The subject of protected areas, World Heritage sites and Ramsar sites, is one of the most important issues today in Iraq, and are among the considerations that contribute to the protection and conservation of nature and preservation for the next generations. These areas need a clear vision and strategies that will be interpreted into participatory management plans that should be implemented by the related authorities. For this purpose, a meeting was held at 10 July 2014, between the two Ministries: Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Water Resources, in order to organize the mechanism of the work between these two Ministries and the related stakeholders.
The meeting was held by the following participants: Dr. Ali Al-Ami - Technical Deputy of MoE, Mr. Hani Fakhri - Director Genral of CRIMW, Mrs. Sameera Abd Mohi - Associate Director General of CRIMW - MoWR, and Mr.Hassan Wrewoush from Thi-Qar Government Council Member.
The participants have agreed on the collaborative work and coordination that are related to the subject above. The coming phase will witness the planning for a cluster of activities with the other stakeholders especially that concerns the development of the management plan for the marshes of southern Iraq that were nominated as a World Heritage Site.
Nature Iraq would like to commend the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Water Resources for taking a major step in the crucial, but unglamorous, work of dividing responsibilities for the management of Iraq's first national park. Please see their joint press release marking the occasion below.