Naz Sardar Abdulkarim
Independent Researcher, Erbil, Iraq
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The primary aim of the research was to develop an understanding of the level of public environmental awareness of people in the Kurdistan region. A secondary aim of the research was to propose relevant policy recommendations based on the knowledge and understanding developed from the primary research aim in terms of the extent of the level of public environmental awareness and the factors affecting the level of awareness. The research undertook an online survey across selected respondents from the Kurdistan region to evaluate the extent of public environmental awareness among the population. Hypothesis testing was conducted using the difference between means to assess factors that influence awareness levels. • There is a good level of public environmental awareness in Kurdistan region of Iraq • There are different factors that impact awareness levels and these include: educational level; economic situation; geographical location; ethnographic characteristic; and, demographic characteristic • The environmental conditions in the Kurdistan region is poor even with the high level of public awareness that exists among the population There are two key recommendations. The Kurdistan government should: – continue to implement educational programs in order to enhance the understanding of the impact on the environment for corporations rather than the increased educational programs for individuals – push for increasing the concern and care of organizations and individuals to complement the awareness levels of environmental issues and impacts already existing in the Kurdistan region

Keywords: Environment; awareness; Kurdistan region; Iraq; public; education.

ISBN 978-0-9962570-9-1

Faculty of Administrative Sciences and Economics
Tishk International University