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Mauritania

The Islamic Republic of Mauritania is a Western African country, one of the crossroads that dot the largest desert in the world, the Sahara. It shares borders with Senegal, Mali, Algeria and Morocco, via the contested territory of Western Sahara. It is a huge desert country about as vast as Egypt or Colombia, measuring at about 1 million km². 


Originally populated by the Berber tribes that migrated South and towards the coast as the Sahara was expanding, Mauritania is home to a diverse range of cultures and its population claims origins from as far Yemen. Mauritania is still very influenced by the Berber and Touareg cultures that have lived in the desert for thousands of years.


90% of Mauritanian land is part of the Sahara desert, considerably influencing the country’s identity, economy and social fabric. One of the most notable geographical curiosities in Mauritania is the ‘Eye of the Desert', a prominent geological feature visible from space. 


Mauritania became part of the French Afrique Occidentale colony grouping in 1920. The hard resistance posed by nomadic tribes postponed French domination but was not able to repeal it altogether. The country became peacefully independent in 1960, joining the United Nations the following year.


Since then, it has been struggling with political transitions, all but one the results of a coup or an insurrection. The evolving climatic, geographical and social landscape of Western Africa has turned Mauritania into a valuable ally of occidental powers, acting as the backstop (or anvil) against which insurgent terrorist groups are pushed from other Sahelo-Saharan countries. 


Mauritania is still looking for development outlets to integrate the international economy. Its large territory contains natural resources, such as a wealth of iron ore and copper, but they have proven very complicated to exploit due to the harshness of its environment. 


TOTAL POPULATION

4.1 million YEAR 2014

CO2 EMISSIONS

2,700 kt COUNTRY, YEAR 2014

822,800 kt Sub-Saharan Africa, YEAR 2014

“A reduction of 22% of GHG emissions compared to a business as usual scenario.”

PARIS AGREEMENT TARGET

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CLIMATE SIGNIFICANCE

Mauritania is already well placed to speak about the damages caused by climate change. Desertification and the devastating 1970s droughts of the Sahel have deeply reshaped the country, causing social tensions, population displacement and widespread famine.

Desertification and desiccation are two of the greatest problems caused by climate change. Available water is rapidly becoming depleted in many regions of the world. As a result of excessive deforestation or grazing, deserts have progressed and sometimes replaced formerly green and fertile areas. 

To remedy these looming menaces, an alliance of countries started planting a vast forest dubbed the Great Green Wall to circumscribe the progress of the Sahelo-Saharan sand. 4,750 miles of drought-resistant, climate change combating trees. It’s hoped the foliage can reduce soil erosion and slow wind speeds. 

As the population is re-settling and re-grouping in population centres, oases and ancient travel routes disappear under the effects of siroccos and the relentless sun of the torrid zone. 

Mauritanians are well aware of the changing nature of the environment. Barkhans, crescent-shaped dunes, can move as fast as 50 m per year, and villages can disappear in the course of a couple of years. In Mauritania, nothing is forever.


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DATA INSIGHTS

Mauritania is classified as a low-income country by the World Bank. To understand Mauritania’s position in the fight against climate change, it is useful to observe its history of carbon emissions and exposure to climate risk. The following plots provide an overview of Mauritania’s historic greenhouse gas emissions in perspective with global emission levels, as well as the country’s relative vulnerability and preparedness to climate change.

Mauritania Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Mauritania’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change from 1990

This plot combines 3 pieces of information measured from 1990 - 2012: The bar chart indicates the volume of the country’s GHG emissions, the dotted line shows the variation of this volume compared to the baseline 1990, and the full line presents the same variation, but globally.


Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and fluorocarbons are the main drivers of global warming. Between 1990 and 2012, the world’s emissions grew by 40%.


From 1990 to 2000, Mauritania’s emissions increased by 100%. This was mainly driven by increased emissions from crop and livestock production. In Mauritania, the agricultural sector is responsible for the largest share (90%) of the country’s emissions, mainly due to pasture and herding. The expansion of agricultural activities and production through slash-and-burn farming is also one of the major sources of Mauritania’s emissions. 


Despite a strong growth in emissions, Mauritania made a small contribution to 2012 GHG emissions in Sub-Saharan Africa. However, there is still room for improvement. Changes in farming practices such as improving manure management and developing sustainable agriculture systems still present a challenge in the future but will reduce the country’s emissions. (Source: WRI, 2018; World bank, 2018)


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Mauritania Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Mauritania’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change from 1990

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This plot combines 3 pieces of information measured from 1990 - 2012: The bar chart indicates the volume of the country’s GHG emissions, the dotted line shows the variation of this volume compared to the baseline 1990, and the full line presents the same variation, but globally.


Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and fluorocarbons are the main drivers of global warming. Between 1990 and 2012, the world’s emissions grew by 40%.


From 1990 to 2000, Mauritania’s emissions increased by 100%. This was mainly driven by increased emissions from crop and livestock production. In Mauritania, the agricultural sector is responsible for the largest share (90%) of the country’s emissions, mainly due to pasture and herding. The expansion of agricultural activities and production through slash-and-burn farming is also one of the major sources of Mauritania’s emissions. 


Despite a strong growth in emissions, Mauritania made a small contribution to 2012 GHG emissions in Sub-Saharan Africa. However, there is still room for improvement. Changes in farming practices such as improving manure management and developing sustainable agriculture systems still present a challenge in the future but will reduce the country’s emissions. (Source: WRI, 2018; World bank, 2018)


Mauritania Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

Mauritania’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

This graph ranks a country’s climate performance by measuring its readiness (x-axis) and its vulnerability (y-axis). Both are measured from 0 - 1 (1 being the most ready or most vulnerable). This index combines indicators of a country’s exposure to climate change and others that measure the country’s potential to withstand those shocks. 


Each dot in this plot represents a country. The countries in most urgent situations are on the top left of the graph whilst the most resilient ones stand at the bottom right. 


Mauritania is categorised as a country with high vulnerability to climate change impacts and a low level of adaptation capacity. Mauritania’s food and health sectors show the highest vulnerability to climate change. Caused by an increasing intensity of droughts, crop yields are likely to decrease, and this makes Mauritania face food insecurity in the future. Due to extreme weather events, the health impacts of climate change, such as malnutrition and waterborne diseases, are also expected to increase in Mauritania. (Source: ND-GAIN, 2018)


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Mauritania Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

Mauritania’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

graph

This graph ranks a country’s climate performance by measuring its readiness (x-axis) and its vulnerability (y-axis). Both are measured from 0 - 1 (1 being the most ready or most vulnerable). This index combines indicators of a country’s exposure to climate change and others that measure the country’s potential to withstand those shocks. 


Each dot in this plot represents a country. The countries in most urgent situations are on the top left of the graph whilst the most resilient ones stand at the bottom right. 


Mauritania is categorised as a country with high vulnerability to climate change impacts and a low level of adaptation capacity. Mauritania’s food and health sectors show the highest vulnerability to climate change. Caused by an increasing intensity of droughts, crop yields are likely to decrease, and this makes Mauritania face food insecurity in the future. Due to extreme weather events, the health impacts of climate change, such as malnutrition and waterborne diseases, are also expected to increase in Mauritania. (Source: ND-GAIN, 2018)


The impacts of climate change vary by country and region. But wherever you are, local-level adaptation projects are necessary. You have all the cards in hand, now go explore our live projects and be one of the good guys. 


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