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New Report to the World Heritage Committee: International Action Needed to Halt Dams and Save Marshes
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New Report to the World Heritage Committee: International Action Needed to Halt Dams and Save Marshes

A new report compiled by Save the Tigris member Rivers without Boundaries and World Heritage Watch, a draft of which was presented by civil society during the World Hydropower Congress, is an indictment of global conventional hydropower construction. As the title Heritage Dammed suggests, the report sets its sights on ecological sites on the UNESCO...

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...

“Our Marshlands”, The First Iraqi Gathering of of the Marshes Civil Society Coalition
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“Our Marshlands”, The First Iraqi Gathering of of the Marshes Civil Society Coalition

[:en] The Iraqi Social Forum and Humat Dijlah Association The unknown fate that prevailed the image of the Iraqi marshlands future after its inclusion in the list of world heritage, have made those who are interested in the case of marshlands worried. Therefore, a number of civil society organizations, activists and academics concerned about the...

Youth activists camp in the Iraqi Marshes
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Youth activists camp in the Iraqi Marshes

[:en] The Save the Tigris Campaign continues to work and campaign for the Iraqi Marshes. This time an activity took place in the heart of the Iraqi Marshlands at Chibayish, where a camp was organized, now an annual tradition of the campaign. It included 20 young, male and female water and environmental activists from Baghdad,...

Iraq’s Marsh Arabs more optimistic after World Heritage status
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Iraq’s Marsh Arabs more optimistic after World Heritage status

[:en] United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 23 November 2016  The Marshlands of Mesopotamia in southern Iraq are a rare aquatic landscape in the desert, and a biodiversity hotspot for key migratory birds. “They are a unique ecosystem regionally and globally where we see the largest river system in the Middle East, a rich biodiversity, and...

Official decision of the Iraqi Marshes’ inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List
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Official decision of the Iraqi Marshes’ inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List

[:en]Decision: 40 COM 8B.16 The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC/16/40.COM/8B, WHC/16/40.COM/INF.8B1 and 1.WHC/16/40.COM/INF.8B2, Inscribes The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape 2. of the Mesopotamian Cities, Iraq, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (iii), (v), (ix) and (x); Takes note of the following provisional...

A Great Achievement After 4 years of Campaigning: The Marshes of Iraq Inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage
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A Great Achievement After 4 years of Campaigning: The Marshes of Iraq Inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage

[:en]Statement by the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign 20 July, 2016 Congratulations to the Iraqi people and everyone involved in the preservation of the world heritage and culture of Mesopotamia, for the Iraqi Marshes have been officially named UNESCO World Heritage. Its inclusion was approved in the afternoon of the 40th session of...

Iraqi Marshlands named as UNESCO World Heritage Site!
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Iraqi Marshlands named as UNESCO World Heritage Site!

[:en]UNESCO has named Iraqi marshlands as a world heritage site! The area named “is made up of seven sites: three archaeological sites and four wetland marsh areas in southern Iraq” UNESCO said. “The archaeological cities of Uruk and Ur and the Tell Eridu archaeological site form part of the remains of the Sumerian cities and...

Will Iraq’s wetlands join World Heritage List?
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Will Iraq’s wetlands join World Heritage List?

[:en] Omar Sattar, Published by Al-Monitor, June 17 2016 BAGHDAD — The archaeological sites of Ur, Eridu and Uruk as well as the Iraqi marshlands are under consideration for UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The decision will be made at the World Heritage Committee meeting to be held July 10-20 in Turkey, where the UNESCO member states will vote on adding new sites to World List....

Call for Action to Protect the Marshlands of Mesopotamia!
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Call for Action to Protect the Marshlands of Mesopotamia!

[:en]Statement by the Save the Tigris and the Iraqi Marshes Campaign – June 9, 2016 Prior to the 40th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Istanbul We demand transparency from the Iraqi government and UNESCO-Iraq regarding a possible inclusion of the Iraqi Marshes in the World Heritage List. *** Update, June 11, 2016:...