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Iraq Delegation to Visit Turkey over Water Dispute

By John Lee. An Iraqi government delegation is planning to visit Turkey to discuss environmental concerns over Turkey’s Ilisu Dam on the Tigris River. Iraqi Water Resources Minister Hassan al-Janabi (pictured) recently commented: “All regions of Iraq face the danger of water scarcity.” The amount of water in key Iraqi rivers has reportedly fallen by […]

Tribal Disputes Flare in over Water Scarcity

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Tribal disputes flare in southern Iraq over water scarcity Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi gave instructions on Feb. 11 to stop the encroachment upon water quotas and increase the […]

Conserving Iran and Iraq’s Wetlands

There’s growing awareness in the Islamic Republic of Iran that wetlands are valuable and sustain livelihoods. Ramsar, “the gem of northern Iran”, is the town that gives its name to the Ramsar Convention. The Convention is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use […]

Drought Threatens 1m Acres in Kurdistan

By John Lee. Nearly 1 million acres (400,000 hectares) of land in the Kurdistan Region have reportedly been rendered barren due to drought. Faruq Ali, Director of Crop Production at the Ministry of Agriculture and Water resources, told Rudaw: “Due to the lack of rainfall during this year’s plantation season, I predict that nearly 60 […]

NIC Announces 157 Major Strategic Projects in Iraq

By John Lee. Iraq’s National Investment Commission (NIC) has just announced the list of major strategic projects to be presented during the Kuwait International Conference for Iraq Reconstruction, to be held in Kuwait from 12th to 14th February. The 157 large- and medium-sized projects span all sectors of the Iraqi economy, including oil and gas, […]

Basra’s Barrier Against Poisoned Iranian Water Crumbling

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. A soil barrier built to protect Basra’s farms and oil fields from polluted water flushed out of Iran is leaking. It’s the latest in a long list of water woes […]

Iraq buys U.S. Wheat

By John Lee. Iraq has reportedly bought U.S. hard red winter wheat in a direct deal outside the tender process. Sources told Reuters that the product will be supplied by Cargill (300,000 tonnes) and ADM (Archer Daniels Midland) (150,000 tonnes). Separtely, private exporters reported to the U.S. Department of Agriculture export sales of 100,000 metric […]

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Video: Iran “Reduces Water Supply” over Iraqi Kurd Vote

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. While Iraq has taken measures against its semi-autonomous Kurdish region for last month’s secession vote, Kurdish farmers say they’re also being punished by neighbouring Iran. They say Tehran has stemmed the flow of […]

In Basra, Fighting Rising Temperatures With Trees

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. To fight climate change in Basra, where summer temperatures now regularly rise to over 50 degrees Centigrade, locals plan to plant 16 million trees. The volunteers are on course for […]