The aim of the joint meeting was to listen to the government officials and Policy maker in person about the organization of laws and guidelines on disobediences and fines on the issue of wasting water. Another goal of the meeting was about the importance of working with and engaging the NGOs and the experts before issuing any laws and guidelines related to water along with the fines, their kinds and the amounts for the people who don’t comply.
The meeting discussed the following:
1. An introduction from Nature Iraq, the experts and the attendees of the meeting.
2. Introducing the project of advocacy and the aim of the meeting
3. Discussions on the ways people waste water and the reasons behind them.
4. The importance of engaging people in keeping environment.
5. Open discussions about the rules and laws about fining of wasting of water.
The attendants from the directorate of water in Sulaimani discussed two main issues. One was about that no specific law is enforced (about protecting and building water tube and sewage in Kurdistan Regional Government) from the laws issued in 2013 since it has not been formally accepted by the Kurdistan Parliament. They also discussed that although the kinds and amounts of the fines have risen, they cannot be as effective since they are not fully enforced. Since the amounts of the fines are not as much now, people are not complying with the laws as they can pay small amount of money as fines. The attendants also discussed that there isn’t a special number of polices/ forces that can monitor and check on people who do not comply which is another issue.
Also in the meeting, the role of media was discussed that unfortunately it hasn’t had an effective role in publicizing the laws and guidelines to people along with explanations on the fines, their kind and their amounts.
The Italian trainers discussed the strategies and plans in European Union Nations and Italy for enforcing the laws and principles.
The meeting concluded that:
1. It is important to engage people in keeping the environment.
2. It is also vital that people are given awareness. The governmental officials and policy makers have to work with the NGOs for such awareness.
3. If the Directorate of water in Sulaimani believes that they can change the behaviour and attitude of people alone, it might take a really long time. So they need to engage and work with the Media, NGOs and the people.