FAO Consultative Workshop on Climate Change [EN/AR] – Iraq

23-24 June 2021, Najaf Governorate

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) organized a two-day consultative workshop in coordination with the Ministry of Health and Environment and other line ministries as part of the process. Formulation of the GCF-Funded Project: Building Climate Resilience of Vulnerable Agricultural Livelihoods in Rural Iraqi Communities. Representatives of the local governments of Najaf, Karbala and Muthanna, officials from the ministries of health and environment, agriculture, water resources, planning, farmers associations, universities, the sector private and a large number of FAO experts from headquarters and regional offices attended the event.

FAO Representative in Iraq, Dr Salah ElHajjHassan, confirmed during the workshop FAO’s commitments to support rural communities and national authorities to improve climate resilience through the introduction of climate-friendly technologies and of agricultural practices to increase water availability at the farm level and improve water productivity in the governorates of Muthanna, Najaf and Karbala, he also stressed that this process is in line with the new framework of the agency and to support government efforts to strengthen food and water security.

The Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Environment, Dr Jassim Abdel Aziz, confirmed the support of the ministry to tackle the root causes and obstacles to adaptation to climate change in Iraq.

The Deputy Governor of Najaf, the Governor of Karbala and the Deputy Governor of Muthanna appreciated the initiative and confirmed the commitment of local governments to facilitate the formulation and implementation of the project.

Overall, the project will help build climate change resilience of farming communities against climate-induced water scarcity in Najaf, Karbala and Muthanna governorates; furthermore, it will reduce the climate change adaptation deficit of farming communities and increase water productivity; it will also help to extend adaptation to climate change in the main national policy frameworks for water management and to integrate it to all stakeholders.

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