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Environmental Awareness Programme

April – August 2008

Nine More Marshlands communities have been covered by UNEP’s Environmental Awareness Programme (EAP)

The environmental awareness programme for the third phase has been launched in April 2008, in cooperation with the Women and Environment Organization (WEO), an Iraqi non-governmental organization and has been completed by August 2008. This was the third EAP conducted as part of community level initiatives following the ones implemented under Phase I and II-B of the Project. Similar to the EAP under Phase II-B, the programme specifically targeted women in rural villages which had not been covered by the previous EAPs. The programme covered nine Marshlands communities, three communities each, in Governorates of Basrah, Thi-Qar and Missan. The covered communities are listed below.

Basrah Governorate

  • Al-Jurf village (Al-Midaina District)
  • Talha (Al-Midaina District)
  • Nahairat village (Al-Midaina District)
Thi-Qar Governorate
  • Al-Bu Hamadan (Suq Al-Shoyokh District)
  • Al-Nawashi (Suq Al-Shoyokh District)
  • Al-Othman (Al-Chibayish District)
Missan Governorate
  • Esla'yel (Al-Kahla District)
  • As-Sulaymia (Al-Maimouna District)
  • Bab Al-Hawa (Al-Maimouna District)

Most of those communities lack basic services such as access to safe drinking water, sanitation, health services, schools and electricity. The programme was initiated by the training course on EAP to “train the trainers” in May 2008. Seven people including female instructors, tribal/religious leaders and female volunteers in Basrah, Thi-Qar and Missan participated in the training. From June 2008, those trained instructors visited Marshlands communities and held the EAP workshops. During the workshops, instructors conducted practical demonstrations and lectures, including collecting water from areas that are less likely to be polluted, how to treat water for safe drinking, sustainable reed harvesting practices, and basic health and hygiene measures. The participants have expressed great interest and enthusiasm, and have received the practical information materials, small goods and equipment to enable them to improve basic environmental and health practices in their daily lives. Follow-up visits were conducted one month after the workshops to assess the impacts of the programme and it was recognized that the EAP has helped changing attitudes of women in the Marshlands communities, who have gained knowledge and information related to the environment and the Marshlands. A total of 400 women; 133 in Basrah, 134 Thi-Qar and 133 in Missan, some of them with their children, have participated in the workshops.

Women and their accompanying children participating in the workshops

Information materials used for the programmes

Goods distributed to women participated in the workshops