During the work with Water Rights Foundation (WRF), a one-day joint meeting was held in Sulaimani city and include representatives from both government and civil society organizations. The overall discussions is how to protect our waterways and rivers and change this ugly behaviour. The meeting had 20 particpants including the representative of environmental bureau, the decision makers, the representative of the civil society organizations, and two Italian trainers (Aliza and Recardo).
The meeting started with an introduction with the aims of the meeting. Later, the topics were explained and discussed, and all the date and information in hand were provided. Nabil Ibrahim Muse, waterkeeper in Nature Iraq, played a short documentary film.
Popular phenomena which is car washing in river and stream shores especially in the picnic sites and accommodations were discussed. This is after collecting enough data and information through having certain site visits to places such as (Qilyasan stream, Pirdi Zalim, Tabin and Kani Shok, Tanjaro, Qashqoli). These places are all within the territory of Sulaimani city that later all flow to (Small River and Sirwan River). The topic of car washing in the rivers was selected because of the importance of such issue and having enough date about it and its danger to the pollution of the rivers water. Becuase of this phenomena, certian substances are released into the rivers that will have direct impact on the cleaness and quality of the water and harm the creatures and plants in the water.