 to Promote Clean Agroforestry in Rural India . Lluis Mateu donated € 50 to Bringing Back Forests In Kenya . Renato Anselmi Ricci donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Donal O‘Byrne donated € 1,300 to E-waste Race Germany . Kiki Beck donated € 20 to E-waste Race Germany . Donal O‘Byrne donated € 1,500 to E-waste Race Germany . Farah Piryeva donated € 200 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles . Ruggero Lambertini donated € 75 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Iren Dikova donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Vladimir Topencharov donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Vladimir Topencharov donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Luke Farrelly donated € 120 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Andrey Bankovski donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Kalina Zhechkova donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Anton Batchvarov donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Stivian Valchev donated € 35 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Tatyana Mitkova donated € 30 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers .

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CLIMATE SIGNIFICANCE

For several decades now, the Middle East and especially Iraq, has been enduring a severe water crisis. The climate crisis this region is facing has been pointed as one of the main drivers of the Arab Springs and the Syrian Civil War. 

Desertification in the west of the country is rampant. The desert accounts for about a third of the country’s territory and progressing. The historically low levels of rivers, reservoirs and lakes in Iraq has put additional pressures on slow-to-recharge aquifers. Not only is their access harder, but the overstretching of this resource has caused an increased salinity of soils and a sharp drop in the fertility of lands. 

The situation is dire and has already amounted to violent conflict and disenfranchisement. The entire Middle-Eastern region needs to ramp up its climate resilience because the problem is not going away. As one of the leaders in oil production, it will take a long effort to transition from a fossil-powered economy to a sustainable one. Almost 90% of its total GHG emissions come from the sector of fossil fuel extraction. 

Iraq, one of the places of invention of agriculture, can barely provide for its own population. If it cannot have food security and export its grain, the entire region will suffer from it. Land-use change in Iraq has become a net carbon sink, meaning that the land is being used more for sustainable purposes than it is being developed for carbon-intensive activities.

Iraq has taken an ambitious stance regarding the Paris Agreement targets. Only 3% are conditioned by foreign aid despite their clear need for reconstruction. Iraq is an ambitious country with the will to achieve large and fast change. With the right help (yours), they will flourish once again. 

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DATA INSIGHTS

Iraq is an upper-middle-income country according to the World Bank classification.  To get a sense of Iraq’s position in the fight against climate change, it is vital to observe its history of carbon emissions and exposure to climate risk. The following plots provide an overview of Iraq’s historic greenhouse gas emissions in perspective with global emission levels, as well as the country’s relative vulnerability and preparedness to climate change.

Iraq Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Iraq’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change since 1990

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Iraq Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Iraq’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change since 1990

Iraq Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Iraq Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

Iraq’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

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Iraq Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

Iraq’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

Iraq Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)
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