Basrah Climate Change Conference

Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, the November 2013 Basrah Climate Change Conference has been postponed to November 13-14, 2014. We look forward to seeing you in 2014! Please email if you have any questions.

- On behalf of the Organizing Committee


November 13-14, 2014, Basrah, Iraq

The University of Basrah Marine Science Centre in cooperation with the Northeastern University Marine Science Center, Nahant, Massachusetts, USA, and the geology faculty, Technische Universitaet Bergakademie Freiberg, Saxony, Germany is pleased to announce the International Conference, “Impact of Climate Change on the Marine Environment of Arid Regions.” The conference will be held 26-28, November 2013 at the University of Basrah, Basrah, Iraq.

The conference will feature an international panel of experts and participants who will learn from other countries’ experiences, with the goal of identifying challenges, obstacles and solutions for integrating sustainable development principles into planning in southern Iraq.

Iraq is facing a unique set of environmental challenges as one of the Arab region’s most vulnerable countries to climate change. Changing weather patterns in recent years, have brought higher frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, rising environmental degradation throughout the country, and more frequent and severe dust storms, droughts, and extreme high temperatures.

Initiatives to increase our understanding of how environmental change is likely to impact the environmental, political, and socio-economic well being of Iraq is imperative.

Although this is the first conference of its kind, Iraq is party to a number of international conventions on the natural environment, including: the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (2009),  the Kyoto Protocol (2009), the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (2007), the Montreal Protocol (2007) and the Biodiversity Convention (2009).

Scheduled speakers:

  • Dr. Broder Merkel, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Chair of Geology Department
  • Dr. Gray Williams, The University of Hong Kong, The Swire Institute of Marine Science and School of Biological Science
  • Dr. Ali Al-Lami, University of Basrah, Marine Science Centre

A poster exhibition will be on display throughout the conference and will include examples that demonstrate the conference’s themes. You are invited to submit proposals for posters that you would like to be considered for the exhibition. Posters should be minimum size of 22×28 cm and 61×92 cm maximum.

The poster exhibition will be formally opened at the end of the first day of the conference.

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