02.03.2014 - UNESCO Office for Iraq

UNESCO and Iraqi officials validate the main outputs of the Drought Risk Management project

A man cultivating his land in Northern Iraq © UNESCO Iraq 2011

In the framework of the Drought Risk Management project, and following the completion of scientific analysis of data gathered by the project, UNESCO is holding a validation workshop to discuss key outputs with governmental delegations from line ministries, and endorse the recommended actions to appropriately meet drought risk related challenges in Iraq.

Officials from the ministries of environment, science and technology, and agriculture, as well as water resources from the central government and the Kurdistan regional government are attending this workshop held in Amman, Jordan from 2 to 6 March 2014. Participants will discuss and conclude on the analysis of drought phenomena in Iraq, notably physiographic and socio-economic vulnerability related to this trend, an identification of hot-spot areas for action-planning by the government of Iraq, plus the strategic outlook for effective drought risk management measures.

Aggravated in recent years by drought and climatic variations, Iraq faces declining storage and irrigation capacities, while water scarcity has led to more arid conditions, saltier and eroding soils, and - as a consequence - to an aggravated desertification of the arable lands which dramatically affects agricultural productivity.

The "Drought Risk Management" project is one of UNESCO's diverse interventions in the field of water, environmental change and disaster risk reduction, aiming to support the Government of Iraq in building institutional capacities in drought planning and research. Implemented with the support of UNDP, UNEP, and FAO, this project will help establish a reliable database of indicators allowing the formulation of informative policies and efficient strategies.

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