Impact of climate change on the marine environment of arid regions

Type:
Meeting or Conference
Organizer:
Freiberg University of Mining and Technology; Marine Science Center, Northeastern University (MSC); Marine Science Center, University of Barsah (MSC)
Date:
26-28 Nov 2013
Location:
Iraq (Basrah)
Venue:
University of Basrah

The conference will feature an international panel of experts and participants who will learn from other countries’ experiences, with the goal of identifying challenges, obstacles and solutions for integrating sustainable development principles into planning in southern Iraq.

Iraq is facing a unique set of environmental challenges as one of the Arab region’s most vulnerable countries to climate change. Changing weather patterns in recent years have brought higher frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, rising environmental degradation throughout the country, and more frequent and severe dust storms, droughts, and extreme high temperatures.

Initiatives to increase our understanding of how environmental change is likely to impact the environmental, political, and socio-economic well being of Iraq is imperative.

Although this is the first conference of its kind, Iraq is party to a number of international conventions on the natural environment, including: the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (2009), the Kyoto Protocol (2009), the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (2007), the Montreal Protocol (2007) and the Biodiversity Convention (2009).

The conference will explore the following:

  1. The science and practice of the history of Iraq’s climate and its relation to water, land and agriculture
  2. Climate change during the Holocene in the area of Euphrates and Tigris
  3. Impact of climate change on biological activities and adaptation; declining biodiversity and ecosystem services; sea level rise
  4. Impacts of irrigation on microclimate and of marshes on microclimate
  5. Sustainable livelihoods in communities
  6. Water and energy
  7. Understanding and predicting the ongoing and future impacts of climate change on natural ecosystems, and future solutions for adaptation


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Target audience

Participation is open to researchers of climate change and environmental issues (local, regional, national and international levels), business consultants, environmental and socioeconomic public policy practitioners, economists, community groups, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and students from Iraq, the region, or countries who have a professional interest in the themes of the conference.

How to register

Please register online.


Keywords

Themes:
Climate Change, Environment, Governance, Water, Food Security & Agriculture
Hazards:
Drought, Heat Wave
Countries:
Iraq
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