Reports and Publications
1. Biodiversity Conference Report
This is a report of a conference that was held in Aqaba, Amman, from 20 to 23 of Oct. 2008. During the conference, the nine members of Nature Iraq team led by Nature Iraq founder Azzam Alwash gave presentations sumaizing thier work in different areas in Iraq, with a particular focus on ornithology, and exhibited a set of photos documenting life
in southern Iraq.
2. Water Buffalo in the Iraqi Marshes, Thi Qar and Missan
In May 2006, Nature Iraq Started a project to study water buffalo in the marshes of Southren Iraq. The goals of this project were to provide needed information regarding the status of bufflo following the reflooding the marshands, as well as gathering basic data for futre plans and studies.
3. Darbandikhan Basin Project
Preliminary Field, Lap Report and results by Korsh Ararat, Raid Abdul Mehdi, Haider Ahmed Falih, and Ali Mohammed Maher and edited by Anna Bachmann and it was done September 2008. Darbandikhan Lake is one of the three lagest lakes in the Iraqi Kurdistan. This lake and the surrounding areas is a biological divers area for wildlife and listed as an important Bird Area in Iraq by BirdLife International. Many people benifit from this lake and it's waters for drinking, irrigation, fishing, and as a beautiful site used by many for recreation. Also, the Darbandikan Dam is an important source of electricity. Darbandikhan Lake is currently at a hight risk due to pollution by sewage and municipal wastes. It's water level threatened by current sever drought affecting the region as awhole and buy work in Iran to install a dam on the Sirwan River and other dams that have been already constracted.
4. Habitat Mapping and Monitoring Project
This report is based on a survay that was done in June 2008 as well as a review of a past work and conducted with the effort and support of many people. The Habitat Project started as an idea from Nature Iraq's Italian pratners. The goal of this project was to moniter the Iraqi marshlands in a new way by applying remote sensing and satellite imaging technology. This would lessen the eddorts and the need to make monitaring and field trips except in cases where satellite images showed some changes in the area. To carry out this project, the work was divided into three steps: first, discussions and planning, second, land cover survey, and third, description or definition of habitats.
5. Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) Reports
This on-going program started in February 2007, and would not have been possible without key partnership and porsonal commintments of colleagues.
This document presents winter and summer observations from the KBA Survay conducted from 6th to the 29th of January of 2009 and from May 3rd to June 7th of 2009. This survey was conducted in the three northern governorates of Iraq: Sulimani, Erbil, and Duhok. The winter and summer of 2009 surveys represent the fifth and sixth seasonal survey conducted in Kurdistan northen Iraq since the begining of the project.
This document presents seasonal obsevations from KBA Survey project conducted in 2010 at selected sites throughout the eighteen governorates of Iraq. These seasonal surveys were the 7th and 8th in Iraqi Kurdistan since its begining in 2007, the 3rd and 4th since the project began in 2009 in central and western Iraq, and the 11th and 12th in the southern sites since the start of the fieldwork in the Mesopotamian Marshlands areas in the winter of 2005.
The contents of this reoprt are taken from work conducted in 2009. This porogram was initially supported by Canadian International Development Agency from 2004- 2006. From 2006 to the presedent, generous support has been provided by the Italian Ministry of Enviermont, Land and Sea. Nature Iraq has conducted many environmental field surveys in the southren Iraqi marshs since 2004 dealling with local fauna and flora in order to document the wildlife of the marshs as this was an area that undergone dromatic eviromantal transformation during the 1990s to the present.
The contents of this reoprt are taken from work conducted in 2009. This porogram was initially supported by Canadian International Development Agency from 2004- 2006. From 2006 to the presedent, generous support has been provided by the Italian Ministry of Enviermont, Land and Sea. The fieldwork focused on surveying the regional bird and fish population in the winter and then added plant observations in the summer. This site review provides the principals findings from each site of the species surveys in order to determinewhether the site meets KBA criteria and its relative conservation status.
1. Eden Again: Hope in the Marshes of Iraq
The first book in 35 years to describe conditions in the Mesopotamian Marshlands, Eden Again by Suzanne Alwash, a founding member of Nature Iraq, covers in detail the ecological and human disaster of marshland drainage during the 1990s and the miraculous comeback of this unique wetland after 2003. The work also chronicles the beginnings of Nature Iraq, featuring interviews and research by many of our staff. It can be purchased here or here.
2. Birds of Iraq
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3. Children's Bird Guide
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4. Raptors Trading
Iraq is considered one of the main pathways for migratory raptors passing through to wintering grounds in Arabia and Africa. There are also a lot of resident abd breeding birds of prey. Forty-seven species of birds of prey (including owls) were recorded in Iraq. Every year the local animal markets in Iraq exhibit thousands of captured wild birds from small passerings to large birds of prey. conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List for endangered species and were frequantly present at the markets. Exclusive information was also obtained from hunters/trappers, falconry associations, and animal shop owners about the main species targeted and sold during 2009-2010. In order to develop future conservation efforts to protect falcon species, one goal of these surveys was to determine which species were most popular and prized for capture and sale.
5. Challenges Facing Iraq's Environment
This article presents a summary of environmental issues in Iraq, with a particular emphasis on water, air quality and land use, and biodiversity. Fast and immediate remedies should be put in place to prevent further degradation of ecosystems in Iraq and start the healing process.
6. Conservation of Iraq Mammals
Scientific research on mammals in Iraq has not been conducted in over 30 years and requires special training, methods, and equipment not currently available within Iraq. Based on current knowledge about the conservation status of many animals, we must conclude that the local consevation status of many of these species withen Iraq is potentially threatened. The native mammals of Iraq pose no significant dnger to humans, display a very low incident rate for rabies and other diseases.
7. Hope for the Tigris? Status of the Ilisu Dam
This artical is showing about the decisian of building the Illisu Dam on the Tigris River in Eastren Turkuy. This Dam is part of wider project called the Southeastren Anatolia Project, or GAP, in order to bring development to Shouthren Turkey. However, in order to do the project, more than 83 archaeological sites including the ancient town of Hasankeyf and 50,000 to 80,000 people will have to relocate. The Dam will also affect many vulnerable species that call the area home. And last but not least, the Dam will affect the amount of water coming to Iraq and its quality.