Writing about web page http://marshlands.unep.or.jp/
This week(it has already last week though) task is some topics related about history.
I found the topic about the UNEP project about Iraqi marshland project. This project is not old so it can be only very very new history, but Japan, where I am from, is the main funding country and also the news is my blog topic so I choose this news.
This Mesopotamian marshlands in southern Iraq was damaged during the regime of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
This project is for restoring Iraqi marshland, where has been alerted the world to their plight by UNEP since 2001, it released satellite images showing that 90% of these wetlands had been lost. Surprisingly, an expert says entire wetlands could disappear entirely by 2005! UNEP said.
'Further studies released in 2003 showed that an additional 3% had gone. Experts feared that the entire wetlands, home to a people who are the heirs of the Babylonians and Sumerians, could disappear entirely by 2008.' and '...the Unep restoration scheme, however successful, cannot hope to restore the wetlands to their former glory' according to the Guardian on 27th September 2004
This article is also mention about the funding and Japanese government is paying 6m pounds for the project through the UN Development Group Iraq Trust Fund
At the World Water Forum held on 16–23 March in 2003, in Kyoto, Japan that UNEP's Post Conflict Assessment Unit stood ready to assist in any project to restore the Iraqi wetlands.
As the UNEP said UNEP itself does not have successful experience to restore marshlands. According to the latest article in DailyYomiuri on 19th October 2004 (not avilable in online), however, the UNEP decided to invite about 120 Iraqi exprert to Japan in the middle of Npvember to train them in water-quality management to help them restore the marshlands.
Not only social or political problems, but also ENVIRONMENT severe problems are facing Iraq and of course the world due to the Saddam regime.