QaraDagh is situated south of the Sulaimani city of Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The area is located within the proposed peace park for the conservation of the Persian Leopard, an area occupying approximately 1643 km2 in total. This area supports a wide range of vegetation zones from Subalpine, High Oak Forest and Mountain Riverine Forest to Riverine Woodland, which provides a very good habitat for Leopards and Wild Goats. In addition, QaraDagh supports a wide range of fauna such as mammals (about 10 mammal species have been recorded during the Persian Leopard Conservation Project), birds, reptiles, amphibians, and a wide plant diversity.
The pond was created at a location, on which wild animals including Leopards and Wild Goats and many carnivores depend, oftentimes having to walk long distances for a water source. In addition, as hunters usually use water sources to trap animals, this pond, once filled with rain water, will give the animals a greater chance of survival from being hunted while using the only source of water in the area during the dry season.
We are expecting this pond to attract a great range of wildlife, from plants, to amphibians, reptiles, and Odonata.
We thank the local government from the Ministry of Interior, the municipality and forestry police of the area, and a construction company, who helped with this project. We hope that through this project we build a stronger stakeholder cooperation for the Proposed Peace Park project and show that the sustainability of the area and the people’s livelihood is tied to the health of the ecosystem around them.