From the Iran-Iraq War to the rise of Islamic State, Iraq’s environment has been deeply scarred by conflict. Now facing climate change, conflicts over water with its neighbours, high levels of industrial pollution, biodiversity loss and the serious consequences of Islamic State’s scorched earth policies, environmental issues are increasingly critical for Iraq’s sustainability and security.


Country brief: Iraq

A brief introductory overview of the environmental dimensions of Iraq’s conflicts, with facts, figures and further reading.


ISIL’s scorched earth policy in Iraq: options for its victims to be recognised under international law

With what has been called a ‘landmark’ resolution, the UN Security Council has established a team to investigate international crimes committed by ISIL in Iraq. Will the investigative team also seek accountability for the victims of its scorched earth policy and oil fires? On which criminal provisions could the team of experts rely to address conflict-related environmental harm?

Twitter: #Iraq

The water crisis in #Basra #Iraq hospitalised 100,000 last year. in response, the Save the Tigris Campaign is establishing a group of water activists in the city.

Turkey's Ilisu Dam will impact large parts of the Tigris-Euphrates Basin, which includes #Syria, #Iraq, and Iran, "exacerbating water shortages that will affect irrigation, biodiversity, fishing, drinking water, and transportation"

Turkey’s Dam-Building Spree Continues, At Steep Ecological Cost

Nearly 90 miles of the historic Tigris River will soon be turned into a vast reservoir as Turkey completes the massive Ilisu Dam. While the government...

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