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Kick-off Meeting for UNEP-UNESCO Joint Project "Natural Cultural Management of the Iraqi Marshlands as World Heritage" - Agenda

25-26 June 2009
Kempinski Hotel Amman, Amman, Jordan

Dr. Khalida Bouzar, Deputy Director, UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE)
Mrs. Anna Paolini, Director, UNESCO Office for Jordan

Day 1 (Thursday, 25 June 2009)

9:00 - 9:30 / Opening Session: Welcome and Keynote Remarks

9:30 - 10:15 / Role of UNEP and UNESCO in Iraq and UNEP-UNESCO Project

An overview of roles and activities by UNEP and UNESCO in Iraq to date was presented, focusing on environmental management and natural/cultural resource management. An introduction to the UNEP-UNESCO project was provided.

10:15 - 10:45 / Coffee Break

10:45 - 12:30 / Presentation and Discussion: Current and Historical Management and Development of the Iraqi Marshlands

In this session, an overview of current and historical environmental, cultural, and socio-economic management initiatives in Iraq, focusing on the Iraqi Marshlands, was presented by ministry representatives. Each ministry also discussed its role and responsibilities associated with natural and cultural management related to the World Heritage Programme. A presentation of the planning and development for the Marshlands area was provided. Local conditions in the Iraqi Marshlands and the community needs from the perspectives of local communities were also highlighted. Discussions followed.

12:30 - 14:00 / Lunch

14:00 - 15:30 / Presentation and Discussion: UNEP-UNESCO Project and World Heritage Programme

A presentation on the UNEP-UNESCO Project, targeting main areas of activity, was given. As the project utilizes the World Heritage inscription process as a tool, an introduction to the World Heritage Convention and the World Heritage Inscription Process were also provided, focusing on the national obligations and mixed-site management.

15:30 - 15:45 / Coffee Break

15:45 - 17:00 / Discussion: UNEP-UNESCO Project

Feedback on the project activities including management mechanism, potential areas for targeted implementation and ensuring local stakeholder participation was solicited.

17:00 - 18:30 / Reception

Day 2 (Friday, 26 June 2009)

8:00 - 8:10 / Welcome Remarks by UNEP and UNESCO Co-Chairs

8:10 - 10:00 / Panel Discussion on Donor initiatives and coordination

In this session, each panellist provided a 10-minute overview of their initiatives and results related to promoting sustainable management of Iraqi Marshlands, including potential areas of cooperation with the UNEP-UNESCO Project.

10:00 - 10:15 / Coffee Break

10:15 - 10:45 / Reflections from Iraqi Perspectives and Summary of Panel Discussions

Reflections from the Iraqi Perspectives were provided. The co-chairs then summarized the panel discussions and formulate recommendations to promote cooperation/coordination for the project.

  • Mr. Hasan Werewoush Mohammad Al-Asadi, Thi-Qar Governorate Council
  • Mr. Fattah Mohsin Ali Al-Musawi, Basra Governorate Council
  • Ms. Aseel Adel Fattah, Ministry of Planning and Development Cooperation
  • Dr. Abbas Naji Balasem, State Ministry for Marshlands
  • Mr. Tawfik Mohammed Saeed Feissel, Director General, Department of Research and Studies, Ministry of Culture
  • Mr. Samer Adnan Hani, Ministry of Environment

10:45 - 11:00 / Closing Remarks

  • His Excellency Mr. Hassan Al-Sari, State Minister of Marshlands, Iraq
  • Dr. Hamid Muzel Hamid Al-Rawy, Ministry of Culture, Iraq
  • Mr. Voltan, Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, Italy
  • Mrs. Anna Paolini, Director, UNESCO Office for Jordan
  • Dr. Khalida Bouzar, Deputy Director, UNEP-DTIE