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Support for Data Collection – Demographic and Socio Economic Survey and Solid Waste Survey

Within the framework of Phase II-A of the UNEP Iraqi Marshlands project, UNEP has commissioned two surveys to collect data on demographic and socio-economic conditions, and on solid waste management in the communities in the southern Governorates.

The need for such data collection and analysis was raised by the Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works (MMPW) during the Kick-off and Coordination Meeting in April 2006 as well as the Advanced Training and Technical Meeting on Data Collection in June 2006. Dialogue with international and Iraqi partners also revealed that previous surveys and assessments have been conducted at the governorate level or in a limited number of villages. This lack of reliable data on basic services and living conditions collected and analyzed at the community level limits sound planning and development of environmental management practices and strategies at the municipality level. The surveys have been developed to address such data gaps.

The surveys are being conducted by the University of Thi-Qar with UNEP guidance, through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two organizations. In order to ensure the utility and soundness for subsequent planning and strategy development, MMPW has been engaged in the survey design and in the review of data and analysis.

The socio-economic survey covers the marshland villages in the districts of Al-Chibayish, Al-Midaina, Al-Qurna, Al-Deyr, Garmat Ali, Al-Maymuna, Al-Majr, and Qal’at Al-Salih in the three governorates. The survey is being carried out through field visits to the villages and interviews using questionnaire forms. Information is being collected on the community location, population, activities for livelihood, and on the current conditions as well as problems faced in the services for water supply and sanitation, health, schools and electricity.

The solid waste survey covers nine cities and towns in the three governorates identified by MMPW. Information on the current solid waste management practices is being collected through field visits and using questionnaires. Sampling surveys are also being carried out to determine the household solid waste generation rates and the solid waste characteristics.

Survey results are expected to be available by the end of August 2007.