Kurdistan Resources: The Water Conference will have a very positive impact (photos)
Shafaq News/ The work of the first international conference, held at Kumar University in Sulaymaniyah Governorate within the Kurdistan Region, under the title (Water Resources in Iraq.... Trends and Concerns), is continuing.
The conference, which started on Sunday morning, witnessed the participation of the Iraqi Minister of Water Resources, the Minister of Agriculture in the Kurdistan Regional Government, and the Governor of Sulaymaniyah, as well as a large number of researchers and specialists in the conference hall at Kumar University in Sulaymaniyah.
The supervisor of the conference, Dr. Ako Rashid, told Shafaq News Agency, "The conference will include 95 scientific researches from around the world to discuss the water crisis and climate changes in Iraq and Kurdistan, which will last for 3 days, starting today."
On the other hand, the Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources in the Kurdistan Regional Government, Bekird Talabani, confirmed during a press conference attended by the agency, that "convening this conference at this time will have a very positive impact, as water is one of the necessities of life and has an impact on the economic, political and commercial situation and even interstate diplomacy.
Talabani added, "There are 226 shared sources of water in the world, and Iraq and Kurdistan have become vulnerable to drought and desertification after rainfall decreased to 50%."
The Kurdish minister pointed out that "the current situation requires cooperation and joint steps between the Federal Ministries of Water Resources and the Ministry of Agriculture in the region, to develop joint plans to manage the water file and face challenges."
On Sunday, Minister of Water Resources, Mahdi Rashid Al-Hamdani, reiterated that the Tigris and Euphrates rivers have been affected by the recent climatic changes in the region, calling for increased activities and initiatives to protect this sector from depletion.
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