Tag: IQ – The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape of the Mesopotamian Cities

Ancient Mesopotamian marshes threatened by Iraqi sewage, pollutants; Haydar Indhar; Phys.org

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In southern Iraq, putrid water gushes out of waste pipes into marshes reputed to be home to the biblical Garden of Eden, threatening an already fragile world heritage site.

Source: Ancient Mesopotamian marshes threatened by Iraqi sewage, pollutants

Pope to visit ancient city of Ur, ‘the cradle of civilization’; Azhar Al-Rubaie; Al Jazeera

Pope Francis expected to visit the ancient southern Iraqi city of Ur on Saturday.

Source: Pope to visit ancient city of Ur, ‘the cradle of civilization’

Rebuilding Iraq starting from water. The story of Salman Khairalla; Water Grabbing Observatory; LifeGate

Salman Khairalla is an Iraqi activist who’s been fighting to protect his country’s marshes, a key water resource, since 2007.

Source: Rebuilding Iraq starting from water. The story of Salman Khairalla – LifeGate

Iraqis turn to budding ecotourism to save marshes; AFP

Thirty years after Saddam Hussein starved them of water, Iraq’s southern marshes are blossoming once more thanks to a wave of ecotourists picnicking and paddling down their replenished river bends.

Source: Iraqis turn to budding ecotourism to save marshes

Unexpected rainfall revives Iraq’s historic marshlands; Raya Jalabi; Reuters

This time last year, most of Iraq’s historic marshlands were dry, desiccated by upstream damming and a chronic lack of rainfall.

Source: Unexpected rainfall revives Iraq’s historic marshlands

Iraq’s ancient city of Ur: source of law, site of wonder; Marta Bellingreri; Al Monitor

Tourists are slowly beginning to return to the ancient Sumerian city of Ur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, raising hopes among some locals.

Source: Iraq’s ancient city of Ur: source of law, site of wonder

Can Iraq beat the drought and become the breadbasket of the Middle East again?; Kieran Cooke; Middle East Eye

Despite an environmental crisis, award-winning expert Azzam Alwash believes that Iraq can revive its agriculture

Source: Can Iraq beat the drought and become the breadbasket of the Middle East again?

Iraq’s ‘Marsh Arabs’ look to restore once-lost culture with help from US scientists; Andrew O’Reilly; Fox News

Iraq – The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape of the Mesopotamian Cities

Living in arched reed houses and relying on water buffalo along with rice, barley, wheat and pearl millet for sustenance, the inhabitants of these wetlands – the so-called Marsh Arabs – maintained for centuries a lifestyle that was both unique and separate from the rest of the Middle East.

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