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Iraqi Experts Say Iran Bears Responsibility for Drought in Hawizeh Marshes
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Iraqi Experts Say Iran Bears Responsibility for Drought in Hawizeh Marshes

Asharq Al-Awsat It seems that geographic realities linking Iraq to Iran have caused inescapable problems that are compounding their turbulent political relations. Issues between Baghdad and Tehran go beyond problems of borders and oil field demarcation, extending to water supplies. Iraq accuses Iran of cutting river water flowing from its territory and thus affecting Iraqi...

Iraq and Iran’s Hawizeh Marshes: Threats and Opportunities
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Iraq and Iran’s Hawizeh Marshes: Threats and Opportunities

Arabic | عربي Laith Alobaidi – Nature Iraq / Humat Dijlah The Hawizeh Marshes form a large part of the famous Mesopotamian marshlands and southern Iraq, east of Tigris River on the Iraqi-Iranian border, shared between Iraq and Iran with the Iranian marshes known as Hor Al-Azim. They make up the largest wetland in this...

What Was Not Destroyed by Drought is Now Burned by Fire
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What Was Not Destroyed by Drought is Now Burned by Fire

Published by Humat Dijla, 7 August 2018 As aresult of drought and water scarcity in the marshes, fire continues to spread over large areas of al-Huwaizah Marsh in Maisan Governorate in Southern Iraq, ravaging the natural area. Environmental activist Ahmed Saleh Neema, based in Maisan, explained the fire started in the pond of Um Alneaj...

From the Chibayish District, the Marshes Festival Sends a Call to Iraqis to Protect Nature
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From the Chibayish District, the Marshes Festival Sends a Call to Iraqis to Protect Nature

After Iraqis celebrated the inclusion of their marshes on UNESCO’s World Heritage List two years ago in July 2016, it was expected that a new stage of recovery and prosperity throughout all of the Iraqi marshlands would begin, that this international recognition would end years of neglect and resulting environmental damage. However, this hope quickly...

UNESCO Needs to Recognize the Upstream Dam Threats to the Iraqi Marshes – We Call to Work With Independent Civil Society!
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UNESCO Needs to Recognize the Upstream Dam Threats to the Iraqi Marshes – We Call to Work With Independent Civil Society!

Statement by World Heritage Watch/Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign 23 June 2018, World Heritage Watch Civil Society Forum, prior to the 42nd Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee *** We, the Civil Society Organizations who have attended the 5th International NGO Forum on World Heritage at Risk organized by World Heritage Watch...

Iraq Without Rivers: Disaster Becomes a Reality
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Iraq Without Rivers: Disaster Becomes a Reality

Humat Dijlah – Iraqi member organization of Save the Tigris Campaign From the 19th to the 26th of January 2018, in six different Iraqi cities, young activists and environmentalists organized art exhibitions in response to the tragic drought caused by low water levels in the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The activists aimed to bring needed...

Iraqi Youth Discover the Ahwar of Iraq World Heritage in the Third Youth Camp of Humat Dijlah
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Iraqi Youth Discover the Ahwar of Iraq World Heritage in the Third Youth Camp of Humat Dijlah

For the third year in row, Iraqi youth learned about Iraqi heritage in the annual youth camp in Chibayish Marshes in Dhi Qar Governorate, Southern Iraq. This camp is an annual event organized by Humat Dijlah and the Mashufna Cultural Center. Participants were young activists from the cities of Baghdad, Najaf, Hit, Nasiriyah and Diwaniyah to...

When heritage in Iraq becomes a strategic asset: from conflict target to marker of peace
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When heritage in Iraq becomes a strategic asset: from conflict target to marker of peace

[:en] Paper prepared prior to the 2017 meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Krakow, Poland, 2-12 July 2017. The International NGO Forum on World Heritage takes place in conjunction with the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting and will present cases of World Heritage Sites where there is a concern for their safeguarding and...