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Afghanistan

TOTAL POPULATION

32.8 million YEAR 2014

CO2 EMISSIONS

9,800 kt COUNTRY, YEAR 2014

2,516,400 kt South Asia, YEAR 2014

“A 13.6% reduction in GHG emissions by 2030 compared to a business as usual scenario”


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CLIMATE SIGNIFICANCE

Afghanistan’s average temperature has risen by 0.6°C since 1960, faster than the global average. In a context of civil war and protracted conflict, Afghanistan has had little time to put into the conservation of its natural resources. However, the same resources provide the basic livelihood basis for more than 80% of the Afghan population. 

Afghanistan's predominantly arid climate stresses the importance of wetlands to the local biodiversity. As of 2018, there are no more protected lands in Afghanistan and only 5% of the former tree cover still remains. However, a large portion of the territory is naturally protected by the impenetrable mountain ranges that prohibit significant human development or exploitation. 

In a country whose main economic activities are agricultural, variations in climate and weather events are of real importance. The water stock of the Hindu Kush mountains in the form of ice and snow caps used to provide water for as many as 300 million people in the region. The “water tower of Asia” is now facing a severe water crisis, due to the melting of these resources and the almost-total destruction of water infrastructures. Today, only about 27% of Afghans have access to clean water. The providing of basic resources for heating, cooking and feeding will be essential in the fight against the loss of valuable ecosystems in Afghanistan. 

Less abundant snowfall and accelerated spring melt has caused both more droughts and more floods. These changes have led numerous rural herders and farmers to move to cities to take on unqualified work. Kabul is actually the fifth fastest growing city in the world. This phenomenon has sparked protests and a feeling of social injustice in Afghan cities.

What happens in Afghanistan, whose national and international context blur, has local, regional and global consequences. The current situation in Afghanistan is a prime example of the intersection between climate change, politics, international affairs and socioeconomic development. With time, strength and help, Afghanistan will build the peace and fair progress it needs.


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DATA INSIGHTS

The World Bank classification categorises Afghanistan as a low-income country. To understand Afghanistan’s situation in the fight against climate change, it is helpful to show its historic carbon emissions and exposure to climate risk. The graphs provide an overview of this country’s greenhouse gas emissions in perspective with global emission, as well as the country’s relative vulnerability and preparedness to climate change.

Afghanistan Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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

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Afghanistan Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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

Afghanistan Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Afghanistan Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

Afghanistan’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

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Afghanistan Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

Afghanistan’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

Afghanistan Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)
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