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Donor Coordination Meeting on Iraqi Marshland Management - Summary Report




Date: 6-8 November 2005
Venue: Paris, France

Objectives:

1) To evaluate the progress of activities taken thus far within the Iraqi Marshlands.

2) To identify priority areas that merit further support and potential cooperation.

3) To review the process of the coordination mechanism and make recommendations as necessary.

Overview:

As part of the Marshlands Coordination Mechanism, agreed to by relevant Iraqi institutions and donor countries in October 2004, UNEP held the fourth donor coordination meeting on Iraqi Marshlands Management. The meeting took place from the 6th to the 8th of November in Paris, France.

The meeting was organized over two days. Sessions on day one provided a platform for the Iraqi Ministries of Environment, Municipalities and Public Works, and Water Resources, to highlight their work within the Marshlands. In addition, local government officials and community representatives from the southern governorates of Basrah, Missan, and Thi-Qar gave an overview about the current status of the Iraqi Marshlands and the immediate concerns of the local Marshlands community. The donor community also presented their updates on on-going and planned activities in the Iraqi Marshlands.

On day two participants divided into three working groups: Water Task Management, Ecological Task Management, and Socio-Economic Task Management. Each group reviewed and updated the matrix of activities based on reports from participants, assessment of priority needs for further activities, and discussions on how to move forward with the coordination mechanism.

The meeting ended with several conclusions including an agreement to establish a web site to share and exchange information and a need for continued coordination among different levels of Iraqi government and the international community.

The participants for the Donor Meeting included the Iraqi Ministers of Environment, Water Resources, and Municipalities and Public Works. Also in attendance were representatives from Iraqi authorities at the national, governorate, and local levels. From the donor side representatives from Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Government of Japan, Italian Ministry of Environment and Territories(IMET), and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) attended.