More than 2,500 tonnes of garbage were collected yesterday from the Governorates of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq- Erbil, Sulaimaniyah, Duhok and Halabja- as a result of the Let us Clean Kurdistan in One-Day campaign funded by the European Union.
With the objective of raising awareness on conservation of the environment, the campaign was supported by UNDP’s EU Local Area Development Programme (LADP), and organized by the Ministry of Municipality and Tourism of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Kurdistan Region Governorates, in collaboration with Clean Organization Environment Friends (COEF).
Minister of Municipality and Tourism, Mr. Newroz Mawlood Amin, said:
“Through this campaign, we would like to send a message to the world that Kurdistan people are friends of the environment, and to raise awareness because it is also the responsibility of citizens to support the government to clean their cities and the touristic locations.”
Mobilizing thousands of volunteers, around 100 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and media in pro bono support of the implementation, the cleaning campaign included twenty-three touristic locations in the four governorates of KR-I.
LADP Programme Manager, Ms. Isabela Uribe, said:
"The EU predicted a ‘waste tsunami’ if the world fails to cut down trash. As the global population is set to grow to 9.6 billion by 2050, the world had no choice but to dramatically cut down on waste or face a severe environmental backlash. This might not seem to be one of the top priorities at this point in time with the economic crisis and conflict.
"However, waste is not only part of the economy and an energy source of its own, but also part of the nature; and we would like this Region to be preserved beautiful and environmentally friendly.”
Through the pioneering EU funded Local Area Development Programme, the EU and UNDP are providing direct support to twelve Governorates to improve sector-wide planning and implementation, strengthen budget execution and service delivery, improve coordination between central and governorate levels and increase the participation of communities in local development.