Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani announced today the launch of an afforestation initiative to combat desertification and dust storms in the country, which suffers from the effects of climate change and water shortage.
Al-Sudani’s announcement came during the Iraq Climate Conference, taking place on Sunday and Monday in the city of Basra, in the far south of the country, in the presence of ambassadors and officials from the United Nations.
In a speech at the opening of the conference, Al-Sudani said that climatic changes represented by “high temperatures, scarcity of rain, and an increase in dust storms, along with a decrease in green spaces, threatened food, health, environmental and societal security.”
According to a statement issued by his office, he indicated that “more than seven million citizens have been affected by drought, and hundreds of thousands have been displaced because they lost their livelihoods that depend on agriculture and fishing.”
Source: National News Agency – Lebanon