This is a noteworthy scientific achievement for the Darwin Project. Before the Darwin Project's commencement in 2012, only 295 plants species were known to exist in the area, now the number has almost doubled to 529 species!
As Nature Iraq's partners at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh are completing the process of plants identifications, we estimate that the number of plants species will be increasing to an approximate of 650 species.
The Darwin Project is a three year conservation program funded by the Darwin Initiative of the United Kingdom’s Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs. Focusing on the mountainous region of Kurdistan, specifically the mountain of Piramagroon, this project is conducted by the Nature Iraq and experts from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) and BirdLife International (BirdLife). The project is generating new date for conservation and resources for protected area management and environmental education.