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Managing Change in the Marshlands: Iraq's Critical Challenge

Managing Change in the Marshlands: Iraq's Critical Challenge
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). August 2011
  • This report focuses on the importance of the Marshlands ecosystem services and the social, economic, and cultural benefits they provide to the Iraqi people. It shows the need to intensify the work being done for Marshlands revitalization and rehabilitation. This report is intended to provide guidance to the Iraqi Marshlands stakeholders as well as the international community, to help build consensus on the desired future for the Marshlands. The purpose of this paper is three-fold. Firstly, it aims to provide a comprehensive overview and analysis of the current situation in the Marshlands region, focusing on both ecosystem and human development analysis. The paper aims to identify specific gaps in the existing data and elaborate on the need for future actions, based on a range of possible development scenarios. Secondly, this paper intends to direct the attention of policy-makers towards governance and management issues in the Marshlands, with view of advocating development of a single national vision for the Marshlands. Finally, the paper will serve as a base reference for the key stakeholders in the Marshlands to launch a specific set of initiatives to re-address the governance, human development and environmental challenges in the Iraqi Marshlands.
  • Geographical coverage: Asia, Iraq
  • Main themes: Ecosystem services, Environment, Poverty reduction, Water governance, Wetlands
  • Main target audience: Policy makers, Water managers
  • Main purpose: Assessment, Prospective
  • Type of resource: Case studies, Indicators, Recommendations, Scenario report
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Published in 2015