Tag Archives | water management

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 […]

$210m Project to Improve Baghdad Water

Iraq: 5 Million Residents in Baghdad to Benefit from Improved Water Supply and Wastewater Services A US$210 million World Bank project will improve the quality of drinking water supply and wastewater services to 5 million residents in Baghdad who suffer from water shortages and the outbreak of waterborne diseases due to inadequate infrastructure, rapid population […]

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 […]

High-Level Workshop on Groundwater Management in Iraq

EU and UNESCO organize High-Level Workshop on “Building a Roadmap for Effective Groundwater Management in Iraq” The European Union (EU) and UNESCO organized a high level meeting on “Building a Roadmap for Effective Groundwater Management in Iraq”, in the context of the EU-funded project entitled “Advanced hydrogeological survey of groundwater resources in Iraq phase 2 […]

UNDP Improves Access to Safe Water in Sulaimaniyah

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Sulaimaniyah Governorate completed the rehabilitation of the main water network providing safe drinking water to hundreds of thousands of people. UNDP’s Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP) and Sulaimaniyah Governorate repaired key components of the main pipeline that transfers water from Dukan Lake to Sulaimaniyah Governorate. Pumping […]

Sustainable Management of Euphrates and Tigris Rivers

UNDP helps the Government of Iraq to enhance international cooperation on sustainable management of Euphrates and Tigris Rivers In collaboration with the Government of Iraq (GoI), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a 3-day workshop on enhancing international cooperation on sustainable management of Euphrates and Tigris Rivers. Held over the period of 13 to […]

Can Iraq, Turkey agree to Protect Marshes?

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Can Iraq reach dam agreement with Turkey to protect marshes? Severe drought is affecting agricultural lands across Iraq because of the low levels of river water. Iraqi officials […]

Water Loss could lead to Security Risks

By John Lee. Research has found that the Tigris-Euphrates Basin — comprising Turkey, Syria, Iraq and western Iran — is losing water faster than any other place on the planet except northern India. According to the UN Development Progamme (UNDP), while scientists have been able to record falling water levels, political analysts have simultaneously observed […]

Iran “Drying Out the Kurdistan Region”

By John Lee. The head of the Parliamentary Committee for Municipality and Tourism has said that there is a grave threat to water resources in parts of Iraqi Kurdistan due to an Iranian policy that will dry up the Region’s water resources originating in Iran. After visiting the Sirwan River in Halabjah province, Omer Haji […]