Dr Azzam Alwash, NI's founder, inspired the audience with the story of the re-flooding of the Mesopotamian Marshes and of the fieldwork over the past 8 years, often in dangerous situations, to produce an inventory of Key Biodiversity Areas. This, the first step towards a national network of protected areas, was greatly received by the large international audience. The draft site accounts of over 100 sites are already on our website. Take a look - you will be amazed at what has been achieved!
The audience applauded when Azzam announced that Iraq would soon be declaring its first National Park - in the heart of the Mesopotamian wetlands.
Nature Iraq made many new friends and supporters at the Congress and is now making the final steps to becoming a full partner of BirdLife.
In the photo Azzam is displaying his passion for conservation to HIH Princess Takamado, BirdLife's president and Marco Lambertini, BirdLife's CEO, whilst Ibrahim Khader, head of BirdLife's Middle East division watches on.
Learn more about this amazing international gathering on BirdLife's website: http://birdlifecongress.org/