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Mauritania

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.”

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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 . NELIA VATEVA donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Alex Kitov donated € 25 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Ivaylo Vasilev donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Alex Winkler donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Valeriia Muliukova donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Francesca bianchi donated € 100 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Stephanie van groenendael donated € 40 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Judith de Warren donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . nat Bonnisseau donated € 1 to Empowering Mangrove Women for a Healthy & Resilient Ecosystem . Luke Davis donated € 10 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Stanislav Stoev donated € 30 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Nathan Bonnisseau donated € 18 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Sara Riva donated € 50 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles . Luke Davis donated € 5 to E-waste Race Germany . Jürg Rohrer donated € 150 to Improved Firewood Stoves (IFS) for Indigenous Families in Guatemala . Errin Saunders donated € 10 to Empowering Mangrove Women for a Healthy & Resilient Ecosystem . Elise van Groningen donated € 20 to E-waste Race Germany . Peter Popdonev donated € 10 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas . Svetlana Goranova donated € 20 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas . Saglara Inzhieva donated € 30 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas . Emiliyana Terziyska donated € 25 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas . Daniel Mendez donated € 10 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas . Rumyana Velcheva donated € 50 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas . Martin Bakardzhiev donated € 10 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas . Sandeep Bajjuri donated € 25 to binee - Interactive E-Waste Collection System . cyrielle simeone donated € 50 to Application of satellite telemetry data to better understand the breeding strategies of humpback whales in the Southern Hemisphere . Milka Koldamova donated € 10 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas . Steffen Albrecht donated € 20 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas . Trayan Angelov donated € 20 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas . Felizia Kuhlke donated € 50 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas .

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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 full line shows the variation of this volume compared to the baseline 1990, and the dotted 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

Mauritania Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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


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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Mauritania Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

Mauritania’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

Mauritania Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

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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