Environmental Law and Advocacy Project as a part of Nature Iraq organization are conducting regular joint meetings. On 8th November 2015, the second part of the joint meeting among environmental NGOs in Sulaimaniya was held in Sawa Centre Hall, KEDO (Kurdistan Economic Development Organization). This joint meeting is an integral part of the previous meeting with the Head Deputy of Agriculture Committee in the Sulaimaniya Parliament office. Ten stakeholder representatives and two water experts from Sulaimaniya University were participated in that meeting. The aim of the meeting is to lead tangible outcomes from the key stakeholders and the experts and identifying their observations on the Draft of Water Management and Protection Law in KRG. In this meeting, the overall 39 articles were reviewed, texts were edited and then the recommendations are written for the draft law. This draft is considered as an important piece of law as there are no environmental specific legislation in KRG related to water management. The participants agreed to conduct a last joint meeting to collect notes or recommendations regarding the Part Four (Penal Provisions) to specify the fines and punishments to be undertaken and to compare the articles of this draft with the existing articles of laws in Iraq so as there are no discrepancy. Linguistic person will be invited for language check and then the draft will be sent to the concerned committee in the KRG Parliament. Nature Iraq is optimistic about the result of that meeting as this kind of work can allow more cooperation and transparency between the NGOs and the KRG to be taken place.
Bnwar Rzgar Abdulrahman