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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Iraq held a one-day meeting entitled “Our Marshes, Our Lives” recently in Chabayish, Dhi Qar, with representatives of local authorities from Basra, Dhi Qar and Maysan governorates, official representatives of the Ministries of Agriculture, Water Resources, Environment and Health, and from the Farmers Union to discuss the water crisis In the Iraqi marshes and ways forward to help farmers and buffalo breeds .
Discussions focused on the impact of water scarcity on buffalo breeders, fishermen, and the general biodiversity of the Iraqi marshes, and came up with short, medium and long-term plans to deal with these challenges.
FAO Representative in Iraq Dr. Salah Al-Hajj Hassan says: “FAO is following the tragic situation in southern Iraq, particularly in the marshes. We have already called for action to help buffalo producers overcome climate change and water shortages in July, and we continue to cooperate with local authorities and ministries of agriculture and environment. To meet these challenges with the generous support of the European Union ."
During the meeting, Dr. El Shazly Kayoli, Senior International Animal Value Chain Expert for FAO in Iraq, presented the results of the assessment conducted under the EU-funded project on the challenges faced by livestock owners and buffalo keepers in a particular context .
In addition to the recommendations and solutions proposed by the participants during the discussions, the meeting concluded by inviting the participants to submit their written suggestions and recommendations within seven days to be compiled, reviewed and finalized to be shared with relevant public institutions and international organizations to start discussions for support .
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