Project detail

Location within Country:SOUTH – WETLANDS AREA
Name of Client:NATURE IRAQ
Start date (month/year):01/2004
Completion date (month/year):12/2012
Value of contract($):15,630,000.00
Total N° of staff-months of the assignment:180
Value of services provided by Consultant($):5,137,090
Date:14 Oct, 2015


Master plan to re-flood and restore the mesopotamian marshlands in southern iraq, accounting for available water resources, investments plan, socio-economic aspects, environmental protection

The purpose of the New Eden project is to re-flood and restore the Mesopotamian marshlands in southern Iraq. Following the agricultural development and the water management policy pursued under the past regime, the wetland area, which extends for some 10,000 km2 at the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates, was completely desiccated with devastating effects from an ecological and socio-economic perspective. Within the New Eden Project a strategic master plan for managing water resources in southern Iraq has been developed with the aim to improve water utilization efficiency and provide facilities and infrastructure to foster the sustainable development of the Marshlands at the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates. The addressed issues included integrated water resources management (IWRM), flood control, water resources monitoring, environmental restoration, economic enhancement, water supply and water demand needs, community building for returning refugees, and promotion of EU WFD approach, as well as the definition of investment plans. The project delivers valuable tools, which enable the Iraqi authorities to improve their planning, and managing capabilities. The project includes a large capacity building component providing training courses on data collection and management, hydrology (including computer modelling tools), implementation of best practices in river basin management, hydrologic and environmental monitoring tools, GIS, legislation on water and environment, water and sanitation master planning, a dissemination component based on a participatory approach that focuses on the concept of “sharing information” in order to facilitate public education and awareness, and an institutional component aiming at defining the relationship between the different Ministries involved in the water resources management, and outline legal and polcy reforms for the management of the wetlands system. The services provided include: topographic and environmental surveys, mapping and GIS, monitoring of re-flooded areas, numerical modeling of the marshlands, master planning, preliminary design of the infrastructure; upgrading of water and sanitation services; consultancy with local communities and other stakeholders on their participation in pilot projects; socio-economic field survey; provision of training on data collection and management; large-scale hydrodynamic river models.