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The Ministry of Water Resources has prepared a strategic plan for the development of the marshlands for a period of 25 years, submitted by foreign bodies, and while it revealed that the current inundation rates of the marshes reached 73 percent, it confirmed that the water quotas had been fully secured for the current year.
The director of the Center for the Revitalization of Marshes and Wetlands, affiliated with the ministry, Samira Abdul Rouhi Al-Shabib, said in an interview with Al-Sabah newspaper, followed by Al-Iqtisad News, that "the ministry has prepared a strategic plan for the development of the marshlands for a period of 25 years, according to a basic design, submitted by foreign parties, but it needs funds large,” explaining that there are “attempts to provide it through specialized international organizations.”
She stressed that "the water quotas for the marshes are fully secured for the current year," noting that "all the marshes have become separate from each other, namely Al-Hawizeh, Al-Wusta, and Al-Hammar, after they were one water body in the past. water in order to sustain it in the future.
Al-Shabib stated that "the current inundation rates of the marshes amounted to 73 percent of the total area of the marshes of five thousand and 556 square kilometers," noting that "the ministry adopted work programs that included opening drainage outlets, establishing gates to maintain water levels, clearing canals of sedimentation, reeds and Nile flower, and constructing Various regulators, which contributed to the movement of water from one area to another inside the marshes."
She complained of "the presence of abuses on the water quotas between the governorates, whose impact has become direct on that link to the marshes," noting that "the necessary measures have been taken to remove some of them with judicial approval."
She stressed, "Most of its employees working on the removal of abuses were subjected to various attacks when doing their work," pointing out "the great drought impact on biodiversity, especially fish lakes, due to the lack of levels, and the difference in water quality as a result of the high salinity in the waters of the marshes."
She revealed that "the National Committee for the Management of the Marshes Property on the World Heritage List approved projects that cost 125 billion dinars and submitted them to UNESCO, which did not object to them, but the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers allocated 80 billion dinars only for the current year, and it has not been disbursed
In addition, the director of the Marshlands and Wetlands Projects Department in Dhi Qar Governorate, Adnan Abdullah Al-Moussawi, explained that "the discharge that reaches the Euphrates River in Nasiriyah, which is 80 cubic meters per second, will maintain the sustainability of the water level in the marshes of the province," denying "the news that I talked about a large migration of buffalo breeders outside the marsh areas because of their drought."
He added that "the movement of buffalo breeders is considered normal at such times annually, as they resort to areas where there is a lot of water within the marshes, to return later to their original areas," stressing that "Iraq, although it is going through a dry season, but there are no fears of Any major damages may be caused to the marsh dwellers."
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