An environmental center warns of the decline in biodiversity in Iraq

The Iraqi Center for Environmental Monitoring warned, on Wednesday, of the decline in biodiversity in Iraq, due to climate change and human threats.

In a statement on the International Day for Biological Diversity, today, Wednesday, the Center urged the Iraqi authorities to take urgent practical measures to protect the country’s biodiversity, which is exposed to many threats, including declining water resources, high temperatures, and scarcity of rain, pointing to ‘the necessity of controlling poaching of all animals and the bulldozing of agricultural lands, as well as pollution resulting from industrial and oil activities.

The center called for activating and approving legislation related to the protection of biological diversity, re-registering and documenting species and reference classifications of local organisms, and working to declare and register protected areas.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency