For several years, the Italian Water Rights Foundation has been mutually working with the Iraq Waterkeeper Environmental law and advocacy project of Nature Iraq serving the environment of Kurdistan Region of Iraq and enhancing capabilities of its authorities especially working with entities and certain organizations in the field of environment. They have been aiming at their role in maintaining the environment, improving the quality of life in Kurdistan Region and in benefiting from data of environmental projects implemented in Italy. It is worth mentioning that, so far, nearly 250 trainees have been benefitting from the Italian Water Rights Foundation trainings in Kurdistan Region of Iraq in addition to arrangement of several joint meetings with the Region governmental authorities and discussing available laws and regulations, suggesting change in certain laws to suit the current status of the Region.
Blue Shadows project is working on maintaining and improving the quality of water in Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The most outstanding recommendation was the minimization of river water evaporation level by planting trees and increasing green spaces all along rivers.
This pilot project included five phases. At the commencement of the first phase of the project, we made preparations and started data sharing with Water Rights Foundation and Friends of the Earth through social communication, made us get together, working on such important pilot project. We believe that cooperation of the Italian government and its organizations through several projects will make us offer our best services for the environment of Kurdistan Region of Iraq and create the most suitable and healthiest life status for our coming generations and that through changing the water quality and quantity as an outstanding factor of the living environment we will.
Nature Iraq in cooperation with the project partners, Local authorities, NGOs and volunteers in KRG on 21st June 2018 held the KickOff meeting and workshop of the project at Abusana meeting hall in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq;
To present the project to the participants, open debate on pilot sites, what are the requirements for the project, methods of plantation, plant species suitable for the recommended areas and how to get more projects through the pilot project.
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