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Training Course on Sustainable Management of the Iraqi Marshlands - Agenda



Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD)
Damascus, Syria
7 –15 April 2008



Day 1 (6 April 2008)

18:00- : Welcome dinner


Day 2 (7 April 2008)

9:00 - 9:30 : Opening/Welcoming Statements

Dr. Basel Al-Yousfi, Deputy Regional Director, UNEP ROWA

Dr. Chizuru Aoki, Senior Programme Officer / Iraq Project Coordinator, UNEP DTIE IETC

Dr. Hussein Laswad, Assistant Director General, ACSAD

Dr. Abdullah Droubi, Director, Water Resources Division, ACSAD

Dr. Ali Al-Lami, National Coordinator, UNEP Iraqi Marshlands Project

9:45 - 10:00 : Training course overview

Mr. Olli Repo, Junior Professional Officer, UNEP DTIE IETC

2-1_Training course overview - Mr. Olli Repo (PDF 1.97MB)

10:00 - 10:45 : UNEP project overview

Dr. Sivapragasam Kugaprasatham, Project Officer, UNEP DTIE IETC

Dr. Ali Al-Lami, National Coordinator, UNEP Iraqi Marshlands Project

2-2_UNEP Iraqi Marshlands Project Overview - Dr. Sivapragasam Kugaprasatham & Dr. Ali Al-Lami (PDF 2.38MB)

Integrated solid waste management

11:00 - 12:15 : Concepts and practice in the region

Dr. Basel Al-Yousfi, Deputy Director, UNEP ROWA

2-3_Integrated Solid Waste Management -Arab Region - Dr. Basel Al-Yousfi (PDF 7.94MB)

12:15 - 12:30 : Discussion

12:30 - 12:45 : Current status and initiatives for solid waste management in Iraq

Mr. Sabah Al-Asadi, Manager of Al-Homor Municipality Office, Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works (MMPW)

13:00 - 14:30 : UNEP solid waste survey in the Iraqi Marshlands

Mr. Ryidh A. Yasir, Lecturer, Marsh Research Center, Thi-Qar University

2-4_UNEP Survey on Solid Waste - Mr. Ryidh A. Yasir (PDF 3.93MB)

Dr. Sivapragasam Kugaprasatham, Project Officer, UNEP DTIE IETC

2-5_UNEP Solid waste survey in the southern governorates of Iraq - Dr. Sivapragasam Kugaprasatham (PDF 4.11MB)

14:30 - : Welcome Lunch


Day 3 (8 April 2008)

Current status of the Iraqi Marshlands Management

8:30 - 9:15 : Water resource management

Ms. Aseel Al-Mousawi, Strategic Planning Department, Centre for Restoration of Iraqi Marshlands (CRIM), Ministry of Water Resources (MOWR)

3-1_MoWR - Ms. Aseel Al-Mousawi (PDF 7.14MB)

9:15 - 10:00 : Public works and infrastructure management

Mr. Basim Hasmin, City Planner, Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works (MMPW)

3-2_MMPW - Mr. Basim Hasmin (PDF 1.89MB)

10:15 - 11:00 : Environmental management

Ms. Najlah Hamode, Manager, Department of Marshlands, Ministry of Environment (MOE)

3-3_MoEn - Ms. Najlah Hamode (PDF 5.17MB)

11:15 - 12:15 : The role of Marsh Arab Forum

Mr. Badea L. Abdulrazaq, Chair, Chibayish Marshes Council, Marsh Arab Forum

3-4_Marsh chibayish counsil - Mr. Badea L. Abdulrazaq (PDF 142KB)

12:15 - 12:30 : Discussion

12:45 - 13:15 : Instructions

Dr. Sivapragasam Kugaprasatham, Project Officer, UNEP DTIE IETC

13:15 - 14:30 : Steps to develop an integrated management plan

Dr. Sivapragasam Kugaprasatham, Project Officer, UNEP DTIE IETC

Group work: Towards an integrated marshlands management plan (PDF 925KB)


Day 4 (9 April 2008)

Wetland management

8:30 - 10:30 : Overview and current practices

Dr. Mohammad Abido, Head, Biodiversity Programme, Plant Studies Department, ACSAD

4-1-1_Wetland Management lecture 1 - Dr. Mohammad Abido (PDF 124KB)

4-1-2_Wetland Management part 1 - Dr. Mohammad Abido (PDF 2.20MB)

4-1-3_Wetland Management part 2 - Dr. Mohammad Abido (PDF5.11MB)

Integrated water resources management

10:45 - 12:15 : Overview and current practices

Dr. Mahmoud Al-Sibai, Water Resources Department, ACSAD

4-2-1_IWRM part 1 - Dr. Mahmoud Al-Sibai (PDF 5.39MB)

4-2-2_IWRM part 2 - Dr. Mahmoud Al-Sibai (PDF 9.98MB)

4-2-3_IWRM_DSS part 1 - Dr. Mahmoud Al-Sibai (PDF 7.41MB)

4-2-4_IWRM_DSS part 2 - Dr. Mahmoud Al-Sibai (PDF 8.10MB)

12:15 - 13:00 : Water resource management in Iraq

Mr. Hydar Ali, Hydraulic Department, Centre for Restoration of Iraqi Marshlands (CRIM), Ministry of Water Resources (MOWR)

4-3_MoWR - Mr. Hydar Ali (PDF 1.76MB)

13:00 - 13:45 : Transboundary water resource management

Dr. Chizuru Aoki, Senior Programme Officer / Iraq Project Coordinator, UNEP DTIE IETC

4-4_Transboundary WRM presentation - Dr. Chizuru Aoki (PDF 2.50MB)

14:00 - 14:30 : Discussion & summary


Day 5 (10 April 2008)

Biodiversity management

8:30 - 9:30 : Overview and basic principles

9:30 - 10:45 : Biodiversity management in Syria

Dr. Mohammad Abido, Head, Biodiversity -Programme, Plant Studies Department, ACSAD

5-1-1_Biodiversity management part1 - Dr. Mohammad Abido (PDF 2.53MB)

5-1-2_Biodiversity management part2 - Dr. Mohammad Abido (PDF 3.80MB)

5-1-3_Biodiversity management part3 - Dr. Mohammad Abido (PDF 6.33MB)

11:00 - 12:00 : Current status and initiatives for biodiversity management in Iraq

Ms. Suhad Hadi, Biodiversity Division, Ministry of Environment (MOE)

5-2_MoEn - Ms. Suhad Hadi (PDF 835KB)

12:00 - 12:45 : Overview of multilateral environmental agreements

Dr. Ahmad Ali Ghosn, Programme Officer, UNEP ROWA

5-3_MEAs - Dr. Ahmad Ali Ghosn (PDF 69KB)

12:45 - 14:30 : Role of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Mr. David Coates, Programme Officer, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

5-4_The role of the CBD - Mr. David Coates (PDF 2.92MB)


Day 6 (11 April 2008)

Field trip – a tour along Barada river ecosystem


Day 7 (12 April 2008)

Day off


Day 8 (13 April 2008)

Sustainable development: water and energy

8:30 - 9:45 : Overview of concepts and current practices

Dr. Sivapragasam Kugaprasatham, Project Officer, UNEP DTIE IETC

8-1_UNEP Overview Water and Energy - Dr. Sivapragasam Kugaprasatham (PDF 2.76MB)

9:45 - 11:15 : Water provision with alternative energy options: Regional experiences

Dr. Mohamad Kordab, Professor, Expert on Energy for Sustainable Development, Damascus University, Syria

8-2_Water provision - Dr. Mohamad Kordab (PDF 2.92MB)

11:30 - 12:15 : Water provision with alternative energy: Solar stills

Mr. Olli Repo, Junior Professional Officer, UNEP DTIE IETC

8-3_UNEP Solar stills - Mr. Olli Repo (PDF 5.70MB)

Sustainable development: sanitation & health

12:15 - 13:15 : Overview of concepts and current practices

Dr. Haytham Shahin, Researcher, High Institute of Environmental Research, Tishreen University, Syria

8-4_Sanitation & health - Dr. Haytham Shahin (PDF 4.39MB)

Potential support mechanisms

13:15 - 14:15 : Biodiversity management: CBD and Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Mr. David Coates, Programme Officer, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

8-5_Biodiversity management and the CBD - Mr. David Coates (PDF 358KB)

14:15 - 14:30 : Discussion


Day 9 (14 April 2008)

8:30 - 9:00 : Group Work (continued)

Dr. Sivapragasam Kugaprasatham, Project Officer, UNEP DTIE IETC

Sustainable development: sanitation & health (continued)

9:00 - 9:30 : Current status and initiatives for sanitation provision in Iraq

Mr. Raheem Ismael, General Director, Sewerage Department, Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works (MMPW)

Potential support mechanisms (continued)

9:30 - 10:15 : Overview of UN Iraq Reconstruction Facility and bilateral support

Dr. Chizuru Aoki, Senior Programme Officer / Iraq Project Coordinator, UNEP DTIE IETC

9-1_UN and bilateral support - Dr. Chizuru Aoki (PDF 3.69MB)

10:15 - 11:15 : UNESCO’s work on water resources and potential support

Mr. Ryuichi Fukuhara, Assistant Programme Specialist for Natural Sciences, UNESCO

9-2_UNESCO - Water - Mr. Ryuichi Fukuhara (PDF 2.20MB)

11:30 - 12:30 : World Heritage

Ms. Tamara Teneishvili, Culture Programme Specialist for Iraq, Jordan, Syria, UNESCO

9-3_UNESCO World Heritage - Ms. Tamara Teneishvili (PDF 14.28MB)

12:30 - 13:15 : Supporting environmental management with Iraqi resources

Dr. Ali Al-Lami, National Coordinator, UNEP Iraqi Marshlands project

9-4_Supporting environmental management with Iraqi resources - Dr. Ali Al-Lami (PDF 54KB)

13:15 - 14:30 : Group Work (continued)

Dr. Sivapragasam Kugaprasatham, Project Officer, UNEP DTIE IETC


Day 10 (15 April 2008)

8:30 - 9:30 : Group work: presentations

9:30 - 10:00 : Quiz

Dr. Chizuru Aoki, Senior Programme Officer / Iraq Project Coordinator, UNEP DTIE IETC

Dr. Sivapragasam Kugaprasatham, Project Officer, UNEP DTIE IETC

10:00 - 10:30 : Training evaluation

Mr. Olli Repo, Junior Professional Officer, UNEP DTIE IETC

11:00 - 12:00 : Closing ceremony

Representatives: UNEP, ACSAD, Iraqi Ministries