“The secretariat is highly interested in the activities of the organization” said Mr. Esmaeel in the ceremony of nature, agriculture and environment which honored Nature Iraq, expressing his appreciation for the achievements of Nature Iraq.
“The issue of the marshes is related to cultural and historical heritage and involves economic and social aspects. The marshes represent one of the fundamental pillars of the country and focusing on them means dealing with very important social and economical issues as well as water resources” added the secretary, who declared that the council is conducting projects in the marsh areas after the abolishment of the State Ministry of the Marshlands.
The President of Nature Iraq's Board of Directors, Dr. Alwash called for providing the organization with support by the declaring the marshes a protected area, as such an effort would help nature and people at the same time. Alwash also drew the attention to the potential impacts of Turkey's Ilisu Dam, currently under construction, and the necessity of reaching mutual agreements with Turkey to reduce the of the dam on Iraq. He assured the council that Nature Iraq has a package of solutions to the problem most of which are economical and that Nature Iraq, in cooperation with other international organizations, is willing to help the negotiations with Turkey as well as with Iran and Syria to reach a “water agreement”.
In addition, the Directorate of the Affairs of the Committees in the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministries is following up through special committee the issues of the marshes, particularly changes taking place, reflooding possibilities and potential developments consistent with native social structures.
Sada Al-Amana periodical, issue 7, June, 2013