Policy Guidelines on Climate Change-induced Displacement in Ninewa Governorate

Published 14. May 2024
A recent study conducted by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and Skills House in Ninewa Governorate, Iraq, aims to tackle the urgent challenges arising from climate change-induced displacement in the region.

Ninewa Governorate's significance is underscored by its recent history marked by conflict, including the presence of Islamic State group, which has exacerbated displacement and heightened vulnerabilities.

The impact of climate change further complicates the situation, making it increasingly difficult for displaced individuals to return to their areas of origin within the governorate. This difficulty is compounded by the lack of livelihood opportunities, essential services, infrastructure, and social safety nets, all of which have been severely affected by the aftermath of conflict. 

To address these challenges effectively, the study employs two primary methods: desk research and stakeholder mapping. Desk research identifies key studies and policies relevant to the context, while stakeholder mapping identifies relevant actors, including public, private, and civil society organisations associated with climate change-induced displacement in Ninewa Governorate.

Additionally, workshops are conducted with representatives from various entities within the governorate, such as the Environmental Advisory Council, Directorate of Electricity, USAID, and Action Against Hunger (ACF). These workshops facilitate discussions on existing policies, sharing insights, and formulating an action plan to address climate-induced displacement.

The study emphasises collaboration among stakeholders from different sectors to develop policies that build resilience and find sustainable solutions to the challenges posed by climate change in Ninewa Governorate.