The Planetary Security Initiative - Iraq Chapter 

Climate security is particularly relevant in regions that are hit hard by climate change and that are already challenged by fragile political and security situations. Iraq stands out as an example, wherein the impact of climate change on security is developing into a serious issue. PSI has been focusing on the impact of desertification, water scarcity and the overall environmental degradation on stability in Iraq since 2018. PSI - Iraq Chapter is an online platform where we present our climate security work on Iraq and disseminate knowledge on this issue together with our local and international partners.


In May 2022, PSI is officially launching the BASRA FORUM FOR CLIMATE, ENVIRONMENT AND SECURITY to foster dialogue and action on a local level. The forum is open for participation of actors interested in joining open and closed roundtable discussions, workshops, and publications.



Water, Climate, and Environment: Beyond Iraq’s obvious conflicts

Climate activism in Iraq: A dangerous undertaking

Planetary Security Initiative holds the first-ever climate security dialogue in South Iraq

Iraq's growing desertification problem

Endowment agricultural projects to combat desertification & contribute to stability in Iraq

Desertification dries up economy and instigates crime in South Iraq

Dialogue as a solution to save fish resources from saltwater intrusion in Southern Iraq

Drought ignites tribal conflicts in Southern Iraq

How to prevent climate change from causing Basra to drown?

‘Water guards’: New book on environmental stresses in Iraq



More than infrastructures: water challenges in Iraq

What can the EU do? Climate related security risks in Iraq & Mali



Workshop: Fostering Climate Security and Environmental Degradation in South Iraq 

Webinar: Iraq: Climate, Water and Conflict in 2020




                  Tobias von Lossow                                                                                    

                 Research Fellow - PSI