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Launch of First Environment Strategy for Iraq

The United Nations welcomed the launch of the National Environment Strategy and Action Plan (NESAP) in Baghdad on Monday, on the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification. “This is a landmark step, the first ever national strategy for the environment and a blueprint for sustainable development in Iraq,” said Martin Kobler, the Special […]

UN Envoy Supports Greenbelts in Iraq

Speaking at a ministerial meeting on sand and dust-storms in the region, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya, on 21 February, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler (pictured), expressed his support for greenbelts in Iraq and proposed the establishment of a regional […]

UN’s Kobler on Sand- and Dust-Storms

SRSG Martin Kobler delivered the following addresss to the Twenty-seventh session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, in Nairobi, Kenya: I feel honoured to be here with you today at this important event. We came here to Nairobi from many different countries to discuss how we can make a difference. We care about the […]

Iraq “Needs $20bn to Upgrade Agriculture”

By John Lee. Iraq’s Parliamentary Agriculture Committee says that Iraq needs investment of more than $20 billion to upgrade the agricultural sector. Committee member Kadhim al-Bahadili told AIN: “The deliberate negligence by the former regime to the agricultural sector caused significant desertification and obliged 80 percent of the farmers to abandon their lands and move […]

Anbar Announces Desert Cultivation Project

The Anbar provincial council has announced a new project to cultivate desert of the western region. Hasssan al-Mulla, chairman of the council’s investment committee, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency: “The provincial council signed a memorandum of understanding with a UAE company, which includes a group of foreign companies, including a British one, to cultivate the […]