By Madeleine White.
This is an extract from an article originally published by Nina Iraq, and is reproduced here with permission.
Iraq is polluted. In fact the significant levels of pollution in Iraq are such an open secret that people simply accept that this is the way it is, along with the cancers and health problems it causes.
Much of this pollution is the result of decades of war and unrest; with military waste and deforestation representing just two (of many) contributory factors. However, that is not the end of the story.
Many studies and field surveys cite Iraq as one of the ‘worst examples’ of pollution in the world. However policy makers are slowly realizing that, tackling what is widely considered to be an almost impossible challenge can be eased by harnessing the private sector.
The incentive? Real income for SME’s and communities, with intertwined social and economic values creating the dynamism needed to tackle issues head on. In their ‘Building Competitive Green Industries Report’ the World Bank estimates that the clean technology opportunity available to developing world SMEs over the next decade is worth the $1.6 trillion.
To ensure Iraq takes full advantage of this opportunity, driving economic growth through environmental action, we at Nina have taken it upon ourselves to create a map. Building awareness of need and so stimulating local innovation and business growth is the first step to a ‘Pollution Solution’ for Iraq.