[ltr]2021.10.06 - 12:08[/ltr]
Baghdad - people
The President of the Republic, Barham Salih, guaranteed, on Wednesday, the Cabinet vote on the project to revive Mesopotamia submitted by the Presidency of the Republic to confront the threat of climate change in the country, stressing that the population of Iraq will double to 8 million by 2050.
"The climate crisis has become an existential threat to our future, it is necessary to start now, and there is no room for inaction, and our population is likely to double from 40 million today to 80," Saleh said in a statement, a copy of which was received by "Nass" (October 6, 2021). million by 2050.
Saleh added, "Desertification affects 39% of the area of Iraq, and 54% of our lands are at risk of agricultural loss due to salinity and water scarcity in the Tigris and Euphrates - the lifeblood of our country - which led to the advancing of the salt tongue towards the upper Shatt al-Arab."
He pointed out that "Iraq is ranked fifth among the most fragile countries globally in terms of water and food shortages and extreme temperatures," explaining that "our water deficit is expected to reach 10.8 billion cubic meters by 2035 at a time when our financial income from oil is declining with the abandonment of the world away from oil, and its dependence more on clean energy.
And the President of the Republic indicated that "the revival of Mesopotamia is a project for Iraq and all of our region, which shares the serious threat of climate change, and the project relies on 9 strategic programs that include afforestation, modernizing the management of the Tigris and Euphrates waters, generating clean energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and encouraging investment through green climate funds."
He pointed out that "realizing the scale of the transboundary environmental disaster that surrounds us all, and moving towards interconnected and integrated regional environmental plans will be a great step in confronting the effects of climate change, and pushes the whole region towards joint economic and environmental solidarity, and abandoning the cycle of crises and tensions where everyone is a loser." In which".
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