Nature Iraq was founded in Iraq in 2004 and has started its work in Sulaimani and in the Kurdistan Region in general since 2007. The organization has been working continuously in various environmental areas and the implementation of its projects still continues. The Advocacy Project started to research and prepare a project for the purpose of preventing car washing on Zalm Stream. The project has been designed in a modern style in a way that it fits the nature of the region.
After completing research on the area, the implementation of the project initiated. It started with cleaning of the stream, then the raising of two sides of the stream up to 2 meters with rocks and sub base in compressed layers. Later, a wall was built called Gabion wall, which is a modern wall currently used in many developed countries. In addition, another part of the project was renovation and painting of the Zalm Bridge and building of a number of seating stairs with brick and their decoration. The final stage of this project was to increase the green space by planting saplings (trees) and growing flowers on top of the Gabion wall.
Zalm stream water is continuously used for agriculture and irrigation, and the stream contains a large number of fish. Therefore, contamination of this water will have negative impact on peoples’ health as the fish make peoples’ daily source of food. It was for the above reasons that we took seriously the implementation of such a project in this manner.
The support that we received from Halabja Governorate and the Directorate of Tourism is highly appreciated. They provided a lot of support and assistance to our organization for the implementation of this project.
The Project for Clean Safeguarding of Zalm Water was financially funded by the European Union and it was successfully executed by the ‘Nature Iraq’ Advocacy Project.
By Diary Muhamad Rashid
Advocacy Project Engineer & Supervisor of the Project