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Impact of climate change on groundwater resources in the Dibdibba aquifer system, Iraq
Lead Author: ESCWA


This technical report presents a detailed case study on the assessment of climate change impacts on groundwater resource use and availability in the Dibdibba aquifer in Iraq. It also includes an analysis of localized impacts of climate change on tomato yields. The Dibdibba aquifer was chosen by the Ministry of Water Resources in Iraq because it is a shallow aquifer that is highly affected by the precipitation variations that are expected as a result of climate change. It is also expected that the demand for groundwater will increase in this region, as it is an important agricultural area and tourist destination. The regional climate projections for the Mashreq Domain used to inform this report were produced by the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI). This study was carried out as part of a project focused on water and food security under a changing climate context led by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). 

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The central aim of this Regional Knowledge Hub is to provide access to information that can facilitate cooperation, coordination, dialogue and exchange among Arab States, organizations and stakeholder and to support awareness raising as well as regional networking and exchange on issues related to climate change and water resources in the region. Access to RICCAR assessment findings and associated datasets is being made available on this Regional Knowledge Hub, which is comprised of two open-access components: a website and a data portal. This online platform complements, and builds upon, the findings and processes already presented in the main report and its technical annex, as well as the series of publications that elaborate further on the work being pursued collectively under RICCAR.