High-Level Workshop on Groundwater Management in Iraq

Secondly, assistance in building irrigation systems to assist in diverting and allocating water to specific areas for domestic and agriculture uses.

Dr Sadeq Al Jawad, the Advisor for Agriculture and Water of PMAC noted that “information on groundwater needs to be consolidated, and expanded, so that Iraq can manage and use these precious resources sustainably. Thanks to strategic sector studies carried out over the past few years, and the ASHRI-2 project, the water sector authorities have been provided an advanced knowledge base on the national groundwater resources; ASHRI-2 is in a position to provide guidance to the government to move forward with solid recommendations regarding the sustainable management of limited water resources”.

Through EU contribution of five million Euros, "ASHRI-2" has validated and updated essential data and information on Iraq’s groundwater resources, improving the government's management capabilities in this field.

Building upon UNESCO's long experience and studies in the field of drought and water resources' management in Iraq, ASHRI-2 crucially addresses water shortage and scarcity, and its dangerous outcome on socio-economic and cultural development, health, environment and eco-systems.

Towards the end of ASHRI-2, UNESCO Office for Iraq aims to harness a more developed knowledge base on groundwater resources, and to provide evidence based policy guidance and recommendations to the Government.

(Source: UNAMI)

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